Expert tips on how to raise babies and kids with anxiety

A child's sense of anxiety can affect the whole family.

Family and parenting coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser says parents can pick up signs of anxiety by spending more time with their children.

Read: Signs your child could be suffering from anxiety

She says that young babies and toddlers do not have the vocabulary to explain their anxiety, so it is important for parents to raise children who are equipped with the verbal and emotional language.

She says anxiety is an internal monitor which guides individuals in order to keep them safe.

Also read: How parents can support teens facing depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts

Dawson-Cosser explains that parents need to model healthy attitudes and behaviours for their children.

She advises that young children need to be made aware of how anxiety manifests itself, physically and emotionally.

According to Dawson-Cosser, many women who are in distress during their pregnancy can also transfer their anxiety to their infants.

Anxiety can be healthy, but many people with unhealthy types of anxiety can develop to an anxiety disorder.

The key difference between healthy and unhealthy anxiety has to do with how often it occurs and how an individual functions with it.

Anxiety is there as an expression of stress. It's triggered by fear.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

If we are in danger, fear and anxiety is a good thing.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

We all have an internal sensor that tells us if we are safe or not. Anxiety is triggered when we don't feel safe.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

Dawson-Cosser shares advice to parents and expectant mothers about how to take care of themselves and their kids.

Take a listen to her expert insights:


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