I have all sorts of tricks for when I worry too much, because I do worry — too much and too often. Worrying happens to be a family trait. Unfortunately, that means I have a pint-sized worrier in my own house, and he can’t self-medicate with Mad Men repeats and lots of chocolate (because I ate it all first). This is where handy self-help books can come in, provided they are, in fact, helpful. And I happen to have found one.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
is an interactive book designed for kids somewhere between 6 and 12
years. The book guides the reader through basic cognitive-behavioral
techniques that are most often used in the treatment of generalized
anxiety. It also explains anxiety using simple, friendly language, some
metaphors and lots of kid-friendly illustrations.
We did the drawing and writing prompts together, including things like
conceptualizing a “Worry Bully” for each of us, and designing a safe,
imaginary place where we can lock up our worries
The book comes with worksheets, but like us, you may want to use
separate pieces of paper, because this feels like a private project.
Also, one I suspect we’ll come back to again when we need to. –Barbara
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner is available from our affiliate Amazon.