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From Worrier to Warrior: A guide to conquering your fears (all ages)

Quick Overview

From Worrier to Warrior, a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior (for parents), is designed to teach you how to conquer the Worry Monster. This book shows you how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. Read the book and learn the strategies yourself, or read along with a parent or other adult. From Worrier to Warrior will teach you how to create your very own “toolbox” of ways to combat fear and anxiety to carry with you and conquer the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, you will be able to overcome whatever challenges come your way!

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Reviewed by Anna Mowat, who works predominantly as part of the All Right? Wellbeing campaign in Otautahi, where she is based. She also delivers Incredible Years parenting courses for the Ministry of Education and is currently working on a Cure Kids research project to create support for parents whose children have emotional regulation issues.

Book Title:From Worrier to Warrior: A guide to conquering your fears

Author: Dan Peters

Date Published: 2013

Problems Addressed: Worry

Suitable for: Aimed at around 8 to 14–year–olds, the explanations and strategies will be useful for kids from around six years old to anyone in adulthood.

Strengths:

From the outset, the tone of the book is super friendly – it’s easy to read, relatable and made me feel supported. The writer, Dr Dan Peters, tells us about his anxiety, he is deeply empathetic and his experience helps to normalise anxiety. It’s a relief to hear others describe their worries when you yourself are a worrier – soon to become warrior.

Easy to digest

Peters leaves no leaf unturned in explaining absolutely everything! But in an easily digestible way – there’s no clinical or academic presence, though of course the foundations certainly are. Peters begins at the biological goings-on moving through to the ways and reasons we worry. It’s very comprehensive but the option is left open to read the lot, or you determine the parts which pertain to you and your kids. He recommends that children get themselves a support team, and as a parent, that will mean you – so I’d suggest you read it with your child, before your child or being available for your child who’s reading it.

The externalisation of anxiety using the Worry Monster helps kids feel like the problem isn’t “them”, it’s this “thing” that they can learn about, understand more completely, begin to and then fully manage. The idea Peters gives that the Worry Monster is a bully, is a great message to start from and work with.

Creating a plan

Peters extensively explains the effects of worry, especially on behaviour. Many children who worry will avoid situations as a means to cope, but he explains why this isn’t such a great strategy and fully details creating a plan to tackle the Worry Monster, so he won’t stop us doing things or going places. I love that these plans start with something a child knows they can manage, then they move their way up to more challenging tasks or situations. It’s a gentle, reassuring approach.

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