Amazon.in:Customer reviews: How To Tame My Anxiety Monster: A parent resource book with children that have trouble dealing with stress & anxiety. A therapist and school counselor ... 6th grade. (Mindful Monster Collection)
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This is a good book for teaching children about how they can tame their anxiety monster. As a parent, I found this book very helpful in making my kids understand what anxiety is and how they can follow the methods given in the book to manage it.
This book is super cute and I love how it’s geared towards our children. Everyone can struggle with anxiety but there are ways to work through it. I enjoyed the strategies inside. My only criticism is the usage of the word “monster” for many children That means something they should fear. Anxiety should not be feared, it’s normal to feel anxiety especially is specific situations.
This story does an excellent job of explaining anxiety in a way that children can understand. I wish books like this existed to help me when I was young, but it’s great to know that kids now have resources like this!
Many books teach children how to utilize positive coping mechanisms to deal with challenging feelings. However, I think “How To Tame My Anxiety Monster” stands out among the pile of other useful resources available because it reads like a children’s story instead of a self-help book, which is more likely to keep young listeners or readers entertained and engaged.
I also like that the author chose not to tell the story in rhyme. By sticking with short sentences and simple words in easy-to-understand language, children will find the content more relatable.
Likewise, the author did an outstanding job describing anxiety in both words and illustrations. It was a genius idea to use a “monster” as a visual aid to represent anxiety. It turned a vague notion of a feeling into a real nemesis for the main character to battle with and eventually tame.
My favorite part of the whole story and an important message that I hope everyone who reads this book will take to heart is the following sentence:
“I am stronger than my monster. Even with him around, I can still do all the things I need to do.”
Anxiety can be managed & controlled even if it never goes away, and I appreciate that the author shows children how they can still have a fun and happy life even with a monster sidekick by their side.
It is so important that children (and also adults) learn that not only them, but (almost) everybody has that little monster anxiety inside them. It feels so good if you can talk about it to someone that understands you, can be such a game shifter for your own life.
I think that the way Melanie Hawkins tells this story is so open up minds. If you learn to know your monster you can make his less scary and in fact very helpful. The most amazing illustrations in the book are beautiful and make the narrative so clear to understand.
As a parent and mental health professional, I love everything about this book! The author does a marvelous job making the complex topic of anxiety relatable and engaging. My kids find the "monster" imagery both fun and easy to understand. I love that the book than goes into detail providing practical ideas and strategies for taming anxiety. The illustrations are really lovely as well! I actually bought this book for a project for work to read over Zoom and then used it in a giveaway. The winning family received this book as well as a few other books related to children's mental health. They sent me an email saying that this book was the fast favorite among their 3 children! Overall, excellent book.
I wish someone told me about anxiety while I was a kid or teenager, since I was really struggling with my own monster for many years. And I am so glad our kids won't be alone facing these monsters as parents are here for them to help, using books like this one. We read it with my daughter, she is 7, the other day and I asked her if she thinks she has a monster like this one visiting her too, and she said that she sometimes felt like that too so we talked a lot about it and will be talking more I am sure. It's really a helpful book and I am happy we got it!