Show your child that you care — whether it's by sending notes in her lunchbox
or periodically volunteering in her classroom or at school events, or simply by sitting with her for five minutes at the kitchen table to check in every day after school. Keeping in touch with your child's life and feelings will give her a strong foundation at home and help you notice patterns and red flags. Take stock of whatever is going on in your child's life, including any family struggles, bullying
, friendship problems, ADHD or other learning difficulties
, or even issues related to giftedness
. All of these can compound your child's anxiety. Take heart in knowing that anxiety can be treated, especially when it's detected early. It's not realistic (or advisable) to totally eliminate your child's anxiety, the NASP says, so the goal should be to return your child to a typical level of functioning.