Anxious children may have high expectations for school.
Overachieving children are interested in their personal success. They may obsess over high marks in school and want to keep their honor status. It becomes a problem when they are meant with an academic challenge that they are not meeting their own expectations. Children with anxiety are tough on themselves. They put so much pressure on how they behave, causing their anxiety to rise. Most of the pressure a child with anxiety will put on themselves is related to school. Any small setback could cause intense feelings of failure.
Anxious children will think that they need to perform flawlessly in all aspects of their lives. They must have perfect grades, be the best player on their sports team, and excel at their homework. These are some of the things that they control, but it cannot happen 100 percent of the time. That is an unhealthy mindset and can lead to severe problems as they grow up. Talk to your child’s teachers and guidance counselor to see how you can alleviate some of their anxiety. The professional help could be what they need to create realistic expectations for the rest of their lives.