When our children come to us worried about what they’re seeing or feeling about the world, how we respond makes a big difference. Knowing how to manage our own anxiety is just as important as supporting our children as they learn to experience theirs.
“I’m feeling flappy,” my five-year-old says, looking up at me. Flappy is our word for feeling restless, or out of sorts, or just not quite right. Whenever that happens, we start by talking about why, but what works better, every time, is hugging him hard, or, failing that, dance parties.