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"An easy-to-follow and well organized self-help tool that will be invaluable for kids who struggle with fears or worries."—School Library Journal
“This practical guide helps children identify, understand, and manage their everyday worries. . . . Adults might find themselves benefiting from the coping strategies, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.”—National Catholic Register
“A good resource for all libraries.”—Children’s Literature
iParenting Media Awards Winner
This great little book about fears and worries offers a sort of self-help guide to children. Dr. Crist first offers supportive information on the fears and worries most kids have, then provides basic information on bigger issues, including phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and receiving counseling. Fear of thunderstorms, getting laughed at, not fitting in, and other concerns are presented as common to children and as not always easy to discuss. The value of thinking about a fear or worry in a new way is a prevalent theme. Numerous exercises for children are provided, such as listing fears and worries. The author then presents ten "Fear Chasers and Worry Erasers." For example, he suggests that kids "flip the switch" from negative to positive thinking or make a fear scale as ways of facing scary situations. Vignettes of children doing these are sprinkled throughout, and simple illustrations and summaries of important points make the information inviting to read. The book includes a short resource list for kids. And there's a "Note to Grown-ups" on the subjects covered, with its own resource and reference list. A nice touch for children is an invitation by Dr. Crist to email or write him about their problems or questions. This book is a good resource for all libraries. 2004, Works for Kids/Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 8 to 13.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-An easy-to-follow, self-help tool that will be invaluable for kids who struggle with fears or worries. Part one deals with normal anxiety, offering detailed steps for developing 10 coping mechanisms. Expert help is needed to deal with the more serious problems discussed in Part two (e.g., phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Throughout, the author provides information, case histories, and coping skills in a manner that is both reassuring and encouraging. The physiological, psychological, and social aspects of fears and anxiety are clearly explained. Tools, such as journaling, are thoroughly described so that readers may immediately put into practice the ideas offered in the book. Youngsters are encouraged to share the volume with a trusted grown-up. A descriptive chapter on counseling is included, as is a section directed toward involved adults. Authoritative print resources and associations to contact are suggested. The content is well organized and the index is adequate. Illustrations lighten the tone of the subject matter. This title will empower children and help them to understand, confront, and master troubling emotions. It furthers the help offered in Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick's Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves (Free Spirit, 2000) and has more child appeal than Bruce Brooks's Boys Will Be (Disney, 1995).-Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.