{Giveaway} Go away, Mr Worrythoughts!

Please note this giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Mallory!

I met the author of  “Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!”, Nicky Johnston at the AusMumpreneurs conference in August.  We bumped into each other over a slice of chocolate cake.  

Meeting Nicky has now changed me as a parent.  

Nicky introduced herself as an avid reader of my blog, then started to tell me that she is the author and illustrator of two children’s books “Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!” and “Happythoughts are Everywhere…” . Inspired by her son’s courageous journey dealing with an anxiety disorder, Nicky has created these wonderful, empowering picture story books.

With simple words and beautiful illustrations, Nicky is able to engage with children, helping them learn to manage their own worry thoughts.  The concept of ‘change your thoughts to change your feelings’ is encouraged throughout the stories and in the practical activities outlined at the back of each book.

The day before meeting Nicky I learnt that my Miss 8 was suffering anxiety, prior to this I thought it was just constant bad moods.  She compares herself to her twin brother and friends and has low self esteem.  After listening to Nicky talking about her son’s experience it sounded very similar to what we have been going through.  I purchased these books and my brought them home as a special gift to her.  We read them straight away and she was delighted with what she learnt.  She has become happier and when she feels unhappy she talks to me about how she is feeling.  I have learnt to not react to her bad moods but to help her through them.  We chat alot more and I praise as much as I can.  She has shown everybody that walks through the door her books and with her own initiative started her own little worrythoughts box.   

Go away, Mr Worrythoughts  

“Bayden is an intelligent, confident and courageous boy. Yet, he is often overwhelmed by his worry thoughts. His anxiety makes his life quite unbearable at times.  See how Bayden discovers his superpowers, takes control and is able to live free and happy!  This simple story has been nicely written and illustrate to help and encourage children like Bayden to manage and overcome their anxiety!”

Next week is Mental Health Week (9th – 15th October).  Nicky is very passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in children, helping support parents, teachers and mental health professionals by sharing her journey of dealing with a child suffering an anxiety disorder. Her work in providing helpful information, books and resource is the vision of her new venture “Happy Hero – Helping little worriers find happiness”.

Nicky’s details:

Website  |  Facebook    

Email:  [email protected]     

Giveaway

One signed copy of Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!”, plus an A4 Mr Worrythoughts Poster

RRP $16.95

HOW TO ENTER

  • Like – this blog post using the ‘Like’ button at the bottom of the post; and
  • Like – Go away, ‘Mr Worrythoughts & Happythoughts are everywhere’ facebook HERE; and
  • Leave a comment below about your little worrier.
Entries close midnight Thursday 13th October 2011. Any entries received after this time will not be considered.
 
Terms & Conditions:
  • Winner will be chosen by random.org
  • Maximum of ONE post only per person.
  • Entry comments are to be place on this blog post only, facebook comments are not considered.
  • Winner will be announced at top of this page and via facebook.
  • Open to Australian residents only.

GOOD LUCK!!

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98 comments

Kate P October 7, 2011 - 7:04 AM

My little worrier is my daughter (11) who has been bullied since her entry into kindergarten 🙁 these books sounds brilliant – I will be sure to look them up!

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simone October 7, 2011 - 7:09 AM

My 5 yr old worries about everything, and gets quite distressed if she thinks shes doing something wrong. These books sound fantastic!

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lolita October 7, 2011 - 7:27 AM

My 5yo dd expects so much from herself, and gets so frustrated when she doesnt get something right, its so hard to get her out of her “sad about everything and I’ll never be able to do it mummy!” mood. These books sound like a great idea!

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Robyn October 7, 2011 - 7:54 AM

My children are now grown up but I would LOVE to win these books to give to my nephew and his wife who are struggling SO much with their little worrier son !! They are at their wits end and it would be great to be able to give them some encouragement and a new idea for them to try!

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Ruth October 7, 2011 - 8:01 AM

My dear Mr 5 has always been an anxious little soul. We talk about him being Mr Brave but I think it will be a lifelong journey for him in working to overcome his fears. Our aim is that his anxiety does not hold him back in life.

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Jessica Williams October 7, 2011 - 9:27 AM

these sensitive little souls (yes I have one of own, a very deep thinker who worries too much about everyone and who overthinks everything) are the conscience of our world and they carry that load on their little shoulders, anything we can do to help with that load is a great start and these books sound like a step in the right direction

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katepickle October 7, 2011 - 9:28 AM

I can’t use your FB like button because I don’t use my personal FB profile and stupid facebook won’t let you use a page login to do it. But I wanted to say that these books sound fabulous. One of my twins is a champion worrier. She is sometimes up all night worrying about what seems to be such tiny unimportant things to me, but things that are obviously big and important for her. We’ve done a lot of work using a ‘catastrophe scale’ to help her decide how bad something really is as well as lots of self talk and strategies to help her ‘plan her worries away’ which has helped a lot.

This book sounds fabulous, I’m going to look into getting a copy.

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Christeen October 7, 2011 - 10:39 AM

Hi
Wow, my daughter is exactly like this. She worries about small things and is incredibly hard on herself if she doesn’t succeed at things the first time. None of my friends kids are like this so we thought it was just us. It has gotten worse since the start of school and WE now worry about how she will cope later in life when there really will be hard things to deal with. It is somewhat of a releif that even reading the few comments before me I can see we aren’t the only ones. The books sound great.

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Karen October 7, 2011 - 11:47 AM

Oooh. This also sounds like my daughter. We have learnt to recognise her anxiety by when the fingers head to the mouth and she starts chewing. We have been trying to encourage her out of it, but is hard. She is definitely not a kid who will approach others and clings closely when more outgoing kids approach her.

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Roslyn October 7, 2011 - 3:42 PM

My sister is the little worrier. She has a down syndrome little boy and the combination of his disabillity and her worrying caused her to try and take her own life last year. My children have seen this and don’t understand what an impact mental health has on people and family members around the trauma. I would love to win this to help my kids understand that just by talking to someone, that this can help in so many ways. If I don’t then I would like to commend Nikki Johnson on her tackling of a very difficult situation. My hats off to her.

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Leanne Partridge October 7, 2011 - 9:35 PM

Personally my own children express their worries and concerns throughout their ups and downs in life. But as a family daycare provided I care for young toddlers who start to show concerns and worries very early in life. I think this would be a great resource in helping these little ones with their own little hurdles in life that may come up from time to time.

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Cherie Humphries October 7, 2011 - 9:35 PM

I would love to win a copy just so I could help my children if neccesary I suffer from anxiety when I worry/stress gets the better of me.. I can feel when Im anxious now and am able to control it a little bit. The books seems like a great read

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Mum2four October 7, 2011 - 9:36 PM

Thanks for this! My son struggles with anxiety, and compares himself to his 3 sisters. He acts the clown to try and cover / hide his worries.

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Debbie October 7, 2011 - 9:43 PM

These books sound fantastic. Anxiety is something my Miss 6 has been battling for awhile – part personality and part position in the family.

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Alicia Manning October 7, 2011 - 9:45 PM

You could be describing my seven year old with the ‘bad moods’ comment. She has seperation issues with me and worries about a lot of things. I will be getting these books, thanks.

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Julie October 7, 2011 - 9:45 PM

I would love to win one of these books for my 8 year old daughter to help her understand members of her family(in particular her cousin and MYSELF) and members of her class who have anxiety problems. Sounds like it would be explained in a helpful way.

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Heather October 7, 2011 - 9:48 PM

I have 2 sons with anxiety….and they both show it in very different ways. My 12 yr old is very emotional, where as my 9 year old becomes very frustrated and acts out and becomes naughty. They both have issues with sleep at times, but with help from a fantastic psychologist, they are working hard and are making huge improvements.I know this will be a lifelong condition as my husband also suffers from anxiety, but by tacking the issues while they are young, I hope they will have the tools in life to tackle any future problems.

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Casey October 7, 2011 - 9:49 PM

Oh how I wish these books were available to me when I was young. As someone who lives with GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) I would have benefited from something like this greatly. I also have two small children and want them to grow up with confidence and an ability to tackle any anxiety they may experience. Maybe with a tool like this I might be able to help give them the tools I wish I had had.

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Taryn Franklin October 7, 2011 - 9:51 PM

My family has a history of anxiety disorders and unfortunately my children look as though they are also developing anxiety. My daughter worries about alot of things. These books look like a fantastic resourse and would be a great help to helping her overcome her worries.

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Steph October 7, 2011 - 9:53 PM

Just these last few days I’ve noticed my little ‘feeler’, miss almost four, become more anxious and worried about things and her inability to express he worries with words leaves her breaking down emotionally. Oh the tears! I’d love the book to be able to help her fond a way to express how she’s feeling because I’m just not sure what words to use to help her become more confident and unafraid of h worries:)

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Katie Walkerden October 7, 2011 - 9:55 PM

My beautiful 8yr old daughter has had anxiety for some time, she suffers from encopresis and although she is on the mend, concerns herself with silly little things, building them into a major issue. This book sounds so wonderful and what a fantastic way to look at the half full cup!

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Elaine Vail October 7, 2011 - 9:56 PM

I have two daughters, 12 & 8, who worry a lot. My oldest does seem to have an anxiety disorder, although it’s not yet been diagnosed. This sounds like a very helpful book!

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VANESSA October 7, 2011 - 9:57 PM

I smiled as read your blog above and learned of the books written by Nicky Johnston. Both of my children (Miss 10 and Mr 8) suffer from Anxiety and my son has Aspergers. Our daily life presents us with all sorts of challenges and our psychologist uses the term Mr Worry when helping them to overcome their anxious feelings. We are relocating at the end of the year from Sydney to Melbourne and I’m sure Mr Worry will be rearing his ugly head over the next few months. I think I must obtain these books for our library. We need all the help we can get!

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Amie lee Addsion October 7, 2011 - 10:03 PM

My lil worry wort is my three year old son he worries about the weather the time he has to be asleep at night how long his brothers will be away at school .As a mother with general anxiety disorder i try tell keep him grounded and centred back to happy thoughts but as a worrier myself its jsut natural to worry bout his poor lil mind but im sure we will work toward him being carefree xo

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Dani Neale October 7, 2011 - 10:11 PM

I work in childcare and I think a book like this would be a great addition to my class, we have storytime everyday and they are avid listeners!! I have many little worriers and though their worries are small to us, they mean a lot to them and this would be a great resource for them. I would love to win this book! Goodluck to everyone and i hope this giveaway will help a little worrier out there! 🙂

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Gael Macpherson October 7, 2011 - 10:12 PM

Oddly enough, just tonight my 4 year old beseiged me at bedtime with questions about some of the bible stories from sunday school. I guess it’s easier for us grown-ups to just see the message from those stories, but he clearly has been worrying about some of the things that happened in the stories.

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Camilla October 7, 2011 - 10:13 PM

My 4 year suffers from anxiety and we often don’t know how to help him express his worries. He uses phrases he learns from stories but at the moment all he has are “sad words”.

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Toni Olsen October 7, 2011 - 10:14 PM

My little man who is 5 starts school next year.He currently get so worked up when i have to leave him for daycare.The anxiety starts the night before and he gets himself so sick.These books sound awesome and something i will look into getting.

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Holly Clarke October 7, 2011 - 10:34 PM

It does seem that 5 year olds do worry. My little man has anxiety over all sorts of things and I am starting to think these books may be our saviour. He has separtion anxiety (we are not looking forward to school next year but dont tell him that of course), he is scared of the dark and stesses way too much. His sister has been diagnosed with aspergers and suffers anxiety also. We are finding the behaviours with our son challenging and have tried everything we know of (including professional advice)to help with our situation. He still comes to our bed because he is scared, sad or lonely every night and we put him back everytime, several times a night. He cries when either my husband or I go to work even though one of us is home and as for kinder well thats a disaster! Fingers crossed for Prep 2012!

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Judy Cheretis October 7, 2011 - 10:34 PM

I really need to read this, ASD diagnosed, having problems 🙁

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Roslyn October 7, 2011 - 10:48 PM

As a teacher, I come across worriers every school day. Their worries may be trivial to some but they are all encompassing to the children. It would be great to give them some tools to deal with dealing with worry.

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Tansey October 7, 2011 - 10:58 PM

I have a 5yo son who has always been a sensitive little soul. He has trouble using hid words when he has trouble with something, so he cries instead. It would be great to help him learn to express himself and try to help him through life’s obstacles!

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Mick October 7, 2011 - 11:09 PM

What an amazing idea to create such a helpful tool for those of us whose children suffer so needlessly

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Cathy October 8, 2011 - 12:45 AM

About time! Fantastic concept. As a singer, we use songs to help express emotions & opem conversations about feelings. This will be a wonderful complement.

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Karen semple October 8, 2011 - 2:27 AM

Hi
I am a guidance counsellor who works in schools. I am passionate about working with children who have high anxiety! I find picture books are invaluable in teaching children strategies on how to feel better! I would love to read this book and use it in my work with children!

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Haylie October 8, 2011 - 4:44 AM

I can’t wait to get my hands on these books. My daughter is a sweety and stresses out way too much about things going on in her life. Although I mostly listen and only give advice when she asks for it, I wish I could help her more.

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Deanne Pell October 8, 2011 - 5:57 AM

My very intelligent 6 year old is a very anxious worrier! Sometimes he expects so much of himself and others and he doesn’t understand why it doesn’t always happen the way he thinks it should. He always has so many thoughts running around in his head. Too many for a little boy. I would love something to help him learn coping skills. These books sound like just the thing we are looking for!

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kerry santillo October 8, 2011 - 6:25 AM

Worry worry go away
happiness is here to stay,
a beautiful book
would love to take a look !!
thanks for a chance. 🙂

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Lucym October 8, 2011 - 6:46 AM

My gorgeous 5 year old suffers from terrible anxiety. It also comes across as bad moods & behavior. It is breaking my heart as I also suffer from anxiety & depression. I would love some tools to help her.

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Lori October 8, 2011 - 7:41 AM

My 5yo takes after me I think! She worries about things, especially at school, and always expects the worse case scenario. If something even minor happens at school she is too worried to go the next day thinking that something worse will happen.

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Chantal Williams October 8, 2011 - 7:49 AM

How wonderful that an Australian author has written such a meaningful and helpful book. I would love to win a copy for my little worrier 😉

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Donna October 8, 2011 - 8:38 AM

I would absolutely love your book. My little girl is always worried about things. I know she is a bright little girl, but at school she has trouble finishing her work or answering questions, just in case she is wrong. I just wish she would stop being a Miss Worrythoughts.

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K Dwyer October 8, 2011 - 8:52 AM

My boyfriend has three special little boys that lost their mum. This book would help them immensely.

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Michelle October 8, 2011 - 9:04 AM

My daughter is 9 and reading this is like a lightbulb going off. I’d never considered that this might be my daughters problem even though I suffer from a depressive disorder and have full blown anxiety attacks myself. My poor little darling has been like this for quite sometime and now I think I know why :'(

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Kylie October 8, 2011 - 9:35 AM

I have six children, all at sometime have experienced anxiety. Unfortunately it can become a challenge to manage and help them through. I would love this for my friends 5 Yr old daughter. Before doing most daily tasks or anything really, noises need to be explained then all the what if’s & how comes need to be satisfactory to her and then if things don’t go how she has expected they would it can be quite a challenge to calm her! She is improving with hard work and understanding, a book like this could be read by her and she can internalize things herself while reading then go from there.

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JB Perth October 8, 2011 - 9:43 AM

Thanks for sharing this site. I have been looking for a book to help Master 4, after a traumatic hospital visit, he has developed anxiety and has trouble getting control over his mood swings.

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Jill Hobbin October 8, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Our DD, Miss 6, is a little worrier. It breaks my heart to see how upset (and worried) she can become over different situations that have happened or how she worries about what ‘might’ happen in the future. I guess after much consideration… I have come to realise that she is much the same as I was as a child. I was (and to a certain extent stil am) a worrier and she has taken on similar characteristics… maybe this book will be able to enlighten us both and we will be able to send those thoughts packing!! <3

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Naomi October 8, 2011 - 12:21 PM

I have a little worrier who gets concerned about the weather, when something doesn’t turn out the way he wants, and life in general.

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Annie October 8, 2011 - 1:44 PM

Our adorable Mstr 7 is our little worrier. We would love to read these books with him and help him to turn his worry thoughts to happy feelings 🙂

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Natasha Faulkhead October 8, 2011 - 1:45 PM

all these comments are oh so familiar,and the funny thing is that i never realised that my challenging Mr 10’s acting out was anxiety!!I feel sooo relieved that i now have somewhere to work from thankyou,thankyou,thankyou!!!

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Ruth B October 8, 2011 - 2:00 PM

I work with Special Needs children and have several with anxiety issues who have great difficulty fitting in with school routines. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to help these troubled children to reach their potential.

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Lea Pettett October 8, 2011 - 2:54 PM

My little worrier who was diagnosed with anxiety has grown into a big worrier who is 20 this year. I wish we had this available to us then. I now have a 6 year old and want to ensure he does not develop the same worrying patterns our other 2 children have.

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JUlie C October 8, 2011 - 2:59 PM

My little worrier was bullied at Day care about 2 years ago, even though he was helped with positive roll playing and removed from that centre to a better one – he still brings it up.
Makes me soooooooooo made at the staff for not punishing the bully and making my son suffer.

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Michele Hill October 8, 2011 - 3:11 PM

Would be a great resource for working with children with anxiety thanks

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Leila October 8, 2011 - 4:43 PM

My Mr 3 is a worrier, he worries about everyday things, unusual things and those that just spring up.

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Mallory October 8, 2011 - 7:31 PM

Master 5 has been a worrier since he could express himself. At DayCare he always woke when other’s cried. Always checked on others when he could move and always asks after others when he could talk. He still cries about my Grandfateher passing away 2 years ago, now. I have tried so many things, but am starting to wonder if a psychologist is the answer.

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Bel October 8, 2011 - 8:16 PM

My beautiful little girl (now 3) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 22 months old. Her loving big brother, 5 years old worries about her and asks questions about her health all the time! I would love a happy thoughts book to read to them!

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Stacey October 9, 2011 - 1:51 AM

Wow, I wish books like these were available when I was growing up. I read everything when I was little to understand the world. But I was a worrier then and a worrier today. I hope to be able to break that cycle with first bub on the way.

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MelFenech October 9, 2011 - 7:00 AM

I never thought about my daughter in this way but thankyou Organised Housewife for not only making my house ‘less cluttered’ but for opening my eyes to this problem and show me a great way to go about it!

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Tracy Williams October 9, 2011 - 8:49 AM

I have a feeling this could be an issue for one of my children and I think they get it from me 🙁 Would love to read more about it and help them (and me? lol) 🙂

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Erin October 9, 2011 - 11:06 AM

Miss 4 is a worrier (who gets it from her mum). In trying to help her manage her worries, I am also aware that my biggest challenge is modelling it with my own worries!

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Beth Mitchell October 9, 2011 - 1:47 PM

my worrier is my 5yr old son. I wish that I could help him smile more and be happier! The book sounds great!

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Bec October 9, 2011 - 7:30 PM

I am currently separating from my husband, and we have 2 boys aged 3 and 5. I approached a childhood psychologist in preparation of breaking this news to the boys, and she really emphasized the need to talk openly about feelings. Though the boys are not displaying any negative behaviour associated with these circumstances, I am sure this resource would enable us to prepare them as best we can, instill some resilience in them, and assist them as best we can through this transition.

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Jasmine Shea October 9, 2011 - 7:32 PM

This is truly my DS9. I have bought another book suggested by a psychologist which was worthwhile but I have still been looking for other books that can help both him, and me. Just to remind him he is not alone and that we can help him through it. It has all stemmed from bad experiences at school unfortunately so it is something we are continually working on.
Even if I didn’t win this book, I will certainly be heading off to buy a copy.

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E. October 9, 2011 - 8:29 PM

Girl Child (8) is a worrier and a perfectionist. She won’t try some things in case she doesn’t get it right first time. I know I worry a lot. It’s sad that my kids have got it from me.

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kathleen Goldsmith October 10, 2011 - 1:30 PM

My 4 and a half year old daughter is becoming increasingly distressed about having to do things perfectly. If she doesn’t think she can do it right she flat refuses to do it or gets very upset. She had recently also started asking after a favorite toy she lost 12 months ago and becomes very distressed reliving it over and over.

She is so emotional and angry at times, I really am at a loss!!!

Feeling very concerned about her recent behavior and these books would be great to read.

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Sophie October 10, 2011 - 2:29 PM

I think all 5 of my children need to read these 2 books! I know it runs in the family. Thanks Nicky and Katrina!

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Sarie October 10, 2011 - 8:47 PM

It think this would help both my older boys, though my middle son is certainly the most concerned. He stresses a lot and becomes very cranky as a result. I would love to read these with them

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Linda Addison October 10, 2011 - 8:48 PM

My little worrier is my sisters little boy. He is two years old and is starting to become distressed at anything that is a little out of the ordinary – loud noises, dark rooms etc etc. His aunty (me) would love to help.

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Helen Muller October 10, 2011 - 8:51 PM

My son is almost 8 and he is showing that he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. I, myself suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so it is worrying to see slight signs of this in my son too. I think these books would be great for him to read and help him understand things.

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Renee October 10, 2011 - 8:57 PM

My nearly 5yr old is such an old soul. He worries about everything, especially his little brother and me. I often have to reassure him that he doesn’t have to worry about things as it seems he has the wait of the world on his shoulders. These books look great!

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Fleeton Family October 10, 2011 - 9:01 PM

I am sorry to say that i am a worrier. I am concerned about every aspect of my world and sadly, the apple does not fall far from the tree…. as my little miss 5 year old is the same if not worse…
We have recently moved from the city to the country and now instead of being concerned about day care issues, choice of clothing and her hair styles, she has taken on worrying about the cows in the back paddock, if the chickens have laid the eggs yet, if we have enough water in the tank so she can have a big bath, and if the mice will get under the door and eat out food…
Far to much concern and worry for a little person, which i tell her daily but i cant get to her stop… She had a big heart and with heart, comes worry!!!!

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Elissa October 10, 2011 - 9:18 PM

My 5 year old daughter is a sensitive soul too. We went out together and bought a little worry doll for her that she keeps under her pillow at night and it has helped a great deal. I am very interested in grabbing a copy of this book, what a great idea!

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Sonia Hay October 10, 2011 - 9:18 PM

My 8 year old son is a very fussy eater, has a fear of trying new foods and is always putting himself down and calls himself stupid because he thinks he isn’t like other kids. These books s sound wonderful!

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Vanessa Young October 10, 2011 - 9:32 PM

My little worrier is my 6 year old grand daughter, Chloe. She has Austism Spectrum Disorder but can read and understand books. Her anxiety is becoming more severe and her world is shrinking as a consequence. She used to LOVE K Mart but something frightened her there so she can’t go anymore, no more Coles when it is too busy etc. Stories are an excellent way of communicating with ASD and I will be buying the story, if I win I will donate it to Chloe’s classroom.

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Jacinta October 10, 2011 - 9:33 PM

My 7 year old son has always worried about things that a kid shouldn’t be worrying about. From the thought of sleeping over, even on holidays with us, to trying anything new, to not wanting to go in a friends car because the inside is the wrong colour. We try to help him to not miss out on all the fun things he avoids, but some stratagies to help would be fantastic

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Nicole October 10, 2011 - 9:52 PM

What an inspiration is the writer, helpig children through her own experience. My 9 yo girl and 6 yo boy are both sensitive souls and manage their worries in very different ways. Like a lot of children they worry about different things in their lives and it is important to help them deal with these worries effectively. Communication with children through stories is an excellent way to help them and relay important messages that they will hold with them for many years to come. Congratulations to Nicky on a great idea and I wish her every success with her book.

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Jessie Boan October 10, 2011 - 10:55 PM

My worrier is my ever-cautious, overthinking 5yo son. He has difficulties trying new things, or anticipating new experiences due to his thought patterns. Having worked as a mental health practitioner (with adults) before having kids, I would love to share this book with my own son, and others I seem to meet all the time. This is the first time I have seen such a resource for children, yet such an important skill to teach even the youngest. Thanks for the chance.

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Mardi October 10, 2011 - 11:09 PM

For a 5 and 7 yo little ones with unnecessary worries, hopefully to help with better sleep.

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Rebecca October 10, 2011 - 11:18 PM

Isn’t it funny how when you have children, you see traits about yourself that you dislike become apparent in your precious child’s personalities. For years I tried to tell myself that I am not a worrier…. until my son (now 4)began showing signs of anxiousness and frustration. It has been very confronting to admit to myself that this trait is mine and I need to help my son learn to live with and manage this part of his otherwise beautiful personality before it impacts his self esteem. If I don’t win these books, I will buy them! Perhaps they will teach this old girl something too!

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Kirra October 11, 2011 - 12:57 AM

Very helpful, and very necessary. Hope the sales are massive, and that there is a corresponding awareness increase. Best of luck!

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Jenn October 11, 2011 - 1:44 PM

I love my little worrier to bits. I also worry that talking with others about her and her worries can sometimes make them bigger for her (and for me too). Im always looking for ways to address whats necessary and help her move through what I hope is a stage (albite a long one) rather than a permanent disposition. Its great to see these sort of resources out there.

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sandie October 11, 2011 - 4:58 PM

always so great to find a new resource to help not only my little worrier, but to help this big worrier from worrying about finding ways to help him.

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My:-) October 11, 2011 - 9:35 PM

My little worrier has turned me into a big worrier!

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Nicky M October 12, 2011 - 7:13 AM

My little worrier (7 years old) is just like his mum, I want to break the cycle! Last Friday, at School, he was told that he would be having the relief Teacher for the next two weeks. This relief teacher shouts a lot and scares him, so he cried after school, and every now and then over the weekend when it popped back into his mind. On Monday he came home with an award from this scary teacher for being well behaved in class, which resulted in a toy (as promised by Mum for rewards). If he hadn't have had that teacher, he would not have got an award and therefore would not have a new pack of Mighty Beanz which he is playing with right now!!!

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Cass October 12, 2011 - 12:30 PM

My son has recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, so this book would be perfect for him.

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Emma Luscombe October 12, 2011 - 10:19 PM

My little worrier is quite a big worrier really! The eldest of 5 she takes every little thing onboard and stresses herself out a lot! Recently I've discovered several of my friends also have kids suffering from anxiety and it is great to know that there are books and other resources out there that can help our 'worriers'!

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Shelley October 12, 2011 - 11:00 PM

My 4 yo has an anxious personality (like his mum) so this book would be helpful for both of us.

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Kristy May 3, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Hi Katrina, I stumbled across this page by exploring your office organisation tips! I have been toying with the idea that my Miss 6 may suffer from anxiety and low self esteem as opposed to the idea that she is in a continuos bad mood, she also compares herself to her siblings and friends in a way that seems excessive. Thanks for this post, it has prompted me to look into it futher.

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Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:44 AM

Honesly Kristy, I wasn’t aware she was suffering anxiety either until I was talking to Nicky (author of Go Away Mr Worrythoughts) about a particular characteristic she was showing and once I realised she had anxiety I was surprised that I had overlooked it as it then was obvious. But you just don’t realise that kids can suffer it too. I hope the books help your miss 6.

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Dawn May 3, 2012 - 10:21 AM

It is encouraging to know that I am not the only parent dealing with a child who suffers anxiety. My 13yo has clinical anxiety, and it’s always been that way … high school made it so bad that the school thought she was autistic! Very grateful to read about this author, and I will seek out her books ASAP!

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Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:41 AM

Her books area wonderful and have truly helped to make a difference. It wasn’t until i read these books the real reasons behind her behaviours.

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Dawn May 4, 2012 - 10:34 AM

I should clarify … this is nothing new, and she is also on the autism spectrum in a mild sort of way. Thankfully my family is excellent about it, and the school receives funding and she is supported in a spectacular fashion! I’ve been dealing with 2 kids on the spectrum for a long time, and other parents often ask my advice … it would be great to point them toward these books 🙂

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Alexis Inns May 4, 2012 - 10:05 AM

Mr 8 in our house goes to bed every night worrying about dieing and if he is going to wake up. I never gave it a thought that he might be suffering from anxiety. I think a need to get myself a copy of this book, to help me and him. Thanks

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Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:18 PM

ooh the poor little man, hard thoughts to have before sleeping. The books may help

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Bree May 4, 2012 - 10:11 AM

My 7 year old suffers anxiety, he suffers a but at school at the hands of a bully and often also compares himself to others negatively, I would love to get my hands on these books do I can help him deal with this

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Gab Krueger May 4, 2012 - 11:36 AM

My 4 year old son is a worrier. he often expresses being worried about something or other most days – be it something he saw on a cartoon, if the sun will come up tomorrow or not, something from day care, that we will run out of bananas … the list is never ending. Being a single mother, i find it really hard to help him through these feelings and try and process them in a postive way, without just dismissing his feelings as irrelevant – this is not something i want to do!
So, having said that – I would be VERY keen to get a hold of these books and make them a part of our routine!
Cheers
Gab

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Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:19 PM

Ooh he’s so young, but great it you can help him through it now. The books are beautifully illustrated so he will certainly enjoy them

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