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Why Smart Kids Worry : And What Parents Can Do to Help
by Allison Edwards


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781402284250
  • ISBN-10: 140228425X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 244
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Family & Relationships > Parenting - General
Books > Self-Help > Anxieties & Phobias
Books > Family & Relationships > Life Stages - School Age

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Therapist Edwards brings profound insight into the minds of gifted, anxious children in this parent-friendly handbook which combines explanations for odd behaviors with practical tools for helping children navigate their fears, learn self-soothing techniques, and learn to function in a scary world. She explains the asynchronous development of smart kids, in which intellectual ability exceeds physical age, while emotional maturity tracks physical age or lags behind it, leaving children who take a concrete, literal understanding of what they see, hear, and learn, and expand it through higher-level thought processes into fears about topics like death, finances, terrorism, and natural disasters. She advises parents to direct their children away from the triggers of tough topics in family discussions and from the media, giving them only the information that directly affects them, and redirecting their craving for intellectual stimulation into less emotionally charged projects. Fifteen tools for parents and children to use together—like “Square Breathing,” “Worry Time,” and “Naming the Anxiety,” which include explanations of when to use the tool, why it works, how to implement it, and what to expect in response—offer practical approaches to teaching coping skills and emotional competence, and will work well for any child with anxiety. Parents will be comforted by Edwards’s analysis, which frames children’s worrying as a manageable challenge. Agent: Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, Jet Literary Associates. (Sept.)

 
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