Many children I see are worried or have fears about something. It could be that they are worried about what other people think of them or it could be worries about a situation. As we already know, helping children to see the reality of their fears, getting them to understand them better or allaying them is something parents & carers can do. But what can they do when we aren’t there at the moment they need to talk their fears through?
Some children find it comforting to have something to fiddle with at school – something like a stress ball or a toy. Something they can squeeze or hold for comfort. If you want your child to have a fiddle then you will need to speak to the school about it.
Other children like to have a worry stone – a small stone that they can put in their pocket. They can touch the stone and tell themselves there is nothing to worry about. They could even imagine that when they press the stone that the worry is going into the stone.
Children can also use a worry doll or toy where they write their worry down on a piece of paper and put it into the toys mouth. The worry can then disappear as it has been taken control of by the doll destroying it.
These are just a few coping strategies you could try. What other ideas do you have or do you use to help your child banish their worries?