Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kid Konnection: Please Explain "Anxiety" to Me! Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents by Laurie Zelinger and Jordan Zelinger

Please Explain "Anxiety" to Me! Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents by Laurie Zelinger and Jordan Zelinger (Rated: C)
Loving Healing Press
ISBN: 978-1615990290
Published July 23, 2010
Paperback, 40 pages

I was eager to get this book for review and happy that I did. Dr. Laurie Zelinger and son Jordan Zelinger have managed to explain the biological reasons for anxiety in such a simple way that my young children easily understood. My 6-year-old son and even my daughter loved the use of dinosaurs in the explanation, and I thought the comparison to a switch turning on and off was brilliant. The illustrations are also simple, colourful and age-appropriate.

This is a comforting book, both for children and parents. The therapeutic strategies outlined are uncomplicated and effective, and at the end of the book are summarized in the form of rhymes to make them easy to remember. My children quickly associated with some of the situations that can cause anxiety. It made them realize that they are not the only ones to feel that way at times. Throughout the days after I read them this book, my children on different occasions have said to me, “Mom, my switch is on.” I quickly understood what they meant and was happy they recognized how they were feeling. I asked them if they remembered what they could do to alleviate the feeling of anxiety and they did and put some of those solutions to practice.

Best of all, this is an empowering book. Every parent should read it. It is an essential tool to explain what anxiety is to children but most importantly how to deal with it. And in a society where the medical community tends to overmedicate patients, including children, I cannot stress how good it is to read a book to my children that shows them how they can control how they feel. Kudos to the Zelingers!

Every Saturday, Booking Mama hosts a feature called Kid Konnection—a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, visit Booking Mama.

Disclosure: Thanks to Loving Healing Press and for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. I think it's so important that there are books out there like this one. And it sounds like it's pretty effective in explaining anxiety on a child's level. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. -- You must check out all of Maud Hart Lovelace's books. My daughter and I love reading them.

  2. This does sound like a great book for kids as well as parents. I think too many parents don't remember those feelings from their childhood, so they don't handle them that well in their children.


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