Worry Warriors:Help Kids Cope with Anxiety





Anxiety can be a very normal thing, and most of us (including kids) will experience worries from time to time.  If you are wondering when you should worry about your kid's worries, though, check out the following resource which provides you with the Red Flags of Worry.

Worry Warriors

Help your child be a Worry Warrior. For our purposes, this means that he will face his fears head on. As you have likely heard, bravery is not the absence of fear.  It is feeling the fear and doing it anyways.  When kids can face their worries and process them with a caring adult, they are one step closer to emotional freedom!

How You Can Help Your Child

If your child's worries are minimal and common, you can help him cope in many ways.  Below, we have gathered some great ways from some skilled folks, to help kids process and cope with worries.



1. Worry Activities from Kim's Counseling Corner 
(Includes 2 Activities)


2. Worry Dolls by Dr Play Mom


3. Worry Stones by Creative Elementary School Counselor



4. Anxiety can show up as anger. 
Anxious kids may be irritable, and at times,
have outbursts.  Our very own resource,
can help with that!


(This is an AWESOME way to combat worry. Kids have loved this!)

(Teens Have LOVED this and found it very helpful!)



7. Worry Shields by Fairy Dust Teaching


8. Pocket Hearts - Worries by Curly Birds
(In case you need to ship some to a niece or grandchild)


10. Worry Cards by Autism Teaching Strategies
(32 Cards)


11.  Excessive worry can cause sadness.  Our very own resource, 
"Helping Kids Deal with Sadness" can help.  It's yours for about the 
cost of a gourmet cup of coffee.  Just $12.00 for therapeutic-grade
skills for your youngsters.  




11.  Deep Breathing by Kim's Counseling Corner


(More than 20 Book Suggestions)


13. Calm Down and Relax by Creative Playhouse
(Featuring 15 Activities)


(Love this workbook!)



15. Our very own Fun with Feelings Workbook helps kids deal
with all sorts of feelings. (Instant Download) It can be used in
classrooms, with scouting groups, childcare facilities and more!

16. Sea Otter Cove: A Relaxation Story by my friend, Lori Lite, 
at Stress Free Kids.

We hope those provide a good starting point for helping your kids cope with worries.  If anxiety and worries continue and impact your child's ability to sleep, go to school, engage with peers in an age-appropriate manner, or affect him in any other way, we urge you to seek professional help.  The sooner a problem is dealt with, the sooner your child can get on with the business of being a kid!

17. See our whole collection of suggested books to help with anxiety here:


Click Here  to see books we recommend!



How do you help your child deal with worries? 
We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

As always, from Kidlutions, we wish you Happy Parenting {and Teaching}!  If you have an extra minute, be sure to come play with us on facebook and Pinterest!


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Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there!

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Comments

Laura said…
What a great round-up of tools! Thanks SO much for including my worry doll post! - PlayDrMom
Laura,

It is my great pleasure to share excellent information with parents and other practitioners! I love what you do! Keep it coming!

~Wendy

(PS...I think we both make our homes and practice in Michgan! Howdy, neighbor!)
These are all really great suggestions. I am always looking for new ways to help my small children deal frustration and worry. Based on inspiration, we set up a Peace Corner in our house which has worked really well for my 2 1/2 and 4 year old. http://mylittlehappies.blogspot.com/2012/04/pregnancy-peace-corners-possibilities.html

Thank you for the ideas!
Cheryl Lassey said…
WOW! Thank you so much for sharing my Worry Stones with your readers! What a great resource of ideas
Cheryl,

Your Worry Stones are AWESOME! My pleasure to share about them!

Wendy =)
Paola Herreman said…
This is amazing, thanks so much for putting together all these great ideas Wendy!
Paola,

My pleasure to share such fab ideas! Glad you enjoyed them!

Wendy =)
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Thanks, Md! Drop in any time!

~Wendy
This is wonderful-- just spotted all this on pinterest and will repin around absolutely.

Hope do we help kids cope? We have a song with lesson called Monkey all about the "Monkey Mind" kids swear by. Teachers even send us notes telling us many students know laugh and say, "It was just my monkeys!" Ah, the power of waking up a kid's imagination.

For older kids, our song/lesson Messy is most popular. I am often surprised at how little attention our education system puts on helping kids not worry. Worry is lethal. How can kids focus and learn when they are busy fretting over the little stuff?
PS Love what you're up to!
elieasa marriea said…
Thanks for your great information.
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