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Since I have already admitted I am not always the parent my kids need me to be, I figured it was time to share this with you too. The last few months have been tough for my husband and I, and even tougher for our 7-year-old daughter, Tatum. We have been faced with learning how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety. Lets just say it has been a learning process for us all.
Our family travels a lot and over Thanksgiving break I took my daughter to Disney World, then our whole family went on a beautiful cruise with some friends. Overall we had an amazing vacation, but the one person who seemed to act differently throughout our trip was Tatum.
We have been traveling with her since she was an infant and she is usually outgoing with zero separation anxiety. This is why it was a complete mystery to my husband and I the first night on our cruise when a staff member from the kids club informed us that our daughter was crying and vomiting.
We went to pick her up and asked her what was wrong, especially since she was there with her good friend, and she was hysterical. She told us she didn’t want to go back to the kids club again because people were popping balloons and it hurt her ears.
Tatum has a history of hating loud noises, especially fireworks and things that pop. We always try to talk with her about her fears but that usually only seems to make her become more upset.
Throughout the remainder of our trip anytime we would mention the kids club or try to drop her off there Tatum would get visibly upset and say her stomach was hurting her badly. She would also act this same way if we were walking through the cruise ship and she saw a balloon or heard something that was very loud.
Once we got back home from our vacation and it was time for the kids to go back to school, I assumed Tatum would go back to being her normal happy-go-lucky self, but I was wrong.
Within about an hour of her being back to school after break I received a call from the school nurse that Tatum was crying and complaining of her stomach hurting during class. Both her teacher and the nurse talked with her and she calmed down for a bit, but then had to be sent home early because she couldn’t stop crying and was distracting the other children.
This new routine went on for about a week or so before I decided to meet with the pediatrician and the school principal. This is when my husband and I learned that our daughter was experiencing panic attacks and anxiety.
I felt awful, sad and as though I had failed my daughter. How did our fun-loving girl switch to being quiet, withdrawn and worried all the time?
I am fortunate that her school has been so accommodating. They even started a weekly support group for kids who may be experiencing anxiety, which Tatum is a part of. We are proud of her for giving a voice and bringing awareness to something that many kids experience.
Do you know that young kids can experience panic attacks and anxiety?
Do you know that panic attacks and anxiety in kids can be triggered suddenly?
Do you know that even the happiest of kids can experience panic attacks and anxiety?
Do you know how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety?
How To Give Your Child More Peace and Love Instead of Panic Attacks and Anxiety
A few weeks ago I was out shopping with my good friend Larisha from Were Parents and our girls. We decided to go to Ikea because we thought it would be fun to grab lunch (I mean who doesn’t love those Swedish meatballs), let our girls play together, browse and shop.
Our girls day out to Ikea began in the kids section.
Within less than 30 minutes of us being there a black pillow caught my eye. It wasn’t a fancy pillow or anything but what was written on it completely resounded with me. The words on the pillow simply said peace and love. I immediately knew my daughter needed it for her bedroom.
The more we walked around the kids section I noticed there was also a matching peace and love bedding set. Before I knew it I had filled up Larisha’s cart.
I bought all of the peace and love items.
See, I had been searching for an answer on how to give your child more peace and love instead of panic attacks and anxiety, and this was a sweet sign.
I decided right then to redo my daughter’s room and help her kick off the New Year in a peace and love kind of way.
Has your child ever experienced panic attacks and anxiety? Please leave any tips you may have to help them through it.
Sending peace and love to you all this year.