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When I grow up I want to talk. My story of selective mutism.
9th April, 2015

Guest Post: When I Grow Up I Want to Talk. My Story of Selective Mutism

By Kathryn Harper

When my son grows up he would like to be a spy, a fireman or a cowboy. My daughter thinks she would like to be a vet.

I had many dreams when I was a child about what I might do or be when I was grown up. Becoming an author featured quite highly – along with artist, and I’m sure I went through stages of thinking I might be a teacher, an air hostess and even a fireman. Despite all of this, more than anything, I dreamed that when I grew up I would be just like everybody else.

















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When anxiety is driving behaviour, it’s importan When anxiety is driving behaviour, it’s important to treat the behaviour as anxiety rather than bad behaviour. Any shame kids might feel for their behaviour will only drive their anxiety harder – they want to do the right thing and they don’t want to disappoint you.
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This isn’t intended to give them a free pass. They still need to know where the limits are, and they still need to feel the edges of those limits, but it’s important to do this gently and by giving them the information and strategies they need to make better choices. They want to do the right thing, but as with all of us, sometimes this can take a little wisdom and a lot of practice.
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 #childanxiety #anxietyinchildren #anxietyawareness #mentalwellness #parentingadvice #childdevelopment #anxietyrelief #parenthood #parentingtip #parenting #anxiety #parentingtips #anxietysupport #positiveparenting #motherhoodcommunity #mentalhealth #heyawesome #heysigmund #heywarrior

When anxiety is driving behaviour, it’s important to treat the behaviour as anxiety rather than bad behaviour. Any shame kids might feel for their behaviour will only drive their anxiety harder – they want to do the right thing and they don’t want to disappoint you.
⠀⠀
This isn’t intended to give them a free pass. They still need to know where the limits are, and they still need to feel the edges of those limits, but it’s important to do this gently and by giving them the information and strategies they need to make better choices. They want to do the right thing, but as with all of us, sometimes this can take a little wisdom and a lot of practice.
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#childanxiety #anxietyinchildren #anxietyawareness #mentalwellness #parentingadvice #childdevelopment #anxietyrelief #parenthood #parentingtip #parenting #anxiety #parentingtips #anxietysupport #positiveparenting #motherhoodcommunity #mentalhealth #heyawesome #heysigmund #heywarrior
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