Friday, July 19, 2019

The Best Books About Anxiety That Every Parent of an Anxious Child Should Read

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You'll want to read these books about anxiety as a way to better understand your anxious, worried child.

Knowing how to help an anxious child is challenging, especially when you toss other diagnoses into the mix like autism or hyperlexia or sensory processing.

But I'm a huge advocate of using books to better educate oneself. It's actually one of the first things I suggest to parents when their child is first diagnosed (or their child is awaiting diagnosis).

And if people ask me a question about, well, basically anything, I often have a book or article suggestion that I'll recommend alongside my advice.

So if you've been struggling to understand how to help your anxious child like I have been, then you'll love this list of books about anxiety for parents.

Every book on this list is something that I have personally read myself. So if you feel like I'm missing one on this list, it's probably because I haven't read it yet! As with all of my book lists, I will add new favorites as I read them.

Good books about anxiety for parents of anxious teens and kids

Books on Anxiety for Parents

1. Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children
By Reid Wilson & Lynn Lyons

I started this book and it was so good that I told my husband to make it the next audiobook for his bike rides to and from work. Well, then he happened to finish it before I did and was like, "We should really have a physical copy of this book to utilize all the suggestions." Little did he now, I had already ordered a physical copy from Indigo and it was on its way when he made this comment.

My husband has actually the first one to dive right and start implementing the strategies with our son. Yep, even before I could finish the book!

So yeah, this book is my top pick for the anxiety books. If you could only read one book from this list, then make it this one. It is mom and dad approved!

2. Why Smart Kids Worry: And What Parents Can Do to Help
By Allison Edwards

So many people recommended this book to me and it came highly reviewed so I was expecting big things when I finally read it. Well, it lived up to the hype! It is so good!

Not only does it help you understand anxiety in your children, but it gives you practical tools to try.

Highly recommend this book!

3. What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
By Dawn Huebner

Although I had heard of this book before, I never checked it out until J's psychologist introduced us to this workbook. She worked through it with him and we still use tons of the strategies and ideas that he worked on with her using this book. It's a really great book!

Someone referred to this book as the tomato book to me (notice the cover) and I lovingly refer to it as such since then haha

4. Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety, and Anger
By Janine Halloran

I had this book on my to read list for a long time...then I went to a childhood anxiety presentation/workshop and this book was on the book list. It is really great and has tons of great strategies to try (like the book title suggests!).

And fun fact: my blog is listed as a recommended resource at the end of the book. That was a neat surprise!

5. Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think, and Do with Anxious, Angry, and Over-the-Top Kids
By Lynne Kenny & Wendy Young

I found out about this book in the resources mentioned at the end of the Coping Skills for Kids Workbook mentioned above. And I have to tell you that this book is so beautiful inside! It also comes with cards that you can cut out and keep handy at all times.

This book will help you adjust your own mindset and reframe your child's anxious behavior. It is also chock-full of practical strategies and helpful phrases to say to help your anxious child.

Honestly, I felt like there were more than 50 strategies in this book!

6. Anxiety Mapping for Kids: 50 Keys to Managing Anxiety in Children
By Kim Keenan

This book is a quick read and has lots of awesome practical coping strategies and ideas to try. Unfortunately, the book that accompanies the website doesn't work (at least at the time I read this book), which is too bad because it was supposed to have lots of supplemental resources. And that makes me one sad panda...

Other Anxiety Resources You'll Love

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