We live in a chaotic and often unpredictable world, so it's only natural for you and your child to have anxieties. But seeing your child cry, cling to you, or even use aggression to avoid his or her own fears and worries may cause you to worry even more, trapping both of you in a cycle of anxiety and fear.
You can interrupt this cycle with the proven-effective mindfulness and acceptance skills taught in this book. Drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy, Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance offers a new way to think about your child's anxiety, as well as a set of techniques used by child psychologists to help children as young as four let go of anxious feelings and focus instead on relationships with friends, learning new things in school, and having fun. You'll learn these techniques, use them when you feel anxious, and teach them to your child. With practice, you both will let go of anxious feelings and your child will find the confidence to enjoy being a kid.
Christopher McCurry, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of childhood anxiety. He is a clinical assistant professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Washington... Read more
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor and director of clinical training in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of forty-one books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on... Read more
"McCurry breaks new ground by applying acceptance and commitmenttherapy to the treatment of anxiety disorders in children. His approach isbased on solid principles and offers understandable and practical guidelinesto help parents treat this common but often misunderstood condition." - James T. Grimm, MD, MPH, child psychiatrist in Eugene, OR
"This book is a tremendous contribution to parents who want to help theirchildren with the spectrum of anxieties that can hinder optimal development.McCurry provides a whole range of techniques that parents can use tohelp their children accept and handle anxious feelings that can cripple themin their daily lives. He is a stellar guide to this new and exciting approach.Without a doubt, this book will be valuable to parents and therapists alikewho want to help build children's social and emotional competence througheffective management of anxiety." - Laura Kastner, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Universityof Washington
"For years I've looked in vain for books on acceptance-based strategies for anxious children and their parents. McCurry's book was well worth the wait. His crystal clear writing, sprinkled with humor and touching self-disclosure,makes techniques such as validation and mindfulness immediately understandable and accessible. As a scientist-practitioner, I'm impressed with McCurry's thoughtful consideration of current developmental research in the formulation of his clinical model and recommendations. The book contains many useful and concrete strategies for helping parents to regulate their own thoughts and feelings in order to help their child stand up to anxiety." - Matthew L. Speltz, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and chief of outpatient psychiatry services at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, WA
"This book is an awesome and timely parent resource for those seeking tohelp their anxious child be positive, strong, and happy in this age of economicand social uncertainty. McCurry's extensive professional backgroundclearly shines through as he helps parents understand and intervene whentheir anxious child is in need." - Steve Curtis, Ph.D., NCSP, child clinical psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, and author ofUnderstanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior