During this time of uncertainty as parents, carers and teachers we need to arm ourselves with the right tools in order to build our young people’s resilience. For children who weren’t prone to worries and anxieties before, the complete shift in their daily life may impact them emotionally. As an adult you can feel the changes and the pressures, for children this will be even bigger. The difference is, they may not be able to articulate it.
Don’t Feed the Cat is a fantastic tool for parents, teachers and carers to use that will help children understand their worries but more importantly give them the right tools in order to deal with it. When taking care of young people, our first instinct is to reassure them that everything is fine and tell them not to worry. However, this may not be helping, in fact it may be feeding the worries, compounding them in their mind and restricting them to be able to speak about it.
The parents and teachers that have read this book have found it valuable in understanding anxiety and adapted how they approach children’s worries. We cannot stop worries from coming and going, but we can empower children to build their own personal confidence and resilience in unprecedented situations like the one we are in now.
To help as many parents, teachers and children I am offering the book free on Kindle download. You can get it here.
I would like to ask you to share this among your family and friends, communities and help get this book in front of every child that needs it.
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Remember, all the downloads to help with the distraction technique are available on my website here: https://www.sarastevens.co.uk/downloads
I have received some lovely feedback from teachers and parents about the book:
Sara has a wealth of knowledge and tried and tested techniques, which I’m sure will help some of our children and families.
About the book
The book has a clear, fun and reassuring analogy that enables you and your child to gain that deeper understand of how the mind forms worry habits and how to break them. Feeding the cat will be feeding on your anxiety! But watch out, as the bigger he gets, the more anxious you get! until he has turned into a massive lion. Not feeding the cat is a unique resource to help children and young people understand worry habits and anxiety finding ways to manage them. Also, the book allows the child to truly know that you do understand how they are feeling as well as enabling your child to feel they have the new knowledge and techniques to self-empower them to change. The book has educational metaphors that allow the parent/teacher to start important conversations with the child. There are also cognitive-behavioural techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised worries and anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards positive change.
This book shows you and your child how to truly understand what will reduce the worries and anxiety habits, plus more importantly what your child could be doing to increase the anxieties.
The book can help with panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, school anxiety, generalised anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book clearly helps children to understand why they get anxious and how they can stop feeding their anxiety habits. It is also an ideal anxiety management resource for those working with young people, including mental health practitioners, social workers, teachers, hospital staff and youth workers. If you would like to read more about your mind and anxiety and find extra ways to support and help adults and children with anxiety you can read the full cat series here.
The second book The Cat is Back is launching March 2020 and the two others in this series will be out over the next few months. These are The Cat Lives on and I Can’t See The Cat.
It’s more important than ever to take care of one another now. Together, we are stronger. Together we will come out stronger.
Stay safe, well and take care.
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