Life can be full of anxiety making situations for adults as well as children e.g. starting school or going to hospital. The children who attend our groups are often trying and learning new things, it’s not surprising that they get anxious sometimes.
Children will pick up on adult emotions, so if parents are worried or anxious about something, that is likely to be passed onto their children.
Encouraging children to talk about what they are feeling is important and adults should acknowledge these feelings. Avoid telling them that ‘they are silly’ or ‘that it will be fine’.
Are there ways in your setting that you can help parents to do this?
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