Don’t Feed The Cat

Seeing your child suffer with anxiety is a difficult experience. And knowing how to lessen a child’s worries without invalidating their feelings can be even harder.

That’s why I use the cat analogy when helping children (and grown-ups) learn how to overcome anxiety. The cat is a small worry that, when fed, grows into something big, scary, and unmanageable – the lion! 

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Don’t Feed the Cat is a book for children who worry. It’s also for parents, carers, teachers, and healthcare professionals to use as a tool to empower children, helping them conquer their anxiety and take control of their thoughts. 

This tried and tested method helps children realise they have the power to stop the lion in its tracks and enjoy each day as it comes.

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6 Ways Anxiety Shows in Children

Anxiety in children can manifest in a number of ways:

Refusal Refusing to go to school or take part in extra curricular activities.

Tantrums Extreme behaviour when told ‘no’ or during schedule changes.

Shyness Extreme shyness around both familiar and unfamiliar people.

Control An extreme desire to be in control both at home and school.

Aches & Pains Frequently complaining of headaches or stomach ache.

Nightmares Often dreams of getting hurt or losing loved ones.

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