Have a child who worry’s a lot?
Whether a worry is real or imagined, for a child worry always feels real.
It’s frustrating to have a child who worries. Whether a worry is real or imagined, for a child worry always feels real (worry can also be a sign of anxiety). Worries are tricky and unfair for a child who is essentially robbed of the feeling of security. With a child who worries parents are never sure if it’s going to be a good play date, day at school, dinner out, or shopping trip.
It can be intimidating to think about where to even begin on the journey to help your child deal with the worries. Facing something (this includes talking or reading about it) is the first step to changing a situation. And books written specifically for kids on worry are a really helpful way to deal with worry emotions presenting in a child. Books normalize stories and share ways other children (and families) have found help working through days and seasons of worry. Books also provide a vocabulary to start a conversation with your child, young or old and begin to tackle the worries that reside inside them.
Three of my favorite books dealing with worry are:
What to Do When you Worry Too Much, an activity based book to explain worry and how it commonly grows in your life. The book then helps you and your child work together bit by bit to extinguish the growth of worry.
Is a Worry Worrying You introduces different characters, each with a worry depicted as a monster. The book helps parents and children observe problem solving in story form. The characters learn that through taking charge of the situations they worry about and coming up with an alternate plan they can change outcomes.
Mr. Worry deals with the obsessive and compulsive nature of some children’s worries. Worry that makes you perform for it. It shows worry as distortion to reality because it plays tricks on your brain.
Don’t wait for your child’s worry get worse or to turn into an uncontrollable monster. Don’t let worry run your child’s life. Pick up the above books today at your local library or order them on Amazon.
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