Today’s children seem to have more worry and anxiety than kids did when I was growing up. That’s why I’m so thankful for a few books to help young children overcome anxiety and worry. Have you heard this from your child…
- “Mom, but what if…?”
- What if they don’t like me?
- What if I fall?
- What if I look silly?
- What if people laugh at me?
To adults, childhood may seem like a happy-go-lucky time and wonder what in the world kids have to worry about! They’re kids, after all. Just play. Have fun. If only it were that easy.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with feelings of worry, fear, and anxiety. I can see it now in my 6-year-old daughter, too. So how can we help? You would think I would be an expert since I’ve been dealing with this my whole life, but I still struggle with exactly how to help kids (my kid!) overcome worry and anxiety.
Help Young Children Overcome Anxiety and Worry
I’m so thankful for the book Johnathan James and the Whatif Monster by author/illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently via computer screen! She’s so fun, energetic, sincere, and has an amazing story. I have fallen even MORE in love with her work now!
Her books help young kids overcome anxiety and worry. She knows, just like you and I that, yes, life IS full of “what ifs” and it can be scary, even for kids. But, what if they do like you? What if you don’t fall. What if you don’t look silly? This colorful, rhyming book (intended for kids ages 3-7) helps make the whatifs normal and empowers children not to listen to them. Check out other titles that help older kids overcome feelings of sadness, anxiety, and worry.
Get to Know Jonathan and the Whatif Monster
- Buy the book
- Buy the WhatIf Monster plush
- Download the FREE coloring sheet
- Download FREE prints from the author/illustrator
So tell us, what strategies have you used to help your children deal with feelings of fear, anxiety, or worry?