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Use logic. Tweens can begin to mentally work out whether their fears are legitimate. Have your child ask themselves how likely it is that their worst-case scenario will actually happen. Then talk about potential solutions. They may be surprised at how easily they let their fears spin into something bigger than reality. Need to be refreshed on some earlier posts on Butterflies? This is our last post on Butterflies. Look for our upcoming Halloween posts.

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Stressing over a test

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Think positive. Asking your child to repeat constructive phrases can soothe their nerves. The night before a quiz, they might say, “I studied a lot for this,” or “I did well on my last test.” Have you seen the other Butterflies posts?

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Stressing over a test

Create a worry box. Older children can list their fears on pieces of paper (younger kids can draw pictures) and store them in a shoebox. By visualizing their worries contained in a box, children acknowledge their fears rather than avoid them (which is what leads to anxiety), and then set them aside.

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Stressing over a test

Does your child stress before a big test or game? These calming strategies can help put things into perspective.

Talk about it. Children are less likely to be anxious if they have the chance to discuss their fears with you. You might record your chat, play it back and then talk about it some more. Hearing their fears out loud can make them seem less scary.

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Stressing over a test