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How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

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Since I have already admitted I am not always the parent my kids need me to be, I figured it was time to share this with you. The last few months have been tough for my husband and I, and even tougher for our 7-year-old daughter, Tatum. We have been faced with learning how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety. Lets just say it has been a learning process for us all.

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

 

Our family travels a lot. Over Thanksgiving break I took my daughter Tatum to Disney World, then our whole family went on a beautiful cruise with some friends. Overall we had an amazing vacation, but the one person who seemed to act differently throughout our trip was Tatum.

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

We have been traveling with her since she was an infant. She is usually outgoing with zero separation anxiety. This is why it was a complete mystery to my husband and I the first night on our cruise when a staff member from the kids club informed us that our daughter was crying and vomiting.

We went to pick her up and asked her what was wrong, especially since she was there with her good friend. She was crying hysterically. She told us she didn’t want to go back to the kids club again because people were popping balloons and it hurt her ears.

Tatum has a history of hating loud noises, especially fireworks and things that pop. We always try to talk with her about her fears but that usually only seems to make her more upset.

Throughout the remainder of our trip anytime we would mention the kids club or try to drop her off there Tatum would get visibly upset and say her stomach was hurting her badly. She would also act this same way if we were walking through the cruise ship and she saw a balloon or heard something very loud.

Once we got back home from our vacation and it was time for the kids to go back to school, I assumed Tatum would go back to being her normal happy-go-lucky self, but I was wrong.

Within about an hour of her being back to school after break I received a call from the school nurse that Tatum was crying and complaining of her stomach hurting during class. Both her teacher and the nurse talked with her and she calmed down for a bit, but then had to be sent home early because she couldn’t stop crying and was distracting the other children.

This new routine went on for about a week or so before I decided to meet with the pediatrician and the school principal. This is when my husband and I learned that our daughter was experiencing panic attacks and anxiety.

I felt awful, sad and as though I had failed my daughter. How did our fun-loving girl switch to being quiet, withdrawn and worried all the time?

I am fortunate that her school has been so accommodating.

They even started a weekly support group for kids who may be experiencing anxiety, which Tatum is a part of. We are proud of her for giving a voice and bringing awareness to something that many kids experience.

Do you know that young kids can experience panic attacks and anxiety?

Do you know that panic attacks and anxiety in kids can be triggered suddenly?

Do you know that even the happiest of kids can experience panic attacks and anxiety?

Do you know how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety?

Do you know that my seemingly happy daughter has been suffering from panic attacks and anxiety and it kills me as her mother not knowing exactly how to help her?

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

A few weeks ago I was out shopping with my good friend Larisha from Were Parents and our girls. We decided to go to Ikea because we thought it would be fun to grab lunch (I mean who doesn’t love those Swedish meatballs), let our girls play together and shop.

Our girls day out to Ikea began in the kids section.

Within less than 30 minutes of us being there a black pillow caught my eye. It wasn’t a fancy pillow or anything but what was written on it completely resounded with me.

The words on the pillow simply said peace and love. I immediately knew my daughter needed it for her bedroom.

The more we walked around the kids section I noticed there was also a matching peace and love bedding set. Before I knew it I had filled up Larisha’s cart.

I bought all of the peace and love items.

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety

See, I had been searching for an answer on how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety, and this was a sweet sign.

I decided right then to redo my daughter’s room and help her kick off the New Year in a peace and love kind of way.

Has your child ever experienced panic attacks and anxiety? Please leave any tips you may have to help them through it.

Sending peace and love to you all this year.

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Jessica Lodge

Friday 2nd of February 2018

I have 5 children ranging from age 25 to 2 years old. The most interesting part of raising children is how different one is to the next. Navigating what is just moodiness or "trying" behavior for one vs what may be an actual issue for another is difficult. I am so impressed with your quick response to her mood change. Many parents would have waited months or longer chalking it up to "normal" moodiness. I also love that you enlisted the school and your pediatrician to figure out what was going on. Good job Mama! She may be a little young for this now but I would definitely introduce journaling to her as soon as you think she's ready. It is a great place for her to express her triumphs and fears. Also a lot of times when we write things down it takes the power away from it. My diary helped me through a lot of issues during my childhood and young adulthood.

Clarissa

Sunday 4th of February 2018

I love your words, advice and compliments. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for your kindness. Journaling will definitely be on the horizon for her.

beth wiggins

Monday 29th of January 2018

I have panic attacks and feel for any child that has to go through them. They are super scary, even for me an adult so I hope therapy can help or calming activities, even breathing techniques sometimes work for me.

Clarissa

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Yes, she has been doing some techniques lately that have really been helpful!

Sheryl Holden

Friday 19th of January 2018

great and simple ideas to make one feel special every day

Rania R.

Thursday 18th of January 2018

Thank you for sharing. What a great article.

Tiffany Schmidt

Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Good work mama, not just overlooking something that many parents do. I've heard parents just say their kids are acting out or it's a phase without giving it a second thought. I hope her new positive and beautiful room have helped in a small way her get through her anxious times.