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What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids) Paperback – September 15, 2005
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This book takes ideas that are overwhelming for a small child and presents them in manageable chunks. It is the first step to saying goodbye to anxiety! Portland Book Review
The title says it all really, what to do when you worry too much. Huebner gently explains that worries are normal and all kids have them. She uses humorous illustrations and metaphors to explain that if your worries have grown so big that they get out of hand and bother you almost every day, you might need some extra help. --The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
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If you are the parent or caregiver of an anxious child, you know what it feels like to be held hostage. So does your child. Children who worry too much are held captive by their fears. They go to great lengths to avoid frightening situations, and ask the same anxiety-based questions over and over again. Yet the answers give them virtually no relief. Parents and caregivers find themselves spending huge amounts of time reassuring, coaxing, accommodating, and doing whatever else they can think of to minimize their childs distress.
But it doesnt work. The anxiety remains in control. As you have undoubtedly discovered, simply telling an anxious child to stop worrying doesnÂt help at all. Nor does applying adult logic, or allowing your child to avoid feared situations, or offering reassurance every time the fears are expressed.
Anxiety has a way of growing, spreading, shifting in form, and generally resisting efforts to talk it out of existence. But there is hope. What to Do When You Worry Too Much will teach you and your child a new and more successful way to think about and manage anxiety. The techniques described in this book will help your child take control.
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My daughter is 9, but reads at 8th grade level, so I was a bit apprehensive about getting this book for her; fearing she'd think it was too baby-ish. Much to my surprise and delight, she loves the book! She says "I love the pictures. It's kind of funny and I like that it has activities to do. The book has good ideas about how to fix my worries."
The book does have great kid-friendly concepts like: Worry Time and Worry Bully, with places to draw and write down thoughts. It not only addresses how worries can take over, but empowers kids to fight back and reassures them that when they do, the worries will get smaller and smaller, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...LOSE THEIR POWER OVER YOUR CHILD.
The book talks about the positives of getting rid of worries, like giving kids more time to play with their friends instead of worrying. Simple concepts perhaps, but written in a way that kids relate. The concepts are ones that both kids and parents can easily remember and refer to, which also helps when the Worry Bully shows up unexpectedly.
Other books that have helped my daughter:
Worried No More Worried No More - Second Edition: Help and Hope for Anxious Children by Aureen Wagner, PHD (this is an excellent resource for Cognitive-Behavioral therapy support; workbook pages in the back...) and the meditations books for children by Maureen Garth: Starbright...Read more ›
I bought several books, and this one has been great for the most part. Here are the reasons why:
1. Large, easy to read font, my almost first grader can follow along with while I read.
2. Interactive learning. There are sketch pages with the sections and my son loves to draw.
3. The analogy of a growing a tomato plant was great. My son grew some plants in Kindergarten and the knowledge of the life cycle of a plant and how to take care of it was fresh in his mind, so learning that your worries grow similarly when you water them and are attentive to them was a good way of approaching it.
Now for the bone I must pick. The section in this book about "talking back to your worries" has a downfall. Other than this new separation anxiety he is having, he has only one other anxiety that he has had since he was a baby. Anything with a mean face frightens him. Every kid's movie with a bad character in it, he absolutely hates. He is sensitive to fighting, anger, pain- he doesn't like people (or cartoons even) to experience these at all. This section decides to give faces to the worries, mean ugly demonic/monster-like little creatures that sit on your shoulder. My son is literal. Extremely so. He was now sure that he had these little icky creatures pestering him and he became really anxious while we were reading it. I had to then do damage control, which was difficult.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a family counselor and use this all the time....highly recommend!Published 2 days ago by Salt Lake City, UT
This book has been fantastic. Within a few days we saw major improvements. "Worry time" has become a staple for us. I can't say enough good things about this book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Laura
We're lucky enough to live in the town where Dr. Huebner works. We consulted her years ago, after my (then 3-year-old) son kept having nightmares after a car accident. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
A nice easy and enjoyable book to read with lots of simple and helpful activities.Published 10 days ago by Lanier Cordell
my daughter is 4. She is scared of things. After read this book, she told me she will put her worries into a box. And won't let worries bother her.Published 11 days ago by K Liu
My son went through the exercises in this book with a therapist when he was nine years old, back in 2013. He still remembered several of the ideas from it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amy Knepper
THE best book for kids with anxiety of all ages (my teen still uses all of the concepts and looks back at the book often). Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Having a child with anxiety is a sensitive situation. This book was an ENORMOUS help for my anxious 10 year old - can't stress that enough! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Melissa M.
This books is probably best for children under age 10. I got it for my 11 year-old daughter, and while it gave us something to focus on to keep the discussion going, it really was... Read morePublished 24 days ago by KBagain