Photo courtesy of Linda Rummell.
LPMS anxiety talk
Parents listen to methods of coping with anxiety at a meeting held at Liberty Park Middle School.
Stephanie Holcomb, counselor at Liberty Park Middle School, coordinated a Parent Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of "Anxiety".
Kim Brindley, with The Brindley Group, LLC was the guest speaker. She discussed ways to help children cope with stress, worry and anxiety. She suggested that the first step in helping children with anxiety is by taking care of yourself and your own stress.
She added that it is important to acknowledge children's anxiety and worries and to teach them activities that will relax and calm them. Brindley also discussed that it is important to teach children to be flexible and that family fun and humor can diffuse anxiety.
Most importantly she stressed to remember that unconditional love is the best gift you can give a child. Other essential topics were to make sure the message of love is heard daily, even with discipline and that parents need to stay connected to their child. This helps children develop strength and resilience.
-Submitted by Linda Rummell