Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

Chal­leng­ing your kids, play­ing games and even rough-andtumble is vi­tal for their well­be­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study. A group of Aus­tralian and Dutch re­searchers found that any play that in­volved chal­leng­ing par­ent be­hav­iour (CPB) had pos­i­tive ef­fects on kids in the form of low­er­ing anx­i­ety lev­els. Study au­thor Re­becca Lazarus says these be­hav­iours can have a pro­tec­tive ef­fect on chil­dren, as well as en­cour­ag­ing them to 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,” she ex­plains. “It could be things in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing the child if they are cau­tious about ap­proach­ing some­thing, such as a dog in a park. They might be fright­ened of dogs, but you can en­cour­age them by show­ing them how you ap­proach a dog and let it sniff your hand,” she says. Other things par­ents can do to help build re­silience in­clude run­ning races or play­ing games. “It’s all safe and gen­tle, but it lets kids have that ex­pe­ri­ence at los­ing and what that feels like,” Re­becca says. The re­searchers looked at 312 fam­i­lies for the study and say that fur­ther stud­ies were needed into CPB as a pos­si­ble treat­ment for anx­i­ety in chil­dren. Cur­rently, seven per cent of Aussie kids aged be­tween four and 17 are es­ti­mated to have anx­i­ety is­sues.

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