Even if your child's fears seem unreasonable to you, you can help them feel more safe -- emotionally safe -- by not challenging the fact that they are afraid.
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While reassurance is OK as a first response, to really connect with your child, look them in the eye, tell them you understand what they're going through and take some deep breaths together.
While better detection plays a part in the rising rates of children's anxiety, experts believe that the numbers also reflect a general societal shift. In other words, adults are stressed, too -- and our kids are feeling our pain.
The things your daughter is afraid of are very real to her, regardless of how impossible they may seem to you.
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