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Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Paperback – March 3, 2009

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McCurry breaks new ground by applying acceptance and commitmenttherapy to the treatment of anxiety disorders in children. His approach isbased on solid principles and offers understandable and practical guidelinesto help parents treat this common but often misunderstood condition."
— James T. Grimm, MD, MPH, child psychiatrist in Eugene, OR

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In Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance, parents learn responsive parenting techniques drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and other well-researched parent-child treatment programs. Children who suffer from separation anxiety, excessive worry, and other anxiety problems can benefit greatly from the simple ACT skills presented in this book.

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Really helped my family.
Michele Mason
Dr. McCurry has written an essential and effective guide for parents looking to help their anxious child.
Steven Curtis, Ph.D.
All we have is today to do what we can do and even a small step forward is a Positive Change.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Max's mom on November 27, 2009
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Chris McCurry offers a clear, understandable approach to dealing with an anxious child. As a parent, all I have ever wanted was for my son to grow up capable of leading a fulfilling life, being able to deal with his anxiety and control his anger. McCurry's analogy of "the dance" was particularly helpful in breaking patterns that weren't working, and giving me practical steps to change my behavior in order to help my son. Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Redlady on August 8, 2009
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Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance allowed me to look at my child's anxiety differently and consider alternate approaches. It encourages you to look at the anxious behaviors and reactions of your child and the "dance" that develops between you as a parent and your child. The "dance" is a familiar pattern and cycle that you develop as well as your own anxieties and often it is not effective. This book encourages us to break the cycle and develop improved communication, confidence and self-control in our children.

There is much information on the definition and diagnosis of anxiety as well as many examples of different children and how the ACT approach can be used. There are also exercises to try on your own with guidance as to how to do so. This is the kind of book that has thorough explanations and tools and exercises to apply. I would suggest reading it in chapters and taking your time thinking about the sections and even taking notes to refer to. It can be studied alone or complemented with therapy from a psychologist who understands and implements this approach. This is a gentle and loving approach to anxiety and does encourage you as a parent to look at alternatives to the cycle and avoid the anxiety "dance".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 29, 2013
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I'm the father of two young girls, 11 and 13 as I write this. My wife and I just spent something on the order of two to three years helping our elder daughter overcome a truly terrible anxiety disorder. There is hardly any way to describe that experience without understating it; in short, it wreaked havoc with our family life. A lot of sleep was lost, a lot of painful emotions visited and revisited, and the entire time there was a weird sense of "where is this all coming from?" My daughter is otherwise perfectly well adjusted: a high performer at school, a great circle of friends, athletic extracurriculars, plays two instruments, aspires to be a writer and a teacher. And yet, here was this ugly monster in our lives, having snuck in...uh...how exactly? The attempts of my wife and myself to play psychologist were, in hindsight, a bad joke. We did all we could, and over this very long period, our daughter came around. But what transpired over that period and exactly how my daughter actually recovered, much of it was still a mystery to me.
Enter my younger daughter. In the past year, here comes the anxiety disorder train again! I was in disbelief. Was it some genetic thing? The form of my younger daughter's newly-emerged anxiety disorder was different, meaning what her crazy, unreasonable fears focused on were very different, but the irrationality and obsessive nature of the fears, that part was identical. On this round, I was fortunate to have read Richard Davidson's book "The Emotional Life of Your Brain," and to have listened to Matthieu Ricard's audiobook "The Skill of Happiness," and so I was opened to the possibility of using mindfulness meditation as a therapy. Pharmaceutical treatment was out. Period. For both of my daughters.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Curtis, Ph.D. on March 9, 2009
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Dr. McCurry has written an essential and effective guide for parents looking to help their anxious child. Given our stresses in today's world, it is no wonder that more and more children are suffering with anxiety. This anxiety greatly affects their performance in school, with interpersonal relationships, and their overall satisfaction in life. Dr. McCurry has worked with children with anxiety throughout his 20+ years in the field. His advice to parents is both grounded in research and in his extensive hands-on experience. Few authors can claim the extensive experience he has acquired in this field. If you have a child with anxiety, I highly recommended buying this book, reading it from cover to cover, and implementing the recommended advice/exercises. By completing these activities, your child will be helped immensely. How do I know this? Because, I a local practioner and am well aware of his excellent reputation. I have heard many positive comments from his clients that he has greatly helped them in times of need. He has now passed on his knowledge in written form from which all of us can learn.

Steve Curtis, Ph.D., NCSP
Child Clinical Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Author,Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior: A Guide for Parents of Children with Behavioral, Social, and Learning Challenges
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monkey Mind on April 6, 2009
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I very much recommend this text not only for parents but also treating professionals seeking to apply mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to anxiety in children (and their parents!). This targeting of the parent's anxiety in dealing with the anxiety behaviour of their children is a strength of the text. Mindfulness is utilised to increase awareness of both child and parent anxiety-related behaviour (the anxiety "dance"), and active consideration of life values is utilised to guide and motivate appropriate responding. Many other strategies and insights are included to promote management of anxiety and deliver responsive and helpful parenting.

Dr Geoff Hatten
Clinical Psychologist
Coral Tree Family Service
Sydney Australia
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Chris McCurry, Ph.D. is a husband, father, and clinical child psychologist. He was born in Kearny, New Jersey, in 1953 and raised in Southern California where his father worked at Disneyland. This affected his development in ways that are still not fully understood. He maintains a busy private practice in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife Sue, a geriatric psychologist at the University of Washington, and son Ian, who is heading off to college.

Chris' first book, Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness and Acceptance, was published in March of 2009 through New Harbinger Publications. His website is ChrisMcCurry.com.

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