Having an anxious toddler is no easy feat in parenthood. Your child will feel worried for what seems like no reason at all. Your anxious toddler probably fears new situations, new foods and anything that comes into their life unexpectedly. Having an anxious toddler can be parenthood difficult because you simply want to help your toddler be less anxious but aren’t sure the best way to go about that.
Today I’m sharing tips for raising an anxious toddler to help you survive the anxious toddler years with ease.
Tips for Raising an Anxious Toddler
Do not Avoid
The worst thing you can do for an anxious toddler is to create a world where you avoid anything that makes them anxious. While you should adapt life to make anxiety be easier to manage at a toddler age, avoiding every situation that makes your toddler anxious won’t help them overcome their anxiety.
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Teach Emotional Words
Start teaching your anxious child an emotional vocabulary. These will be words that define how they’re feeling. An anxious toddler is going to need to be more equipped with emotional words than the average toddler. Teaching your anxious toddler how to recognize their emotion and verbalize it will help make anxious moments easier.
Teach Management Skills
Chances are that if your toddler is already showing signs of anxiety then they’ll tend to be a nervous person in general. Start teaching your anxious child management skills to recognize how they feel, express it verbally and then work through the anxious feeling. These skills must be taught as early as possible.
Lastly, you will want to tread lightly when it comes to having an anxious toddler. Be sure to tread lightly into a new situation or experience. Take the time to explain to your anxious toddler where you’ll be going, who will be there, and what will be expected. Doing these steps to tread lightly will help keep anxious toddler meltdowns minimal.
Anxious toddlers are just like you and me, we all get a little nervous when something new is about to happen or a big change occurs. Working to implement each of the tips I shared today for raising an anxious toddler will help make life a bit easier for you and your toddler.