New experiences can be scary. It’s often just the thought of something that adds a sense of tension and nervousness to our minds. We have to remember that this type of anxiety can happen to anyone, especially our kids. It’s a fact that we as parents can often overlook. That’s why it’s not only important to look for signs of anxiety in our kids but find ways to calm their fears as well.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is classified as a display of fear and worry in reaction to certain situations. This type of distress is not uncommon and can be considered normal. Most children usually outgrow these fears and worries. However, when anxiety is excessive, there is a cause for concern. As a disorder, it can sometimes feel uncontrollable and seem downright irrational. In the long run, it can negatively impact how children live their lives.
How to Identify the Disorder
Looking for signs of anxiety in your kids is the first step to helping them. You should know that anxiety comes in several forms, interfering with a child’s time at school, home, or during extracurricular activities.
- Separation Anxiety – Some kids can experience distress when they are away from their parents. This form of anxiety is expected in toddlers but can last beyond that age.
- General Anxiety – Stress about the future or bad thoughts can cause general anxiety. It is troublesome if this kind of stress is a common occurrence.
- Social Anxiety – You’ll find that a lot of children have social issues. This makes it hard for them make friends or be around people in general. The thought of going to school or crowded spaces can induce fear.
- Phobias – Phobias are a fear of something specific (spiders, bugs, boats, etc.). They can sometimes seem irrational and inspire an extreme reaction.
- Panic Attacks – Sudden episodes of unexpected fear can arise in an individual, causing feelings of dizziness, shaking, sweating, and trouble breathing.
Common symptoms you should be aware of include fear, sadness, stress, irritability, and anger. Your child may also have trouble sleeping, appear tired, and experience headaches and stomach problems.
Why Kids Experience Anxiety at Day Camp and What You Can Do About It?
It can be hard to determine what is natural and excessive anxiety. Either way, you should try to help your child through whatever difficulties they are experiencing. At Ivy League Day Camp, we’ve seen anxiety arise just from the thought of coming to our camp. We understand. Camp can be a new experience which requires social interaction and time away from parents.
We suggest trying to make the transition to day camp easier. Your child shouldn’t feel forced into an experience, their interest should be important to you. That’s why we feel it’s vital to introduce them to our day camp before their first visit. Campers deal with less stress when they know they have something to look forward to.
It may also seem like the right step to dismiss fears in an attempt to reassure your child. However, it’s better to take a different approach. All children go through the same situation that we as parents have been through. Relate to your child and show them how you dealt with your fears and troubles.
Camp Counselors Who Can Help
When working with kids, it’s our job at Ivy League Day Camp to make their summer exciting and enjoyable. Our leadership team is made up of several caring individuals, many of whom are parents. We make our job to put your child’s needs before anything else. That involves bringing together camp counselors who look out for your kids and identify when it seems that are having difficulties. If you want to learn more about the attention, care, and the unforgettable experience we provide, contact us today.Tags: campers, family owned day camp, healthy kids
This post was written by Ivy League Directors