It can be odd to parent an anxious child. I resist orientation towards labels, but I know what the counselor has said, and I see the obsessive wanting to know, know, know exactly what will happen next in Liam. I hope he'll grow away from it, or learn to manage it better. At any rate.
Yesterday we were reading a book about a kitten which was "small and fluffy and had an air of confidence about it."
I said: Liam, when do you have an air of confidence?
When you're not worried at all because you know you can do it.
(Voice full of wonder and incredulity) Never.
(Trying to redirect) Well, I think sometimes you do, like when you put on your shoes, or when you draw pictures. And, if you haven't felt that way too much yet, you will more soon, as you get older and learn more things.
I haven't felt that way yet.