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  • Writer's pictureJoelle Pretorius

Calm and Confident: Helping your anxious preschooler thrive.

Absolutely! Reducing surprises and creating a sense of predictability can significantly ease anxiety for toddlers when they encounter new situations. Here are some practical strategies:

Rehearsing: Just like practicing lines for a play, rehearsing new experiences can help. For instance, if your child is starting school, visit the school grounds together on weekends. Let them explore the playground, find their classroom, and locate the toilet. Discuss what they’ll do if they feel stuck or lost. This familiarity reduces anxiety.

Label Feelings: Encourage your child to express their emotions. When they feel anxious, help them put words to their feelings. This process helps them understand and manage their emotions better.

Hypothetical Scenarios: Ask “What if?” questions. For example, if they’re learning to catch a bus, discuss scenarios: “What if you miss your stop? How will you use your bus card?” These discussions prepare them for real-life situations.

Remember, consistency and patience are key. By providing a plan and rehearsing, you empower your child to navigate new environments with confidence!

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