Help your child cope with change and anxiety
In April 2020, a World Vision survey of parents in the UK revealed that more than one in three (36%) of children in the UK aged between five and 18 years old had felt lonely since schools closed the previous month.
The survey also showed that almost a third of parents noticed negative changes in their children’s behaviour in that time, including tantrums, nightmares, fighting and crying, as well as physical symptoms such as stomach aches.
More than a year has passed, and children have been through multiple cycles of in-school and remote learning, burst bubbles and testing. Now, as the UK prepares for restrictions to end, there’s a lot to look forward to, but there may also be some anxiety. And parents may see challenging behaviours reappearing, as their children attempt to readjust again.
The good news is, parents and caregivers can help children not just survive the new changes, but thrive.