For some it’s not until you become a parent that you realise how capable you are of worrying all the time. The worries are endless when you have children from whether they’re developing at the right pace to if they’re making enough friends. If you’re a parent or about to become one then like me you’re probably no stranger to worrying. Learning how to address these worries and anxieties is important. Sometimes it means finding the solution to a problem and other times it means dealing with the anxiety itself. Here are some of my tips for easing your parenting worries.
Deal with Anxiety
There are many parenting concerns that are genuine and legitimate worries. If your baby has a fever you’re likely to be worried about them. However , there are times when the problem isn’t exactly what your worried about but how you choose to deal with the worry. You might feel anxious about your child going to school for the first time but the solution isn’t to stop them ever leaving your side. Sometimes it means confronting your anxiety and working through what’s causing the anxiety.
Use the Right Medical Resources
Your child’s health is extremely important so making sure they’re as healthy as possible is a priority. Not that you can’t worry unnecessarily but that’s why it helps to have appropriate resources you can use. If you have places and people to go to for advice and information it can ease any worries you have. Making a doctor’s appointment or even visiting the emergency department is sometimes the right response but sometimes you don’t know what to do. This is when an online Dr app or calling the NHS 111 number can be useful. You can get advice when you need it so you know what your next step should be.
Teach Children to Care for Themselves
Your child growing up makes for plenty of joyful moments but it can make you worry a lot too. Sending them out into the world can make you anxious as a parent. One way to ease your worries is to set your children up for the world. Having important conversations with them and teaching them to behave in ways you expect from them will help you feel more confident. Whether it’s time for them to walk to school on their own or tie their own shoelace you can teach them everything they need to know.
Practice Makes Perfect
Remember that it can take time for anyone to feel comfortable with different situations. The more you deal with things that cause you stress and anxiety the more you can get used to them. Sending your child to school on their first day might feel horrible but after a few weeks it will become so much easier.
You might spend every day worrying about your children but you can find ways to manage your worries and help you work through anxieties.