You may have seen those posts on social media showing photos of young children with little hearts drawn on their wrists.
In case you were curious to find out the meaning of those doodles, the video below is just for you.
Be prepared to see something really sweet and touching, while sending an important message on how to protect and support your child.
Liz Petrone spoke about her son Luca’s struggles with severe anxiety. One day the worried boy burst into tears when he got on the school bus.
Although Liz attempted to comfort him from the fear as much as she could, it didn’t help.
So the next morning she decided to give her son a “gift” to make him feel better.
She gave him a peck on the hand and drew a heart on the place she’d kissed.
The boy would look down at the heart and know that he’s loved and that everything’s gonna be okay.
If your child suffers from anxiety, there are a few things you can do to provide emotional support for them.
First of all, reassuring your little one that everything’s alright isn’t always the best idea.
When you’re anxious, you desperately want to believe that there’s nothing to worry about, but your brain won’t let you.
Reassure your children that you understand how scary it is and that you’ll be by their side until it’s they are feeling secure and unafraid again.
Create a “worry character” together with your child and give it a name.
While you’re doing this, have your son or daughter describe the character in detail, for instance, when it appears the most, how it behaves, how it feels, or when it goes away.
This will help you find out more about how your child’s really feeling and how they are coping with their anxiety.