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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life--from Toddlers to Teens Paperback – Illustrated, July 29, 2014
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"An excellent book, one of the best of it's kind...This book has the potential for helping thousands and thousands of children, their parents, and their families." --Judith S. Beck, PH.D., President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Clinial Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
"The master of providing clear, accessible, practical advice and guidance for wise and loving care of the anxious child." --Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., author of Dear Patrick
Praise for Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking:
“Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., has done it again—written another incredibly helpful, practical book. Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking offers specific strategies for parents (or any adult) to use with children and describes variations on these strategies for younger children and older adolescents. Every parent who has a pessimistic, negativistic child should read this book! As parents use the thinking and behavioral strategies that Dr. Chansky recommends, they will undoubtedly find that they themselves are becoming more optimistic and positive, not only toward their child but also more generally in their own lives. I highly recommend this wonderful book.” --Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
“Many youngsters are burdened by self-doubt, negative feelings, and depression. Their lack of confidence and sadness typically trigger feelings of confusion and distress in their parents as the latter struggle to find the best approach to help their children develop a more optimistic, resilient outlook. Tamar Chansky’s book Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking offers a wonderful resource for parents. In a very skillful manner, Dr. Chansky’s explains the roots of negative thinking, but most importantly, she offers specific, realistic strategies with actual dialogue that parents can use to minimize their child’s negativity. Her empathy and understanding for children and parents is evident on very page of this very readable, practical book. It is a book that parents of children of all ages will read and re-read as they seek to help their children perceive themselves in a more hopeful light.” --Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School and co-author of Raising Resilient Children and Raising a Self-Disciplined Child
“Tamar Chansky gives parents a dynamic approach to helping their children escape thinking badly about themselves and their world?thoughts ranging from mild negativism to clinical depression. Her insightful and creative techniques, based on scientifically grounded cognitive behavior therapy, are, on any given day, helpful not only for parents and their children but for all of us. Next time I want to blame myself for something that went wrong, or feel terrible about something I did, I will open this book and I know I will soon feel better.”--Myrna Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child and Thinking Parent, Thinking Child
“Tamar Chansky has distilled cutting-edge research on optimism, pessimism, depression, and resilience into an incredibly thoughtful guide for parents. Her book is full of suggestions about what to look for and what to do (and what not to do) that parents should find engaging and accessible. Reading this book should ease the worries of both parents and their children.”--Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
“In a clearly readable fashion, Dr. Tamar Chansky combines clever phrasing (for adults) along with “kid speak” to communicate with youth. From her having worked with anxious youth who struggle with all of the possibilities (too many), Dr. Chansky shifts to the negative youth who see no future—the youth who mistake one thing for everything. She walks the reader through discussions that focus on how negative experiences happen to everyone, and that they are ‘manageable’ and ‘temporary’. This book is not a review of the scientific literature, but it is a readable set of guidelines and understandings that are informed by it.” --Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Director, Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Temple University
“For every parent who wants their child not to feel bad, here is an excellent book to feel great about. In Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Dr. Chansky abundantly gives parents powerful, easy to apply tools to ensure the emotional health and success of any child. I hope no parent trying to help their child to get ahead misses out on reading this wonderful book packed with valuable advice.”-- Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child
About the Author
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804139806
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804139809
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 1.01 x 7.98 inches
- Publisher : Harmony; Revised, Updated ed. edition (July 29, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We purchased this book when my daughter had an anxiety relapse and couldn't get in to see her former psychologist for several months. The book provided some strategies we could implement to deescalate the negative emotions she was having. It offered her immense relief without a lot of effort on our part. This book doesn't replace a trained therapist, but I think every parent struggling with an anxious child should read this book before starting therapy (at least the information chapters). Understanding the child's anxiety is the first step toward helping him conquer it, and this book does an incredible job of explaining to the concerned adult in his life.
I have struggled myself with anxiety, and I felt that this book really helped me pinpoint my own erroneous thought processes and pointed me in the direction of healthier thinking. The strategies listed are really just cognitive behavioral therapy using kid-friendly language. However, even adults can benefit from reading this book. The same strategies work for adults, with or without the cutesy phrases (up to you!)
The only negative comment I have is that the book is SO informative and dense, I felt like I needed to sit and read (some passages 2-3 times) in silence and with a highlighter to truly capture everything being said. This is not something I really have much occasion to do in my life as a busy mom of three, but I tried to devote as much time as I could to do the book due to the severity of the situation with our daughter. This is not really a knock on the book, just plan on having some quiet and concentration before you can get the most out of it!
CAN'T RECOMMEND ENOUGH for someone who loves, or works with, a child suffering from anxiety.