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Look for the Helpers

Look for the Helpers

Years ago, Fred Rogers gave sage advice for kids when they see scary news---Look for the Helpers. He said, "When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this...

Worry Monster Book Now In Spanish!

Worry Monster Book Now In Spanish!

Because Spanish-speaking kids also have worries, Shrinking the Worry Monster, A Kid's Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries has been translated into Spanish! This seems especially timely as a U.S. Task Force on Children's Mental Health just recommended anxiety screening...

How to Help Kids Handle Scary News

How to Help Kids Handle Scary News

The news is scary these days. Whether it's war or climate change or violence, bad news just goes on and on. How do you help your children handle the scary news they hear or see? For that matter, how do you help yourself cope with bad news? There is an old newsroom...

Worry Boxes Galore!!

Worry Boxes Galore!!

Last month, I gave a presentation to the Whatcom County Library System for Shrinking the Worry Monster. At the end of the presentation, all the guests (young and old alike) made a worry box. (See link for full description on how to make and use a Worry Box.) Below are...

Parents Need to Schedule Their OWN Worry Time

Parents Need to Schedule Their OWN Worry Time

Last year Red Tricycle/Tiny Beans published the author's popular article on using scheduled Worry Time to help shrink kid's anxiety. One common response was that parents need their own Worry Time. "We are as stressed as our kids!", wrote one mom. I agree. Therefore,...

Teach Your Child to Be Thankful This Holiday

Teach Your Child to Be Thankful This Holiday

Thanksgiving is more than eating a big meal, watching football, and gathering with others. Amidst the frenzy of this holiday, it is easy to forget what the holiday is about---being thankful. Here are some ways you can teach your child (and yourself) to be thankful....

Shrinking the Worry Monster Free on Kindle!

Shrinking the Worry Monster Free on Kindle!

Shrinking the Worry Monster, A Kid's Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries will be free on your Kindle starting June 27 and ending June 29. This ebook format will be available to you and your children all weekend and into Monday. It will include the helpful guide to...

Shrinking the Worry Monster Now on Kindle

Shrinking the Worry Monster Now on Kindle

Shrinking the Worry Monster, A Kid's Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries is now available on Kindle for $6.99. However, it is free if you have Kindle Unlimited or happen to catch a free promotion! Given the anxiety surrounding our children, the book continues to be...

A New Virtual Book Event on Kid’s Anxiety

A New Virtual Book Event on Kid’s Anxiety

Dr. Sally will present a reading from her book, Shrinking The Worry Monster, and discuss reducing kid's anxiety for the Parkview Elementary PTO. Worry is sky high, so this January 12, 7 pm event is very timely. Contact Parkview Elementary School in Bellingham if...

How to Cope with Holiday & Covid-19 Stress

How to Cope with Holiday & Covid-19 Stress

Here is an excellent article from Indiana University Health about how to cope with holiday and COVID-19 stress. This holiday you may be feeling more stress that ever before. COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, family plans are changing, days are shorter, kids are...

Red Tricycle Publishes Worry Time Article

Red Tricycle Publishes Worry Time Article

The Worry Time article from my blog attracted 2500 hits in the first week after it was published in Red Tricycle on 11/10/20. It appears as if childhood worry is rising as rapidly as COVID-19 cases. That's a lot of worried parents and kids. The strategies of Worry...

Worry Time, Another Clever Strategy That Works

Worry Time, Another Clever Strategy That Works

Childhood worry seems to be rising as rapidly as COVID-19 cases. More and more children are having trouble sleeping, complaining about their fears, not doing well in school, and showing physical symptoms. Does this sound like your child? What if you have you tried...

A Genius Way for Grandparents and Kids to Connect

A Genius Way for Grandparents and Kids to Connect

My article, "A Genius Way for Grandparents and Kids to Connect", was recently published in June's Parent Map, an online and paper magazine for families in the Pacific NW. Click on this link to read the article. It was also picked up by News Break, an online forum...

Two Amazing Ways to Interview With Grandchildren

Two Amazing Ways to Interview With Grandchildren

Grandparents, do you know your grandchildren's favorite color, closest friend, or their very favorite activity? Do you know what brings them joy, sorrow, or worry? Most grandparents would say they want to know more about their grandchildren, but they often find their...

How to Manage Covid-19 Anxiety

How to Manage Covid-19 Anxiety

My friend and former mentor, Laura Kastner, PhD, wrote a very timely article for Seattle's Parent Map. She describes three phases in our adjustment to Covid-19 anxiety: SPUR, LURCH, and COPE. SPUR The SPUR phase includes shock, protest, understand, and respond....

Shrinking the Worry Monster A Top Seller!

Shrinking the Worry Monster A Top Seller!

Shrinking the Worry Monster, A Kid's Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries was rated the 8th best seller for 2019 among children's books at the independent bookstore, Village Books in Fairhaven, WA. Click here to see The Chuckanut Reader. This is tremendous news,...

King’s Book event on 2/27 a success!

King’s Book event on 2/27 a success!

Since the book event at King's Books had to be rescheduled, it is nice to share about our last successful book event. Covid-19 has put almost everything on hold, but more book events at other locations will be scheduled. Follow Sally's blog postings for future events....

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has caused significant anxiety in everyone, kids and adults alike. I recently found an excellent article in the New York Times/Parenting section to help parents and others talk to kids about the virus. Some of the excellent points in the article...

March 29 book event suspended for now

March 29 book event suspended for now

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Third Place books has cancelled all book events. They are hoping to reschedule Shrinking the Worry Monster to a date in June. Meanwhile, I will be posting regular blog posts with advice on how to help your children, teens, and you deal...

BOOK EVENT – Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

BOOK EVENT – Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Sunday, March 29, 6 pm 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park Shrinking the Worry Monster A Kid's Guide for Saying Good-Bye to Worries Worry monster has been whispering mean things to kids and making them feel terrible. Not it is up to two brave kids to discover worry...

King’s Books

King’s Books

Sally will be reading at King’s Books in Tacoma, Washington on February 27 at 6:00 p.m. If you are in the area, please join us. This is family-friendly event, so be sure to bring the kids! 218 St Helen’s Ave,Tacoma, Washington 253-272-8801

New Endorsement for Shrinking the Worry Monster

New Endorsement for Shrinking the Worry Monster

When I started my book writing journey, I had no idea how many wonderful folks I would meet along the way. One important person is Dan Peters, PhD, a co-founder of the Summit Centers in California. These centers provide assessments, consultation, and counseling to...

Preventing Holiday Stress and Anxiety in Children

Preventing Holiday Stress and Anxiety in Children

The holidays can be joyous and fun, but they also can create anxiety in children because routines are altered, bedtimes are later, many more activities are scheduled, sweets are eaten, and sometimes, parents are frantically trying to get things done. Of course, this...

Book Launch – December 7 – Bellingham

Book Launch – December 7 – Bellingham

Join me on December 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Village Books Readings Gallery for the launch of Shrinking the Worry Monster. This is a family-friendly event where the format will be split between story-time for kids and then time for a discussion of children's anxiety...

Book Launch – December 14 – Lynden

Book Launch – December 14 – Lynden

Please join me for the launch of Shrinking the Worry Monster on December 14, 2019, 2 pm at the Inn at Lynden, Waples Room, (connected to Village Books in Lynden). This is a family-friendly event where the format will be split between story-time for kids and then time...

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