You may develop anxiety by proxy, even if you've never felt anxious about anything ever. You totally live out, being 'anxious about nothing... Philippians 4:6-7'. Proud of you. Stay strong. You're not even scared of spiders, heights or encountering a spider at the top of a mountain. The reality for many Mom's and Dad's dealing with anxiety in their children is that they will develop anxiety about their child's anxiety.
When my child's anxiety began to make appearances, I never imagined how it would impact me. My child's fear was wrapped up in storm clouds. His DNA could have latched onto anything but a bad experience at water park being shut down for no joke south Florida lightning
when they were nine years old produced their first panic attack and we were off to the races for a few years.
How did that impact me? I developed, Sympathy Anxiety:
I started checking the weather in advance of outings. I had ever done this.
I started feeling anxious about his reaction at school or sports.
I started feeling powerless.
One of the main reasons I am writing, Albert the Fox Stories, is giving parents resources to have conversations with their children about anxiety. In reality, I am trying to save you some heartache.
Here is How to confront, Sympathy Anxiety:
Keep the narrative going with your child. Not every storm brings anxiety, literal or figurative.
Admit, you cannot be your child's therapist. It's okay to own that.
Pray for peace, not for cures.
I hope you will not have to endure too much, and you will be able to shift the weight of sympathy anxiety to something else like why your favorite college football team is not as awesome as the Miami Hurricanes.
Tell me how you are doing. Send me a message at Erik@AlbertTheFox.com.