Assuming the worst
Whether it’s earning a bad grade in school or losing a sporting event, children with anxiety often cope by setting themselves up for the worst case scenario instead of hoping for the best in order to avoid disappointment. Don’t let your own frustration show; check out these tips for never letting stress affect your kids.
Eating radically differently
Much like adults, a child’s appetite is connected to his emotions. Children with anxiety may develop sudden aversions to foods they previously enjoyed or become overly picky about their meals. Children with anxiety may also wish to eat in secret, which helps them exert control over their food choices and eating habits. (Related: Just saying no to green foods? Here’s what happens to your body when you don’t eat fruits and vegetables.)