Anxiety: Helping Parents to support their children through worry and anxiety

Anxiety: Helping Parents to support their children through worry and anxiety

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In this session, we’ll look at how we can help children successfully navigate worry and anxiety. Change and transition, loss, and grief can all lead to big feelings both for us and our children.

We’ll learn how to be aware and accepting of children’s worries and fears. We’ll look at the brain science behind anxiety and explore the importance of being fully present and a safe space where children can voice all their big feelings. We’ll give parents tools to help manage their own stress so they can be fully emotionally available for their children and model healthy coping strategies.

We’ll learn how parents can explain anxiety in a way that children understand and help children develop the courage and confidence to bravely work through their feelings. These skills build understanding, trust, and connection, all vital to keeping children feeling safe and secure.


Heather Rutherford

Heather is a parenting coach, founder of The Parenting Partnership, parenting consultant to the school’s advisory service Talk Education, and a Care for the Family facilitator.

Heather’s mission is to share practical effective positive parenting skills that not only help parents raise happy, confident and resilient children but that transform family lives.  In all her work, she draws on the latest research as well as her own experience of parenting three unique and sometimes challenging children while guiding her family through cancer and divorce.

Her goal is to empower parents with skills that include an understanding of temperament, growth mindset, emotional intelligence and positive discipline,  that help them feel confident, calm and deeply connected to their children.

She has a particular interest in using these positive parenting skills to help families through the challenges of separation and divorce.