As anxiety levels in younger generations continue to climb, it’s important to help your children find a way to better understand, communicate, and cope with stress and worry—before it gets too out-of-hand. That’s where books have always come into play. Stories can help children understand and communicate feelings that seem too big to be able to talk about, and they can help you as their parents better understand what they are dealing with. Below are just a few children’s book that have the potential help your little one out of an anxious situation!
Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes
This book tells the story of a mouse named Wemberly who deals with a lot of worrying; in particular, worrying about the first day of school. It’s relatable, sweet, and can help your kids know they aren’t alone in feeling anxious about a new school, or even just a new school year!
Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety, by Steve Herman
This rendition of a story about a kid and his pet dragon deals with the taboo topic of anxiety. It introduces some very valuable social and emotional skills kids can use when they’re feeling anxious themselves, but still manages to be a lighthearted and enjoyable read.
Always, by Ann Stott
A common source of anxiety in children stems from the feeling that they have to earn the love and acceptance they want to receive. This story delves into that fear by introducing a character who feels as though his mother won’t love him unless he is perfect, and turns into a tale of unconditional parental love.
Is A Worry Worrying You? by Frieda Wolff
This book introduces worry after worry, and then offers solutions to make them go away. It’s an excellent problem-solving story, and its solutions can apply to any of the worries it introduces when they appear in your child’s life.
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