The Worry Bug: Coping with Childhood Anxiety

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user chefranden via Creative Commons Attribution License.

Whether it's current events in the news or particular events in a child's life, more and more parents are noticing increased anxiety in their young children. 

Tamar E. Chansky, a psychotherapist who treats anxious children and adults was recently profiled in The New York Times. According to Dr. Chansky, her goal is not to trivialize children’s fears but to help them see that their fears are unwarranted and can be overcome.

Dr. Chansky offered the following Parent Tips for helping children gain control over their anxiety:

- Empathize with your child. Acknowledge the child’s concerns and the effect they have without dismissing them as silly.

- Describe the problem as coming from the part of our brains that jumps to conclusions and cannot be trusted. Give worry a name, like “brain bug” or "worry bug." This takes the focus away from the child’s specific fear and makes anxiety itself the problem.

- Rewire and resist. Ask your child what she is really worried about and what she thinks might happen. Then ask her to check whether these thoughts really make sense. Help her the inner voice that tells worry it is not the boss.

- Teach relaxation techniques that help temper the biological alarm to fight or flee whenever fear takes over. Deep breathing is a great self-help strategy. 

- Help your child focus on what he wants to do and what he would do if worry were not in charge.

- Finally, reinforce your child’s efforts. Praise her for getting through a tough situation.

For parents seeking professional help, there are many local resources:

Child Guidance Center

Family Centers

The Life Solution Center of Darien

The Southfield Center for Development

 

Brand New Audio!

 

The Children's Library just got a huge order of brand new audio - both CDs and Playaways! See if we have your new favorites below!

 

Non-Fiction for 6th Grade & Beyond

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction books for sixth grade and beyond!

Great Non-Fiction For Kids

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages! Just click on the links below:

Kindergarten and First Grade

Second and Third Grade

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade and Beyond

Tween Book Group - March 20th

Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children.

A lively discussion over pizza will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 - 6.

Be sure to check out each month's Tween Book Group!

2013 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.

This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!

The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.

See a full list of winners below!

Youth Media Awards to be Announced on Monday

Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!
Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards will be announced this Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Seibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers). 

Keep an eye on this space for a list of the winning books on Monday morning! 

Have you read all of last year's winners?

Kids Languages - A Brand New Addition to the Children's Library!

All-new Little Pim Playaway Views!
All-new Little Pim Playaway Views!

Come check out a brand-new addtion to the Children's Library collection - our Kids Languages!

Revamped and refreshed with new picture books, new DVDs, new board books, and new Playaway Views, this collection can be found next to to the Children's Computer Lab.

Anyone looking to learn a new language or practice their skills in a language other than English will get much use out of this collection. With materials in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japenese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and ESL and a collection that grows each day, the Kids Languages collection has something for everyone!

Favorite Kids Books of 2012

The Children's Librarians have picked their very favorite books for children published in 2012.

How to Help Kids (and Parents) Cope with Tragedy

Image courtesy of Flickr user qthomasbower
Image courtesy of Flickr user qthomasbower

In light of recent events, many parents and caregivers may be seeking information on talking with children about sensitive topics, looking for signs of mental stress, and wondering about local support services. 

We have created an online guide, Trauma Resources for Children & Familes, dedicated to compiliing web resources, articles, lists of local organizations and mental health services available in Darien. 

 

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