The Guidance Counselor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School provides short-term individual and small group guidance lessons that address academic and personal success. The Counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that include respect, bullying, conflict resolution/problem solving, study skills/test taking skills, and character education. Communication between the Guidance Counselor and parents is vital. If you have a concern about your child, please call or email.
Anxious children can benefit a great deal from support of their parents. The following tips will provide you with some ideas for helping your anxious child. For additional information, visit the full article by Family Counselor, Kathy Eugster.
Routines and Structure: Provide regular daily schedules and talk about anticipated schedule changes. This prepares your child.
Help Children Identify Feelings: Help your child identify feelings by talking about how the body feels, about tight hands and butterflies in the stomach.
Provide Opportunities for Communicating About Feelings: Watch, listen, and provide time to hear about feelings.
Provide Soothing and Comforting Strategies: Talk about ways to manage anxiety by singing, reading stories, hugging and exploring other ways to provide comfort and security.
Respect Your Child’s Fears: Acknowledge the fear and let your child know you will help him/her.
Model Brave Behavior: Behave confident and role model coping strategies of your own.
Encourage Brave Behavior: Take small steps and create a strategy to manage anxiety.
Teach Relaxation Skills: encourage slow, deep breathing and focus on relaxing muscles.
Encourage “Feeling Good” Activities: Engage in crafts, playing, exercising, or reading a book.
Teach Problem-Solving Strategies: Once your child is calm, brainstorm ways to handle situations.
Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts: Communicate to your child that practicing and doing your best are better ways to approach situations.