Well before the pandemic, child and adolescent anxiety in America had become increasingly prevalent and had been starting earlier. Clearly, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 aren’t helping.
Several factors are likely contributing to this increase, including the earlier introduction of academics, inescapable 24/7 interpersonal and media connectivity, bad social media behavior, and economic and family instability. Yet there are things we parents can do to insulate our children and reduce the risk. This is a big topic, but the following three strategies can make a difference: