Since my boy started Kindergarten there has been a gradual change that is simply outside of my sphere of understanding. He seems to have some great fear of almost everything and a general obsession about how other people perceive him, with an assumption that it is negative. He is older because of his birthday and performs very well in class.
The is how upset and worried he becomes about anything (like sleep) that lies outside of the realm of his direct control.
This is probably something to do with age and awareness, but that does not really help him, or me, much.
Has anyone dealt with this type of ongoing fear? I was not classically popular, but that had a great deal to do with disinterest. I had my friends.
I am concerned that being raised by Atheist's and surrounded by Christians does not make things easier.
How does one teach self-esteem and self-reliance without creating an anti-social or entitlement attitude? Not due to a lack of religion or esteem to the invisible, but in any attempt to promote self at this age.
I explain scientific answers that he can see (breathing and heart beating without thinking about it) but that does not seem to calm him.
There is nothing wrong with him, and I don't want to give him the sense that there is with testing or something like that. It is just not something I've been able to address well. Any suggestions or resources?