Shrinking the Worry Monster
Worry Monster has been whispering mean things to kids and making them feel terrible. Now it is up to Brooklyn and Jackson to discover the monster’s secret—and stop him!
This delightful story contains research-based strategies that kids and their parents can use to overcome worry and fear. An introduction explains how faulty thinking can lead to worry, and three appendices offer the tools needed for reducing a child’s worries. This is a very entertaining book, but it also contains an important lesson that really does help kids learn to “shrink” their worries. Author Sally Baird has successfully used these strategies with her clients for over 20 years.
The book is suitable for ages 4 to 12, but can be useful for ages 4 to 94!
Shrinking the Worry Monster will be available for purchase via this site at Village Books and anywhere books are sold!
Does your child worry often? Does your child cling to his or her worries despite your best efforts to offer assurance that the worry won’t happen or isn’t true? If so, you are not alone. Research tells us that more children worry now than ever before, with anxiety being the number one mental health concern. Children’s worries can range from minor and infrequent thoughts to incapacitating anxiety preventing a child from fully engaging with school, friends, and activities. A worried child may display such symptoms as restlessness, tiredness, distraction, irritation, tension, and sleep difficulties. The child can become “stuck” believing that irrational or distorted thoughts are true.
Though a worried child can become very distressed and distressing to others, there is good news: worries can be diminished by changing the way we respond to them. The strategy used in this book is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most effective treatments to decrease anxiety. The main concept in CBT is that our worried thoughts are based on “faulty thinking” and once we correct the faulty thinking we can “shrink” the worry. In faulty thinking our brain tricks us by saying that something bad will happen or something is wrong with us. If we listen to these negative thoughts, we may start to believe them and then act as if they are true. A negative cycle can take effect, which is very difficult to break unless the worrier can change his or her thinking.