Have you noticed how many kids suffer from anxiety these days? Therapists are alarmed by the trend, experts can’t agree on the causes, and parents live with the threat daily. In this episode Billy and Joy discuss the probable causes of anxiety and leave you with some practical questions to consider as you raise your kids.
Talk about this:
What do we model in terms of our anxiety levels?
Do we fret? Are we "worriers?" Do we operate from a place of fear?
Are there fear and anxiety issues you need to deal with yourself?
What is our plan for ensuring our kids have a robust community?
Do we help them process the tension in the comparison game?
Do we encourage competition and achievement or elevate the higher value of relationships?
We have to ask ourselves, what's the price of striving in our families?
What would happen if we made it our AMBITION to lead quiet (er) lives?
A sobering look from the NYTimes Magazine...HERE
Lisa Damour’s book describes how anxiety impacts girls in her practice in her terrific book Untangled. Find it HERE
All kinds of great material from David Thomas and the team at Dayspring - HERE
Time Magazine profile of the anxiety issue teens face- HERE
Some blame anxiety on the lack of play... read about it HERE
Our previous podcast on keeping family fun HERE
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