Look at the sources of stress that your child's confronting. While some temperaments are much more prone to anxiety than others, no child is naturally anxiety-ridden.
Is the child's sleep space a place of peace and safety?
Does the child end up in the room with violent, dark, frightening tv (hockey, football and news count) or movies?
Are there a lot of comings and goings of visitors, or residents (students, family, foster kids, etc.)?
Is there a lot of talk in the house about how bad things are (economy, politics, environment, religion, war, etc.)?
Are there predictable parts of the day that happen every day (dinner times, park visits, visitors, naps, reading times)?
Does the child have a safe place to play, supervised, daily in a natural setting --playgrounds, parks, grassy, treed areas?
Are the adults in the child's life prone to angry outbursts -no matter who they're aimed at?
Does the child get hugs?
at 11:18 PM on Dec. 29, 2009