In this episode, Tracey Biebel Johnson offers expert tips and advice to parents on how to approach and work through the worries their children may be experiencing. Tracey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over 16 years of experience working as a Child Specialist. She discusses the benefits of validating children’s anxieties and tells us how to break down their feelings step by step as part of a process to work through the issue. This approach empowers children to understand that what they are feeling is normal and gives them coping skills they can use in the future.
[3:28] Anxiety and worry are normal emotions for humans
[4:49] Worrying can be overwhelming
[5:58] So, what should we say to our kids when they feel worried?
[10:35] The idea of bravery can be understood by children
[12:14] Tracey’s blog post – Helping kids tame worry
[12:34] Leading with empathy and validation
[13:12] Storytelling and evidence review
[15:00] Mindfulness and thought bubbles
[16:53] Contact Tracey and find resources about this topic