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    Description"The most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D. Whether it's the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of "Playful Parenting, " provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety. Offering simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy, Dr. Cohen helps parents - start from a place of warmth, compassion, and understanding - teach children the basics of the body's "security system" alert, alarm, assessment, and all clear. - promote tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort by finding the balance between outright avoidance and "white-knuckling" through a fear - find lighthearted ways to release tension in the moment, labeling stressful emotions on a child-friendly scale - tackle their own anxieties so they can stay calm when a child is distressed - bring children out of their anxious thoughts and into their bodies by using relaxation, breathing, writing, drawing, and playful roughhousing With this insightful resource of easy-to-implement solutions and strategies, you and your child can experience the "opposite" of worry, anxiety, and fear and embrace connection, trust, and joy. Advance praise for "The Opposite of Worry" "Good advice for parents making daily calls to the pediatrician . . . Anxiety is a full-body sport, and Cohen's main advice is not to treat it with words but with actions. . . . Physicality is about living in the present, and for anxious people, the present is a powerful place of healing. Intended for parents of children ages 3 to 15, this book offers anecdotes and fun anti-anxiety games."--"Publishers Weekly" " " "Here's the help parents of anxious children have been looking for! Dr. Cohen's genius is in the warm and generous spirit of the strategies he outlines for parents. He grounds his playful approach in a sound explanation of how anxiety affects children, and how they heal. Parents will come away with plenty of ideas to help them develop their children's confidence. While reading, I found myself thinking, 'I'd like to try that for myself!'"--Patty Wipfler, founder and program director, Hand in Hand Parenting "If you want to understand your child's anxiety--and your own parental worries--you must read Larry Cohen's brilliant book, "The Opposite of Worry." Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D. ""The Opposite of Worry" offers a treasure trove of ideas to help children feel confident and secure. Lawrence Cohen has written a book that will help every parent of an anxious child. He describes the causes and symptoms of childhood anxiety and explains how children can overcome even the most tenacious fears in the context of a loving and playful parent/child relationship."--Aletha Solter, Ph.D., founder, Aware Parenting, and author of "Attachment Play"


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    Title
    The Opposite of Worry
    Subtitle
    The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence J. Cohen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345539335
    ISBN 10: 0345539338
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC E4L: CHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: CF
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27210
    BIC subject category V2: VFX
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    B&T Approval Code: A11441500
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    B&T General Subject: 200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 09
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    B&T Approval Code: A97242400
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    DC23: 649.1
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    LC classification: BF723.A5 C62 2013
    BISAC V2.8: SEL042000
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    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    23 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in children's play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the author of "Playful Parenting "and co-author, with Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and Catherine O'Neill Grace, of "Best Friends, Worst Enemies" and "Mom, They're Teasing Me." Dr. Cohen leads Playful Parenting workshops for parents, teachers, and child-care professionals. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liz. They have two grown children.
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    Advance praise for "The Opposite of Worry" " " "Good advice for parents making daily calls to the pediatrician . . . Anxiety is a full-body sport, and Cohen's main advice is not to treat it with words but with actions. . . . Physicality is about living in the present, and for anxious people, the present is a powerful place of healing. Intended for parents of children ages 3 to 15, this book offers anecdotes and fun anti-anxiety games."--"Publishers Weekly" " " "Here's the help parents of anxious children have been looking for! Dr. Cohen's genius is in the warm and generous spirit of the strategies he outlines for parents. He grounds his playful approach in a sound explanation of how anxiety affects children, and how they heal. Parents will come away with plenty of ideas to help them develop their children's confidence. While reading, I found myself thinking, 'I'd like to try that for myself!'"--Patty Wipfler, founder and program director, Hand in Hand Parenting "If you want to understand your child's anxiety--and your own parental worries--you must read Larry Cohen's brilliant book, "The Opposite of Worry." Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood. This is the most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D. ""The Opposite of Worry" offers a treasure trove of ideas to help children feel confident and secure. Lawrence Cohen has written a book that will help every parent of an anxious child. He describes the causes and symptoms of childhood anxiety and explains how children can overcome even the most tenacious fears in the context of a loving and playful parent/child relationship."--Aletha Solter, Ph.D., founder, Aware Parenting, and author of "Attachment Play" "This book will help yo