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Why Smart Kids Worry

ISBN: 9781402284250

By: Allison Edwards

Published: 09/03/2013

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Description

Why does my child seem to worry so much?

Being the parent of a smart child is great—until your son or daughter starts asking whether global warming is real, if you are going to die, and what will happen if they don't get into college. Kids who are advanced intellectually often let their imaginations ruin wild and experience fears beyond their years. So what can you do to help?

In Why Smart Kids Worry, Allison Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past. Edwards focuses on how to parent a child who is both smart and anxious and brings her years of experience as a therapist to give you the answers to questions such as:

•How do smart kids think differently?
•Should I let my child watch the nightly news on TV?
•How do I answer questions about terrorists, hurricanes, and other scary subjects?

Edwards’s fifteen specially designed tools for helping smart kids manage their fears will help you and your child work together to help him or her to become more relaxed and worry-free.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part One: How Smart Kids Think

Chapter 1: The New Definition of “Smart”

Chapter 2: Understanding Your Child’s Anxiety

Chapter 3: How Children Process Anxiety and Why It Matters

Chapter 4: How to Address Your Child’s Anxiety in an Age of Worry

Chapter 5: Where Intelligence and Anxiety Collide

Chapter 6: Why Your Child Doesn’t Need to Know about Terrorists

Chapter 7: How to Answer “Is Global Warming Real? When Will I Die? Can a Tornado Hit Our House?”… and Other Tough Questions

Chapter 8: What Anxiety Leaves Behind

Part Two: Tools

Tool #1: Square Breathing

Tool #2: Worry Time

Tool #3: Changing the Channel

Tool #4: The Five Question Rule

Tool #5: “I Did It!” List

Tool #6: The Marble System

Tool #7: Giving Your Child a Role

Tool #8: Structuring the Unstructured

Tool #9: Blanket Tool

Tool #10: Over Checking

Tool #11: Naming the Anxiety

Tool #12: Brain Plate

Tool #13: Run Fast! Jump High!

Tool #14: The Worry Expert

Tool #15: Feelings Check-In

Conclusion

Checklist of Anxiety Symptoms

Think Sheet

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Excerpt

Introduction

Five-year-old Thomas is worried about death. He is afraid his parents are going to die, along with his grandparents, his dog, and his best friend. “Mommy,

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This light, well-organized guide from licensed professional counselor and play therapist Edwards (Vanderbilt U.) offers parents suggestions for helping their children to overcome anxiety stemm...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8.25 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 10.08 oz
Page Count: 256 pages

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