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What To Do When You Worry Too Much

What To Do When You Worry Too Much, A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety is a workbook for children who are dealing with anxiety.


Age it’s best for: 6-12

Why your child will love it

What To Do When You Worry Too Much explains anxiety in a way children can understand. Then, in a simple and clear way, it offers some ideas for how to deal with anxiety. They include: only thinking about worries during a specific time, talking back to worries, activity, and relaxation. The supportive, reassuring, and empowering tone of the book helps children feel understood and confident about their ability to make changes. The drawing and writing activities in What To Do When You Worry Too Much let kids get involved and tell their own story. Children with anxiety often have active imaginations, and this book uses that in a positive way. For example, getting children to imagine and then draw what their “worry bully” looks like and then how they would tell it to go away. To see how this works, have a look at this short video. The book includes illustrations that break up the text nicely and add some interest and fun to the book.

What To Do When You Worry Too Much explains anxiety in a way children can understand. Then, in a simple and clear way, it offers some ideas for how to deal with anxiety. They include: only thinking about worries during a specific time, talking back to worries, activity, and relaxation.

The supportive, reassuring, and empowering tone of the book helps children feel understood and confident about their ability to make changes.

The drawing and writing activities in What To Do When You Worry Too Much let kids get involved and tell their own story. Children with anxiety often have active imaginations, and this book uses that in a positive way. For example, getting children to imagine and then draw what their “worry bully” looks like and then how they would tell it to go away. To see how this works, have a look at this short video.

The book includes illustrations that break up the text nicely and add some interest and fun to the book.


Why you will love it

What To Do When You Worry Too Much was written by a psychologist and published by the American Psychological Association.

It starts with an introduction for adults that gives a brief explanation of anxiety and the ideas behind the techniques in the book. This gives a good foundation for adults to start working through the book with a child.

Its simple explanations and interactive style make it easier to start a conversation with children about anxiety and to offer them suggestions on how to manage it. And the combination of reading, writing, and drawing gives children the information they need while getting them involved and active in learning new skills.

What To Do When You Worry Too Much makes it clear that managing anxiety is a process that will take time, and that kids will have to practise and work hard to make change happen.

The illustrations in What To Do When You Worry Too Much reflect racial diversity.


Beyond the book

Here are some things you and your child can talk about after reading What To Do When You Worry Too Much:

  • Talk about the book’s idea of worries growing like tomatoes. Does your child have worries that have grown like that?
  • Talk about what you do to deal with worries. If you have anxiety, talk a bit about that too, and what you do to manage it.
  • As you and your child practise the techniques in the book, keep the confident, encouraging tone of the book going!

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