Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child

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Here's practical guidance for parents who must cope with the many details related to raising children in today's unusually demanding environment. Bringing up kids today is different-and in many ways more difficult-than it was in past generations. Barron's Parenting Keys speak to today's parents, with answers to contemporary problems.

An experienced child psychiatrist describes anxiety-caused behavior patterns and advises parents on how to help their child cope with anxieties in ...

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Overview

Here's practical guidance for parents who must cope with the many details related to raising children in today's unusually demanding environment. Bringing up kids today is different-and in many ways more difficult-than it was in past generations. Barron's Parenting Keys speak to today's parents, with answers to contemporary problems.

An experienced child psychiatrist describes anxiety-caused behavior patterns and advises parents on how to help their child cope with anxieties in the context of both family and school environments. New in this edition is advice on how parents can help with anxiety problems unique to adolescence, updated information on medications, and more suggestions on working effectively with schools. Also discussed are warning signs in children that indicate a need for professional counseling, with advice to parents on how and where to find it.

"...shows parents how to recognize a child's anxieties and offers advice on how to help that child within the family and school environment."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764139161
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Barron's Parenting Keys
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 310,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharina Manassis, M.D., is a child psychiatrist on staff at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     v
Why Are Children Anxious?
The Range of Childhood Anxieties     3
The Origins of Sensitivity     7
How Anxiety Develops     10
The Fearful Child     15
How to Help Children Cope
Building Confidence     21
Techniques for Desensitization     28
Questions About Desensitization     32
Incentives for "Brave" Behavior     36
Questions About Incentive Systems     41
Defiant Behavior and Disincentives     45
The Child Who Worries     48
Helping Worried Children Cope     55
Getting Children to Cope Alone     60
Relieving Physical Stress     65
Relaxing the Mind     70
Diet, Exercise, and Sleep     73
Change and the Sensitive Child     78
When to Consider Medication     83
Specific Medications for Anxiety     88
Combining Techniques     94
Choosing Techniques     99
Specific Problems
Anxiety at Different Ages     105
The Clingy Child     111
School Refusal and Panic     115
Shyness and Silence     120
Unassertiveness     126
Obsessions and Rituals     129
Other Unusual Habits     134
Perfectionism, Delaying, and Lying     137
When the Danger Is Real     142
Others' Reactions to Anxiety
Family Interactions Around Anxiety     147
Being Consistent     153
Dealing with the Community     159
Dealing with Professionals     165
What If You're Still Struggling?     170
Appendix
Questions and Answers     174
Glossary     177
Resources for Helping Your Anxious Child     178
Index     182

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