Next time your student or your child is facing anxiety due to a speech or upcoming test, in addition to all of the conventional wisdom (prepare, organize, practice), let them know that their anxiety can be their ally.
"You are not alone in how you feel."
You stamp someone with a "moody" label and all of a sudden you view them only as a moody person. You'll run on autopilot with them, calling them "moody" any time they try to communicate their emotions. By doing this, you won't even acknowledge what they're feeling.
This infographic tells a story about how parents-with great love and affection-try to help their anxious children. It also tells a silent tale about what those children wish they could express to their parents about what they are experiencing.
Anxiety doesn't show up like we think. In children, they may have panic attacks, but they may experience more subtle responses. Here are some examples of reactions I have seen in my own children.
It's scary to be young and dependent, more so when children are bombarded with accounts of every kidnapping, natural disaster or terrorist attack. Here are my thoughts about helping your anxiety-ridden son.
Our Darkest Moment There was a patch when Franny couldn't leave the apartment; she couldn't stand to be in public; she couldn't