Saturday, May 20, 2023

Parenting Pointers: Coping with Childhood Worry and Anxiety

 “Being a parent can be a heavy responsibility, especially when your child is not happy,” Dr. Brad, a father of eight children and grandfather of six, writes in “The Body Code.” “Many children at one time or another become withdrawn, secretive, and uncommunicative — and it’s always for a reason. But it’s really hard to help when the child won’t share or even connect with you. This can make us feel helpless, frustrated, or even angry. It’s important to recognize that it is natural to feel this way, and to keep our emotions under control so we can help our children feel safe.”

Kids face big stressors in addition to homework, grades, and peer pressure, including worries about bullying, relationships, the future, and general self-worth, he notes. 


“Neurological disorders are more common in children than ever. Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, panic disorders, and so many more are stretching families to their limits. I’ve seen the Body Code improve these issues for many children.”


Dr. Brad has spent decades teaching his powerful self-healing method, training and certifying more than 10,000 practitioners around the globe. His bestselling book “The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness," is an international bestseller. He developed The Body Code system as a self-study course to help people identify and correct imbalances and activate the body's innate healing power, and now shares it in his new book.


Here are some of Dr. Brad’s time-tested tips for parents who want to help their kids adjust and better cope with worry, fear, and anxiety around school and growing up:


1. Talk them through the changes. Remember to take time to talk to your kid about what to expect this year. This can help them mentally and emotionally prepare.


2. Create a routine. Be consistent with their morning and nighttime habits, and make sure they get enough sleep and eat healthy, balanced meals each morning and night after school. Think about other routines you’d like to create with your child. Perhaps you take a walk together each afternoon, share something you’re grateful for that day before dinner, or play your kid’s favorite song on the drive to school each morning.


3. Make space to talk about feelings. Let your kids know it’s natural to have feelings of anxiousness when things are changing. When there’s no hesitancy or shame around sharing these feelings, it becomes a lot easier for kids to process them in a healthy way, with your help. 


4. Plan playtime. Kids, just like adults, need time to relax. When they first get home from school, it can be a good idea to just give them some unstructured time to do whatever they want.


5. Watch for possible signs that they’re having difficulty adjusting. Stomachaches, trouble sleeping, headaches, potty training regressions, and bedwetting can all be signs that your child is stressed. If you start to notice these symptoms in your child, talk to a medical professional to learn more about ways you can help. 


6. Try energy healing. Energy healing methods such as The Emotion Code® and The Body Code™ can help kids release any emotional issues that make it harder for them to succeed at school.


I had a chance to learn more in this interview.

Why is it important for families to have tools that are tailored to kids with anxiety?

Anxiety for kids can be very disabling and can affect the entire family. If it isn't resolved, it will sometimes build and get worse and become even more problematic affecting all kinds of life choices and outcomes down the road. Anxiety is emotional in nature but it can also create mental and physical issues. The Emotion Code is a non-invasive modality that parents can use to help their kids overcome anxiety. It is easy to do, doesn't hurt, and can potentially help a child feel better fast. This is not only helpful, it can be life-changing. When a mother or a father can use a tool like The Emotion Code or The Body Code to stop their child's panic attack or phobia or asthma attack at 2 am, it not only helps the child, it helps the parents get some sleep and function, too. It is empowering to be able to diffuse an overwhelming situation and restore calm for everyone involved.

How can families differentiate between normal fears and stress and more severe anxiety?

If a child is endangering themselves or others, the parents would do well to seek appropriate help. Parents must simply do their best to discern the severity of family issues. They watch behaviors, listen, keep communication open and use wisdom. There is a lot that can be done to help family members overcome stress and anxiety. When a parent is helping their child, they look for energetic imbalances and clear them with The Emotion Code / Body Code. Whatever they find and clear energetically will lighten the stress load and help the child. Sometimes issues simply go away when the underlying energies are cleared and processed. It's worth a try to clear whatever can be uncovered, whether the child is seeing a doctor or not. Clearing energy will not interfere with other types of treatment.

Why is it especially important to manage anxiety during transitions?

It is especially important to manage stress during transitions because the transition itself will create some additional stress of its own. Thoughtful planning and taking time to communicate effectively with others through a transition are key to avoiding extra stress. We can feel overloaded if we take on too much during a transition of any type, so it's best to guard your time and only do what feels right during busy times of change. Taking time to pray/meditate and stay grounded, do your usual self-care routines, eat right, stay hydrated and get enough rest are also important. Taking a moment to clear trapped emotions might be needed if you feel triggered or anxious. Picturing a good outcome is always helpful, too.


About Dr. Bradley Nelson: About Dr. Bradley Nelson: Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret.) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He is the creator of The Emotion Code and The Body Code system, and the CEO of Discover Healing, a holistic education platform that provides training and certifies practitioners worldwide. His bestselling book "The Emotion Code" provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's energy healing power. His new book is The Body Code: Unlocking Your Body's Ability to Heal Itself(Feb. 21, 2023, St. Martin’s Press). For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit


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