Last updated on 12/06/08
Does my child worry too much?
Even though kids do not have certain vital responsibilities like adults do, it is natural for kids to worry at times. Children may worry about their grades, friends, and family, as well as larger events such as terrorism and natural disasters. Because of temperament and personality differences, some kids tend to worry more than others do. Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when worrying becomes a problem, professionals advise parents to seek help for their child when worrying interferes with the child’s daily life.
In the Jewish Community
Although kids in the Jewish community are just as likely to worry as any other child, the things they worry about might be different. Many Jewish kids are exposed to terrorism and anti-Semitism at a very young age. They are taught about the Spanish Inquisition, the holocaust and other massacres. Parents should be open with their children and explain these events properly. It is imperative to allow children to express their fears and concerns; sometimes just talking about it makes the child feel better.
Use the following links to learn more about worrying in children. Find out why children worry and how to determine if your child worries too much.
Frequently Asked Links
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How can I help my kids handle worrying?
How can my child learn to worry less?
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Helping Kids Cope With Stress
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Five Steps for Fighting Stress
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The Story on Stress
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Mental Health Resources for the Jewish Community
Compiled by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
BAM! Body and Mind
This CDC website is designed for 9- to 13-year-olds and addresses health, nutrition, fitness, and stress. It also offers games for kids.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP offers up-to-date information on child and adolescent development and issues.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA provides information and education about a variety of mental health issues for people of all ages.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
CMHS is a federal agency that provides information about mental health to users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.
American Academy of Family Physicians
This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.
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