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Author: Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781452685298
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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, PhD, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Opposite of Worry is an informative resource for parents and other family members. The book is easy to read, comprehensive and notable for its many practical suggestions.”

    New England Psychologist

  • This book will help you calm the storm of worrying that floods so many children and teens. Take these hard-earned lessons and make them your own. Peace and clarity in your family are just pages away! Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., co-author of The Whole-Brain Child
  • “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

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About the Author

Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in children’s play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the author of Playful Parenting and coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing; Best Friends, Worst Enemies; and Mom, They’re Teasing Me.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of numerous Earphones and Audie Awards, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013 and he has been named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.