Whether it's the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, the author of Playful Parenting, provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety.
Offering simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy, Dr. Cohen helps parents: start from a place of warmth, compassion, and understanding teach children the basics of the body's "security system": alert, alarm, assessment, and all clear promote tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort by finding the balance between outright avoidance and "white-knuckling" through a fear find lighthearted ways to release tension in the moment, labeling stressful emotions on a child-friendly scale tackle their own anxieties so they can stay calm when a child is distressed bring children out of their anxious thoughts and into their bodies by using relaxation, breathing, writing, drawing, and playful roughhousing.
With this insightful resource of easy-to-implement solutions and strategies, you and your child can experience the opposite of worry, anxiety, and fear, and embrace connection, trust, and joy.
©2013 Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. (P)2013 Tantor
"This book will help you calm the storm of worrying that floods so many children and teens. Take these hard-earned lessons and make them your own. Peace and clarity in your family are just pages away!" (Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., The Whole-Brain Child)
I have both the print version and audio of this book. I often don't have time to sit and read but referencing information is helpful with a printed book of course. The audio was easy to follow and understand. The reader was great with a soothing voice. Cohen gives great practical solutions to facing anxieties in a realistic way. He understands anxiety and he understands how to connect with children. It's already made a big difference in my family of anxious children.
There is a wealth of creative, practical ideas for helping your child through anxiety. I think this book has also helped to inform me about my own anxiety. I bought a hard copy for reference and plan to listen to the audible version many more times!
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