The Worry Eater – Great gift for your little worrier!

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.

The Yellow Light Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HUGE thank you to The Yellow Light Project for donating one of their awesome anxiety packs to Aubrey Psychological Services. The Yellow Light Project is a Kelowna-based community organization helping kids under the age of 12 to stay in the yellow zone. The organization was started by a Janine Rayburn, a mom who has a young son with anxiety. Janine is raising money though her Go Fund Me page to help continue to make these packages available to children in the Okanagan who need them. Below is Janine’s story:


My son suffers from anxiety. So much so he wanted to end his life. He just had his ninth birthday. We were told in the hospital that there’s stages to anxiety. Kids need help when they are in the yellow zone because once they hit the red zone they become impulsive, defiant and have one way thinking, suicide is their out. We were told that putting together a pack of little things he could play with when he feels he’s in the yellow zone could help him not go to the red zone. So we did. He now brings it everywhere. No it’s not a solution and we still have so much work to do. But for right now, it works. We feel like other kids can benefit from these packs. That is what this project is about. Putting together these packs and giving them out to kids in our community that are suffering from anxiety. Thank you for all your love and support. We are in this together.


Thank you Janine for creating this wonderful initiative in honour of your son.

Make Your Own Worry Dolls

Children’s Worries

Some kids worry all the time, most kids worry some of the time. The worst time for worries tends to be the same for adults and kids: at night! Just like you, kids worry about all kids of things, such as doing well in school, making friends, fitting in, and something bad happening. They also worry when there are changes in family dynamics such as welcoming a new baby, parents arguing or getting a divorce, family member getting sick, etc.

It is difficult to disengage from worries, especially at night. Kids don’t always understand their emotions and very young children have little to no coping strategies. Often, it’s up to parents and caregivers to make sure our kids know that everyone worries and that there is a way to end worrying. One way to get your kids talking about their worries is by using a worry doll.

What is a Worry Doll?

Worry Dolls are originally tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. The dolls are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes and stand one-half to one inch tall.

Guatemalan artisans use twigs or short lengths of wire to create a frame and wind cloth and yarn around the frame. They use scraps of traditional woven fabric to make the doll costumes and wind more yarn to create the head, hair, feet and hands.

Worry Dolls were created many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow or in a wooden box under the bed. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night.

Make Your Own Worry Doll

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