Thank you so much for your ongoing support, with all of your help we managed nearly 1000 free downloads of Don’t Feed the Cat. This week, I am so pleased to share the first look of the second book in the series: The Cat is Back.
Following on from Don’t Feed the Cat, this book explores in further detail how children can be feeding their anxieties without knowing. Some of you may know from reading the blogs how constantly reassuring ourselves and looking outwardly for reassurance can continue to feed our worries without us knowing. Through the wonderful illustrations created from Magda, the colourful images accurately depict how the worry habits can grow.
The Cat is Back explores how constantly reminding ourselves that we are ok, by saying “I can do this”, “I’m not worried” in fact shows our brain that we are worried otherwise we wouldn’t have to constantly reassure ourselves. The second way that we can be feeding our worries is by looking outside of ourselves, the example in the book is asking parents, teachers or friends. When in reality, we have to find the safety and security inside ourselves.
All children get anxious at times, it is an important part of their development. With all of the uncertainty around at the moment, some children may be experiencing more worries than usual. For some children, the worries may grow and interfere with their daily life. As parents, teachers and guardians it is our role to teach them how to practically deal with these worries and empower children to lead confident lives. As an adult, it is our instinct to protect and reassure our children as we don’t want them to feel insecure or worried. However, it is important to ensure we have the right tools at our disposal to build their resilience. Distraction is one of the most effective ways we can reduce worries and to support the books, I have created a library of downloads for children to create and use in order to tackle their lion. You can find them here: https://www.sarastevens.co.uk/downloads
To raise awareness of the new book, I will be running a competition for a giveaway and if you could all take the time to like and share to spread the word far and wide I will be incredibly grateful. I couldn’t have done this without your support and I hope you will continue to support me, every like, share and comment is helpful and together we can reach children all over the world. Let’s talk a little more about worries, to each other, to our children and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.
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Praise for Don’t Feed the Cat
Love the illustrations & easy to read & understand, gives you scope to talk about the cat/ lion & helps you make sense of how worry can grow & what you can do to deal with it- brilliant tool.
I have bought this book to use with children at work, this book has been enjoyed by children of all ages and has helped them have a better understanding of what anxiety is and how to deal with it. Great addition to any classroom or for parents who are looking for ways to help their children who are suffering with anxiety.
Thanks for dropping by, stay safe,