Anxiety in kids and teens
Parenting a child with anxiety is tough, but you don't have to ...
Everybody has different feelings about going back to ‘normal.'
Parentline QLD & NT asked parents if they were ready to return to normal. Half of parents were, and half weren’t.
We also asked young people on Instagram whether they were ready to go back to ‘normal’. 39% of young people told us they weren’t ready.
Here are some direct quotes from young people about why they feared getting back to the way things were.
There are many reasons why going back to normal might be anxiety-provoking for your child. Here are some of the main concerns young people had:
Grief/loss over changes in lifestyle
'Normal’ won’t be the same as before COVID-19
Return to pre-COVID-19 stresses, like school bullying
Life was better in isolation, e.g. more time with family
Feeling safe at home and unsafe/out-of-control in public
Fear of COVID-19 second-wave
“It’s ok to not have all the answers. If your child asks a question you can’t answer, or needs help with something you don’t know how to solve, be honest. It’s a great opportunity to do some research and learn something new together.”
– Amanda, Kids Helpline Counsellor
If you are concerned that your child is more distressed than expected, is taking longer to recover or is struggling to cope, it’s important to seek professional support. ASD & PTSD are very treatable.
Need help supporting your child to return to normal?
There’s help available for parents if you’re looking for information and guidance. Try calling Parentline in your State or Territory for assistance.
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