Are you feeling helpless when it comes to a child that you love who is struggling with anxiety? Would you feel a sense of relief if a good friend with experience handed you an arsenal of tips, tools, and thoughtful gifts for kids with anxiety and depression that would actually help them? Help is on the way!
One of the most challenging things as a parent I have had to contend with is the thought that I cannot pass my happiness nor my joy and feeling of well-being on to my children.
When I came to terms that I had a child with anxiety, I wanted more than anything to wrap my arms around her and transpose my calm and confidence onto her.
Alas, that is not how life works. We each have to travel our life journeys for ourselves.
Still, as a mother, it’s our job to do all we can to provide comfort and a safe place for our children to land.
When you have a child with anxiety, they may need special tools to help them be safe and calm when their thoughts start spiraling out of control.
Here are 9 tools that kids with anxiety say help them to calm down and feel secure. These also help for Sensory Seeking kids as well. They make great treats and gifts for any time of the year.
1. Therapy Dough, Slime, Putty
Pinch Me Therapy Dough is a great smelling, tactile pleasing, non-slimy, sandlike therapy dough. Literally just grab a pinch to knead, roll, and work through the hands.
This is a great way to keep hands busy. My daughter keeps her Pinch Me dough at school and has permission from her teachers to reach for it when she needs to de-stress or even to think clearer.
2. SUPER SOFT Textured Stuffed Animal
The ultimate textured, soft stuffed animal is the Jellycat by far!
The stuffed animals from Jellycat are so soft and amazing. They feel wonderful. They are slightly textured. One that is particularly fun to stroke is Odell the Octopus.
He is great because his tentacles are textured, so they are pleasing to the touch, but also, when you stretch them out, they curl back very satisfactorily.
Also, his head is big enough to fit in the nook of your child’s arms for satisfying snuggling at bedtime.
Even as an adult, Odell is my personal favorite of all of my daughter’s stuffed animals. He is so satisfying to the touch.
3. Aromatherapy Lotions & Oils & Pillow Sprays
4. Room Color Changing LED Lights
My daughter swears by the cool, calming, effect induced by a LED Color Changing Strip lighting. A simple way to induce the chill setting on a stressful day.
5. Sound Machine or White Noise Machine
6. Sensory Stress Balls
7. A plastic shoe box filled with uncooked rice or dried orzo pasta to run their hands through.
8. Weighted blankets
9. The ULTIMATE GIFT for Kids with Anxiety: a pet to care for.
The List – 9 Useful Gifts for Kids with Anxiety That Will Actually Help Them
1. Therapy Dough, Slime, Putty
2. Textured Stuffed Animal
3. Aromatherapy Pillow Spray, Lotions, Candles
4. Mood Changing Fiber Optic Lamp
5. Sound Machine
6. Sensory Squish Stress Ball
7. Plastic Shoe Box with Rice, Pasta, Oatmeal
8. Weighted Blanket
9. A Therapy Pet to love and care for
My prayer for you and your child, is they find the tools that help them settle down when they start to feel their triggers escalating.
As a mom, your job is to pay attention to the signs that your child is beginning to trigger and reach more and more for their tools.
Observe and note the patterns to see how you can help your child create an environment that best helps them avoid those triggers.
Chandra is the chocolate-chip loving mother of 2 teenage girls who started over again with a baby boy in her 40’s! She is the author of The Mom’s Playbook to Conquering Softball Season. She gives other moms the tools they need to prepare their daughters for real life. Her content is centered on helping girls grow up to be well-rounded, equipped, expressive, confident, intelligent, capable, kind and independent.