If you’re a first-time parent, you probably worry about your child. It’s only natural: You want to keep your son or daughter safe. That desire might lead you to go a little overboard at times, from repeatedly checking on your baby throughout the night to triple-washing his or her pacifier after it falls to the ground.
It’s good to remember that your child, from an early age, takes cues from your behavior. A child whose parents struggle with anxiety is two to seven times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder themselves, notes Golda Ginsburg, a psychologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who studies childhood anxiety.
How can you get a grip on your parenting fears? Start by evaluating them.
This fun Halloween quiz, although not science-based, can help parents to assess how fearful they are and to find tips on how to conquer those fears: