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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • L.W.
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  • 11-22-16

narrator is so distracting

Hard to listen to content. the narrator is distracting. I had to stop listening after chapter 2

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  • 11-04-15

Huge help for my anxious children

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.

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Great tactics for parents

I thoroughly enjoyed Larry's words and recommendations. My son and I are already using his creative play strategies, and helping him take control his anxiety. I highly recommend this book to all parents, especially those with anxious little ones.

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a useful resource

The author does a great job of teaching parents the sources of childrens' anxiety and provides many techniques parents and kids can use to relieve anxiety.

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A must for anyone who deals with anxious children

loved the gentle, sensible and practical approach to dealing with an anxious child. This book is full of many helpful techniques, suggestions and guidance. It empowers parents to use play to help children cope with the anxieties in their lives both little and big, and has techniques that even work for adults!

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Beginning to understand an anxious kid

For parents looking for a first book to help them understand a kid that worries too much. I found the narrator too nasal and the text a little condescending. Could be dangerous if parents took the “playful” suggestion too far.

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Good book with valuable insights for parents.

Easy read with sufficient examples to be very practical. The author gets you to understand and empathise with the anxious child's state. He also does a good job of explaining how many typical parental responses can be improved upon.

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Must read for ALL parents!

I think this is one of the best books on parenting out there. All children have fears and all parents would definitely benefit by reading this book.

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Winner!

Beautifully narrated, empathic, intuitive, and fun! My husband and I listened to this together for him, an adult man with GAD, and he got a lot more out of it than a high brow shrink talking about brain function. Best book I've ever read about anxiety.

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Practical Ideas!

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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