Pressure to succeed has taken on an entirely new meaning since we were kids: in school, in sports, in social settings. With competitive sports starting so young, our little ones are exposed to rejection at a much earlier age than we ever were. School gets a lot tougher a lot sooner and the expectations for our children to do well on standardized tests is at an all-time high. The advent of social media has brought new pressures we never could have imagined. Cyber bullying, body image issues, and the pressure to be “liked” can lead to low self-esteem and tremendous anxiety. All of this pressure can cause our children to worry, to act out, to suffer from behaviors and thoughts that may not be viewed as so-called “normal.” And when that happens, it can take quite a toll on us as parents. Recently a client and I started to explore her feelings about her 9 year old son’s anxiety. What she said was so truthful that it really resonated with me. She admitted that she often feels deep frustration and anger towards him. As we discussed these feelings more, we realized that her feelings of anger towards her son then cause her to feel ashamed and guilty for feeling that way. It is a vicious cycle that I think many of us can relate to. How do these feelings...Read More
Author: Brett Vasquez, LPC
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