Worries are a real issue here, I have 3 little girls that carry around a huge bag of worries every day. After spending another evening listening to baby girl reel off a huge list of anxieties after a massive tantrum, followed by a super tired big girl who told me this morning that she spent all night worrying about a science activity in school today, and tantrums from middle girl before school again, I decided we needed to try something………..
We’ve tried books with social stories about managing emotions, coping with worries, friendships, school, the list goes on.
We’ve tried worry dolls but they didn’t really take to the idea of telling their worries to a toy, no matter how magical I tried to make it sound.
We’ve tried the idea of dream catchers and dream fairies but they didn’t help.
We’ve tried setting aside special time to talk about things each day, they didn’t respond very well to being put on the spot and just made stuff up.
We tried family meetings but they became far to competitive with them each making up things just so they could be the one with the most to say.
So now we’re trying writing them down…………………
So I’ve been shopping today. I’ve bought 3 very pretty little tins, 3 very pretty little note books, some post-it notes and pens (I’ve also put inside their previously tried ‘worry rabbits’). It didn’t cost much money or take much time but if it works then the results could be amazing!
I’m going to suggest they use their box to write down anything they want to show me, they can bring me their boxes or leave them in my bedroom for me to ‘find’. They can also use their boxes to write down worries that they want to sort out themselves (aka throw in the bin) using the post-it notes.
I’d love to hear how you help your child manage their worries or if you have any other idea’s that you think might help us.