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Why Smart Kids Worry: And What Parents Can Do to Help [Kindle Edition]

Allison Edwards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Why does my child seem to worry so much?


Being the parent of a smart child is great—until your son or daughter starts asking whether global warming is real, if you are going to die, and what will happen if they don't get into college. Kids who are advanced intellectually often let their imaginations ruin wild and experience fears beyond their years. So what can you do to help?


In Why Smart Kids Worry, Allison Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past. Edwards focuses on how to parent a child who is both smart and anxious and brings her years of experience as a therapist to give you the answers to questions such as:


•How do smart kids think differently?

•Should I let my child watch the nightly news on TV?

•How do I answer questions about terrorists, hurricanes, and other scary subjects?


Edwards's fifteen specially designed tools for helping smart kids manage their fears will help you and your child work together to help him or her to become more relaxed and worry-free.



Editorial Reviews

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As a psychologist who works with children, I can honestly say this will be one book I will be adding to my borrowing library for parents to read. I have already recommended it to several of the families I am currently working with. Well worth a read for parents as well as professionals.

Therapist Edwards brings profound insight into the minds of gifted, anxious children in this parent-friendly handbook...Fifteen tools for parents and children to use together offer practical approaches to teaching coping skills and emotional competence, and will work well for any child with anxiety. Parents will be comforted by Edwards's analysis, which frames children's worrying as a manageable challenge.

As a parent with anxiety as well as a child with anxiety, this was a really great manual...The combination of information as well as practical use make this book something that will help a wide array of families searching for help.

This light, well-organized guide from licensed professional counselor and play therapist Edwards (Vanderbilt U.) offers parents suggestions for helping their children to overcome anxiety stemming from precocious intelligence.

About the Author

Allison Edwards is a Licensed Professional Counselor and registered Play Therapist with specialized training in working with children, adolescents, and families. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a Master's degree in couseling from Vanderbilt University.. She is an adjunct professor in the Human Development Counseling Program at Vanderbilt University, and she maintains full-time private practice with children of all ages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140228425X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E8MGLU4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book September 3, 2013
By Kerry M
Format:Paperback
I was given an advanced cope of this book to read and review and I have to say this is one of the best books on managing anxiety for children that I have read. Whilst the title and the first chapter gives the impression that the whole book is only about anxiety in highly intelligent children, this is not the case. The author gives examples on the differences between how most children will worry compared with the same situation for gifted children. The situations and the techniques are for both. Most of the techniques are known to me, but there were a few new ones (makes it all worthwhile). As a psychologist who works with children, I can honestly say this will be one book I will be adding to my borrowing library for parents to read. I have already recommended it to several of the families I am currently working with. Well worth a read for parents as well as professionals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I am constantly encountering high achieving children (and their parents) who are dealing with issues related to anxiety. While medications are helpful at times, there are numerous non-pharmacological interventions that have enormous potential to help with the child’s underlying worries that should be tried first. Parents are always asking me, “What can I do?”

While there are a plethora of resources out there to help parents in knowing what to do, few are as clear, concise, direct, and useful as the group of techniques that Allison Edwards has assembled. The techniques are easy to understand, easier to use, and ones that address real world issues that children and parents face.

Before Edwards reveals her techniques for helping with children’s worries, she also provides the parent or reader with a very intuitive and useful road map to provide insight into their child’s psychological makeup. I use this framework in my private practice nearly daily as one of my tools to help explain to parents why their child interprets the world in the way they do.

In summary, Why Smart Kids Worry is a book that offers real answers for real parents with kids with real problems. Nothing theoretical here. Just useful techniques that offer an understanding into a population of children that are under more pressure than generations in the past before the terms “helicopter parent” or “tiger mom” ever existed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SMART READ! September 12, 2013
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Having a daughter with anxiety I DO wish I would have had this in hand through her anxious life. So many great practical tips, square breathing (which we all could use when anxiety hits), changing the channel just to name a few. This book is full of kid-friendly coping tools that kids can use when feeling overwhelmed. Telling them "there's nothing to worry about" is never a solution. I love this book and have shared with many. A must read for sure!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read January 1, 2014
By mcbIL
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I picked this book up on a whim at the library, then quickly ordered it here. I particularly like the section that describes different types of anxiety in children; one completely fits our oldest child. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the text and implementing some of the seemingly helpful action plans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Books like these. December 13, 2014
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Books like these...I feel they have good intentions, but you have to customize your parenting technique for YOUR CHILD, b/c every single child is different. I am enjoying reading it b/c my 8 year old suffers from severe Anxiety Disorder as well as ADHD. However, I use books like these in conjunction with medication and family/individual therapy. Give it a shot, won't hurt anything and you may learn a few new things. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 27, 2014
By Aim J
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Very informative and helpful. Helped me to understand my child more. And the tools were also very helpful. A good read for anyone who has an anxious child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars parent friendly tools February 20, 2014
By lmacdo
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I am an occupational therapist working with kids who have self-regulation issues. The tools in this book are easy to use and share with parents. Ms. Edwards is to be commended for sharing her ideas in an accessible format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this book!! December 3, 2013
By Marse21
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I really needed this book at this time in my parenting journey of a very bright, intense child as he makes his transition to a new school. I found the descriptions of the types of anxiety and how an anxious mind functions just so useful in understanding what is going on for him, and the strategies mean I feel I can move forward with what I've learned. I was only a few chapters in when I started recommending it to other parents! Thank you Allison Edwards for this work - it has the power to genuinely help children and parents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful book
Self awareness and tools to better yourself and help your kids. Wonderful book for patents/ therapists or any caregivers .
Published 1 month ago by Girish C Patwardhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffeechug Finds Great Value In This Book
A very powerful read to help parents and educators understand anxiety and the ways in which in can affect children. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Maurer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book but the tips at the end were the ...
Not a bad book but the tips at the end were the interesting part of the book and it took a long time to get to them.
Published 3 months ago by Jyoung
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
My best advice is do NOT buy this book as it is a total waste, in spite of other's high ratings... I received the information on this book as an email, since my children (of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by redhvn
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!! One of my most favorite parents books ever.
This book is SO well written. I rarely get hooked by non-fiction, but the insights and examples provided by the author were so incredibly engaging and applicable I could hardly put... Read more
Published 14 months ago by StephanieG
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice
It was an interesting read and had some useful advice. Some of it was logical, while some were very intuitive. Overall, I am glad I bought it.
Published 14 months ago by Jason Mattingly
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
Is a little boring but some interesting facts about different cultures and expectations and how our own perceptions may or may not be true according to how you were raised.
Published 15 months ago by Sharon S. Shapanus
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More About the Author

Allison Edwards is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University.
Before opening a private practice, Allison developed and maintained a play therapy program for at-risk and immigrant children in the public school system. In her current practice, she sees children of all ages, consults with parents, supervises counselors and writes about childhood anxiety. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University where she enjoys teaching future counselors how to work with kids.


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