14 Jul



Do you have a child who clings to you like Velcro when you go out to a new place? When you are in the bathroom, does he pace outside the door? Is she reluctant to go upstairs by herself, or to go outside to play? Does he need endless reassurance — that he doesn’t have cancer, that his food isn’t poisoned, or that it is impossible for a shark to get into the bathtub?


If you recognize any of these behaviors, you may have an anxious child. Anxious children are often plagued by fears and beliefs that make no sense to their friends or parents, but are only too real to them. Without some special handling, these fears can turn into major barriers that spoil an anxious child’s fun and sap his confidence.


In this book, I have collected some e-mails that I have sent to parents of anxious children on topics that come up frequently in our work together. These messages may give parents some ideas about how to handle a child’s anxiety, or point them in the right direction to get more help or useful information. Professionals, too, may find these e-mails useful as handouts to their clients.


For those who would like to read more about anxious children and how to help them, I have attached a bibliography that includes some books that consistently get good feedback from the parents in my practice.

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