How to handle anxiety with your daughter, son

Parenting expert Rachel Simmons shares different ways boys and girls handle anxiety and what parents should know.
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Now to other series anchoring anxiety. We took a look at how to tackle financial anxiety, how to avoid passing it on to your kids and how to affects boys and different ways. Max and Flynn are energetic siblings who also happen to struggle with anxiety. Their mom will tell you it's not easy to watch. You want to immediately jump in and try to solve it right away and you can't and that for me and my husband I know is -- breaking our heart. Reporter: Max 9, Flynn, 7, they deal with tear worries in different ways. Their mom notices anxieties really flare up when they have in trouble or school or doing after-school activities they don't enjoy. If they're overprogrammed with activities they don't want to do it increases the anxiety. Reporter: What happied the family most is finding each of them a good therapist at the child mind institute in New York City. They helped our children and us utilize tools to alleviate some anxiety, be able to notice it before it happens and before it erupts to a larger situation. And we are back with our parenting expert Rachel Simmons, welcome back. Good morning. You're going to have a demonstration. I am. Audience, I want you to sit in your chairs the way you think a typical guy sits in his chair. I want you to do it, George. Let's see it. All right, now sit in your chair the way a typical girl sits in her chair. Look at the difference. When I ask you toit like a man, you man spread. When you sit like a girl you get small. You look like you're being watched. The unwritten rules girls and guys hear about how they're supposed to ago and a through when buys get anxious they sometimes will act out. Girls on the other hand may be a little more likely to hold it in. You may see that with your own daughters. That's definitely one of 9 things we've seen. How do parents handle ha. One thing you want to do if you're the parent of a boy is you really welcome feelings of sadness, of fear. Of the kind of feelings we tend it punish in boys and when your done does tell you these you do not punish their vulnerability. Our kids when willing to say anything to us, you open the door when you make your boy comfortable saying anything he needs to say. There are little things we can do. Absolutely. One thing you want to help kids remember, tress is normal. Like stress is how we grow. It's how we learn. We would have very boring loofes if we weren't stressed out so our job is to help them deal with it. Another great thing is to name their feelings when they're upset. If my daughter is afraid to go to school because of a mean girl I might say it sounds like you're feeling scared. Naming it will calm them down. Give them a safe statement they can say to themselves so my daughter might say before she goes to school, I feel scared, I'm nervous but I can go to the teacher if I need help. We're showing them they have the resources to solve their own problems. A lot of great advice, thank you. To Lara. Time now for "Deals &

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