Playful parents prevent anxious kids:Study

"... certain behaviours by parents play a role in protecting preschoolers from becoming anxious because they are encouraged to take risks, safely."

... behaviours that can have a protective effective on kids include giving them a fright, teasing, rough-and- tumble play, as well as encouraging them to be assertive and take risks. "The idea behind CPB is it gives children exposure to safe risk, so things that might be a bit anxiety provoking but lets them know that it's actually ok," Ms Lazarus said. "It's this repeated exposure to things that might feel unsafe that reduces their anxiety and they learn they can cope by themselves."

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The opposite of overprotective helicopter parenting! Good to have evidence that letting kids experience safe risks and disappointments gives real protection.

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