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The Opposite of Worry

The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears

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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, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, offers simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy. Dr. Cohen helps parents and children experience the opposite of worry, anxiety, and fear and embrace connection, trust, and joy.

"Anxiety is a full-body sport, and Cohen's main advice is not to treat it with words but with actions... Physicality is about living in the present, and for anxious people, the present is a powerful place of healing. Intended for parents of children ages 3 to 15, this book offers anecdotes and fun anti-anxiety games." -- Publishers Weekly

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Description

This insightful book will help parents learn to:

  • - 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

Product Details

Author Lawrence J. Cohen
ISBN 0345539338
Publication Date Sep 10, 2013
Publisher Ballantine Books
Language English
Category Physical / Emotional Development
Parenting Books Age Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen