I came across this great product for anxious kids called THE WORRY EATER. In Germany they are known as Sorgenfressers and last year over a million and a half of these lovable characters found homes and helped eat worries.
All children have worries or fears. Some are big, some are small, but all of them are very real. Parents do their best to try and help their little ones, but they can’t if they don’t know what the problem is.
Children can write or draw their problems on a piece of paper, secretly if they prefer, and feed it into the mouth of their Worry Eater.
Step 1. Get your child to write down their worries on pieces of paper.
Step 2. Put the pieces of paper into the Worry Eater’s mouth and zip it closed.
Step 3. Encourage your child to “let their worry go” as their Worry Monster eats the worry.
You know your child best- between you and your child you can determine if the worries placed inside their Worry Eater are for sharing with you, or if they would like to keep these worries between themselves and their Worry Eater.
There are many different Worry Eaters for kids to choose from. I purchased “Flint” (pictured below) and he eats lots of worries at my practice. Kids particularly like to take a peek at anonymous worries of other kids. They are always relieved to learn that many other children worry, and that some even have similar fears!
The Worry Eater costs approximately $30.00 CAD and can be purchased on Amazon.