If it is something my child has expressed interest in doing and they suddenly have anxiety and don’t want to do it, I try to encourage them because I know they’ll regret it later. I have an 11 year old and now a 4 year old with anxiety, so I’m no stranger to knowing when to encourage, when to push them, and when to let them back out. If I knew my child would enjoy a ride, and thought they were being overly anxious, I would gently encourage them to do it with me. Sometimes I would even offer bribes to encourage them to be brave. If it came down to doing a roller coaster, or riding a tamer ride I also thought they would enjoy, I would let them make the choice that felt right to them. You do have to push them sometimes though. Anxiety is a tricky thing, and it seldom gets better the more you give into it. Usually the opposite happens and confidence sinks, and with it the anxiety rises and the world becomes smaller.Denlillehavfrue wrote:For the parents here, in regard to Boston, what is that fine line of my kid needs to be pushed to enjoy this vs let them do what they want. I know Bonnie said Boston ended up having a favorite ride that he initially did not want to go on. I dont have kids but I remember my brother being someone who had to be pushed a little bit, but he always enjoyed it after the initial freak-out, but he also really knew when to put his foot down and tell my parents "no".
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