What Do I Do with Worry?

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Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2021

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Do your what-ifs have you worried?  New to the neighborhood, little Willow has some big “what-if” worries. What if the kids don’t like me? What if my new bedroom is scary? Thankfully, Grandma is ready with a plate of cookies and some wise words about how Willow can name her “worry birds” and give them to God.      Authors Dr. Josh and Christi Straub know that today’s children have a lot of real “what-ifs”—about diseases and disasters, friendships and failures, and all-things-growing-up. Willow’s story offers practical lessons to help worry birds fly away. 
 Also available: What Am I Feeling? 
Do your what-ifs have you worried?  New to the neighborhood, little Willow has some big “what-if” worries. What if the kids don’t like me? What if my new bedroom is scary? Thankfully, Grandma is...

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I thought that this book was excellent!

There are a lot of young children out that there do worry and the ideas behind this book to give them a way to take it away were very good.

The book was easy to read and follow and even reading it as an adult I know I had a lot of similar worries when I was that age and wish I'd had a book like this then!

When my daughter is a little older if she has the same worries when she starts school I know what to do and will be getting a copy of the book to keep and read with her again.

It is 5 stars from me for this one, well written, a great approach, wonderful illustrations - very highly recommended!

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This is a cute little book and I think that a lot of people, adults included, can relate to it. Willow worries about everything and has a lot of questions about everything in life (what-ifs). Her grandma teaches her to turn her negative what-ifs into positive what-ifs, and I think it is a beautiful story with a great vision. The illustrations are simple and well-done with vibrant colors.

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What Do I Do with Worry? by Josh Straub, Christi Straub is an engaging story helping support the mental health of children. A common change for many children is moving. This caused Willow to be consumed with crippling anxiety. She worried about everything and kept her unhealthy feelings to herself. By sharing her concerns with her grandmother she was given an excellent analogy and the great advice to release worries to God. Having a biblical approach to addressing anxiety for young elementary school aged children is essential. I am the mother of a child with Autism who learns best from social stories. This book will be referred to frequently and I will also remind him of the excellent strategies learned. The illustrations also cement fully in beautiful detail how to further engage children to address their big emotions in a healthy manner.

I was provided a free advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review from Net Galley. The opinions shared in this review are my own.

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Willow moved to a new home in a new neighborhood and has a lot of worries about it. Willow worries the new kids will not like her, that she won't like her room, and that her parents might be upset with her for worrying so much. I love that this is addressed. I think that people do not realise how much kids fear getting in trouble for voicing their worries.

"Happy thoughts couldn't find much room in her worried-filled mind." This is a very important statement. When happy things happen to those who worry a lot it can be very hard to concentrate on the good when your mind is filled with so many "what if" situations.

Willows grandmother helps Willow understand that it is OK to worry, but once you to address the worry you need to let it go. Willow's grandma gave her a few examples of her own worries then she showed her a few ways to cope with those worries.

A lot of strong feelings and issues were addressed in this book and I thought it was done very well. I feel this book would be great for a wide range of ages. Both my three-year-old nephew and my 10 year old daughter enjoyed reading this book together.

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