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Look at this face!

January 24, 2011

That grin is just the best ever. He got 3rd place for Best in Show during his cubscouts pinewood derby this last Saturday. He was really wanting to place in the races but it didn’t work out, some technical difficulties with the wheels. But he did get this trophy for a cool looking car!

As I said last Friday, we’ve sought out some help for JT and his anxiety. He’s a pretty wound up kid and he has chronic stomach aches and other things because of it. Our first step is this book and so far it seems he has really taken to it. Here’s my review from Goodreads:

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids)What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
We got this book for my son at the recommendation of his therapist. We read it together in two nights and we’ve already seen a change in his affect and he’s tried out several of the techniques. He likes the workbook pages and how he gets to draw and write things out. I recommend it to anyone who has a child that has a tendency towards worrying and anxiety.

Our next step is to have him meet the therapist and get him into a group. Our main goal is to reduce his anxiety and increase his self-esteem. He spends so much time and energy obsessing over things he has no control over. It just really holds him back in a lot of ways and creates so much frustration that simple things we know he’s capable of doing, and that he can be really good at, become huge ordeals. It breaks my heart.

If anyone out there has any insight or advice about children and anxiety, I’d love to hear from you! I want to share some of what we’re going through here on my blog, but I’ll also be holding back a bit out of respect for his privacy. What I’ll be sharing will mostly be some techniques that are working for us and some of my own self-reflection. Good thing I got some great journals for my last birthday that need to be filled, I’ll be needing those!

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  1. January 30, 2011 3:52 pm

    Congrats to him on the trophy! The book sounds interesting. Kaylee goes through major worrier cycles too. She’ll stay up nights with a guilt complex over some very minor situation that happened two or three years ago, things so minor that they shouldn’t have even had her batting an eye at the time they happened. Fortunately, she seems to be between cycles right now, but the book sounds worth checking into.

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