Simple yes-or-no questions help kids ages 7 to 12 find the right calming activities for every kind of anxiety
It can be tough for kids with growing minds to work through their worries and self-soothe when they’re spiraling. This interactive, step-by-step guide is here to help! In Why Do I Feel So Worried?,
children can follow an easy-to-use, colorfully illustrated flowchart to . . .
- Name the emotion they’re struggling with (like stress)
- Figure out its source (for instance, homework problems)
- Calm down with an easy activity (such as a soothing script)
Every tried-and-tested strategy—from breathing techniques to meditations, affirmations, and more—offers in-the-moment relief to anxious children. And throughout, notes to caregivers explain the underlying psychology along with how (and when) to offer help.
Kids might not always be able to solve what’s worrying them—but they do have the power to help themselves feel better!
Tammi Kirkness is a life coach, corporate wellness speaker, and former clinician at a center for kids with learning difficulties. She is also the author of The Panic Button Book (for adults), which has been published in more than eight countries since its release in October 2020. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
“This is such a great book. If you have a child who is going through [anxiety] and loves using workbooks of any kind, this is amazing. . . . It’s like a fun quiz you would find in a magazine, and yet it really helps to counteract the stress and regular worries that so many kids have.”—Zibby Owens,
host of the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
“What I love about [Why Do I Feel So Worried
] is the message that you may not even find out what you’re worried about, but you do have the power to make yourself feel better—which could be a lesson for all of us.”—Holly Morris,
cohost of FOX 5’s Good Day DC
“A wonderful way to teach kids about anxiety and how to manage it.”—Jo Lamble,
“A thoughtful and thoroughly useful guide for parents and carers to use with kids who experience anxiety, to help them process and master their fears and emotions.”—Dr. Tatiana Menick,
Center for Discovery, Residential Treatment Center for Children and Adolescents
“A book that’s compassionate, gentle, and reassuring, pointing the way forward through the very real fears and uncertainties children face.”—Maggie Hamilton,
author of What’s Happening to Our Girls?
and What’s Happening to Our Boys?
“This book is so good for anxious kids! My nine-year-old uses it all the time.”—Melissa Wilson
, editor at kidspot.com.au