"The most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Whether its 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, " provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety. Offering simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy, Dr. Cohen helps parents
- start from a place of warmth, compassion, and understanding
- teach children the basics of the bodys "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
With this insightful resource of easy-to-implement solutions and strategies, you and your child can experience the "opposite" of worry, anxiety, and fear and embrace connection, trust, and joy.
Advance praise for "The Opposite of Worry"
"If you want to understand your childs anxiety--and your own parental worries--you must read Larry Cohens brilliant book, "The Opposite of Worry." Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
""The Opposite of Worry" offers a treasure trove of ideas to help children feel confident and secure. Lawrence Cohen has written a book that will help every parent of an anxious child."--Aletha Solter, Ph.D., founder, Aware Parenting, and author of "Attachment Play"
"Heres the help parents of anxious children have been looking for Dr. Cohens genius is in the warm and generous spirit of the strategies he outlines for parents. He grounds his playful approach in a sound explanation of how anxiety affects children, and how they heal."--Patty Wipfler, founder and program director, Hand in Hand Parenting