Teaching Bravery

Friday, August 24, 2012

Donna Pincus, director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at Boston University and the author of Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety offers advice for helping children overcome anxiety and stress.


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Comments [5]

Joan from NYC

I am an older parent with grown children. I taught my children options, scripts and skills that gave them some control in different stressful situations. I found Dr Pincus very difficult to follow. She spoke too fast in huge generalities. A listener didn't not come away better informed than before her interview.

Aug. 24 2012 12:42 PM
Grumpy from Oregon

I'm getting anxious hearing the noun "tantrum" used repeatedly as a verb. The action is "have a tantrum".

Aug. 24 2012 11:59 AM
Sebastien from philadelphia

Maybe its just me but growing up during the cold war, I feel that I was constantly stressed of the impending end of the world because of atomic war.

It seems to be the real difference and cause of stress for kids is amazingly over protective parents who don't let them do anything that could maybe perhaps hurt them.

Perhaps I have been watching too much Cesar the dog whisperer, but the kids really really are representing/expressing the parents anxieties as opposed to their own.

They look at the parents for emotional guidance and are very sensitive to parents stresses.
At least this is what I have observed as a Manny and around all the new parents in my life.

Aug. 24 2012 11:59 AM
sjh from nyc

When I was a child and teenager and then college student I thought I had severe anxiety problems. I was able to convince a psychologist and a psychiatrist that this was true. I was put on medication that made me more physically sick than less anxious. I chose to stop taking the medication and realized some time later that I didn't have an anxiety disorder I just had a temperament that conflicted with my culture's ideal. I was sensitive and internal and introverted and had difficulty with loud crowded schools and similar kinds of situations not because I was broken but because the environments I was forced to be in (school, etc.) weren't good for me. I suspect this book may do more harm than good by trying to mold thoughtful quiet children who are perfectly normal into more peppy, sociable, assertive kids because our culture prefers that kind of personality. This perspective can do a lot of damage as it did with me.

Aug. 24 2012 11:19 AM
Hope from Brooklyn

Please ask Ms./Dr. Pincus:How can you teach bravery to kids when they face serious medical issues whose outcome is not predictable? More broadly, how do you proceed when there really is somethi.g to be afraid of?

Aug. 24 2012 10:06 AM

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