Do you have an anxious child and struggle with how to ease their worries? Try using a worry box. By making one with your child, you provide support and empower them to cope with their difficult feelings. When your child feels anxious invite them to use a tool from their Worry Box. The more confident your child is in handling their anxiety, the less anxious they will be.

    We recently finished a worry box in the office for bed-time anxiety and within four weeks the child was sleeping in their own bedroom (a first) and sleeping through the night.

    Here is a list of 21 anxiety easing tools your child can add to their worry box:

    1. Homemade stress ball

    2. Mindfulness coloring books and crayons

    3. Positive affirmation or mantra cards

    4. Cards or picture that remind your child to take deep breaths

    5. Relaxing music

    6. Thought challenging charts and worksheets

    7. A book

    8. The Feelings Thermometer. (www.inspiredfamilies.com to print your own)

    9. Photos that your child perceives as calming such as family, friends, or vacation memories

    10. Putty or clay

    11. Worry stone

    12. Lavender scented pillow or satchel

    13. Water bottle

    14. Pictures of a few yoga postures or exercises

    15. Journal

    16. Stuffed animal or blanket

    17. A water bottle filled with a little food coloring and glitter to shake (Not for drinking)

    18. Sound machine with calming nature sounds

    19. Flashlight

    20. A supportive note from mom or dad

    21. Worry dolls or a worry box/jar where your child can write or draw their worry then put it away in the box

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    Jamie Perillo, LPC is a licensed child, adolescent, and family psychotherapist, speaker, parent and wellness educator, and founder of Inspired Families. She serves on the advisory board of the Food Allergy Education Network and as the Behavioral Specialist for Little Ivy Nursery School.
    Jamie earned a BA in Psychology and a BA in English from her undergraduate studies and a MA in Clinical Psychology from her graduate studies. She was also inducted into the Psi Chi National Honors Society.

    Jamie works with children, parents, and families in her private practice. She is dedicated to supporting and empowering families through her practice, Inspired Families, and workshops. She created Inspired Families in order to inspire healthy, positive lifestyles and reach more families in providing behavioral strategies, support, parenting techniques, and creative, fun engaging family activities.

    As a Certified Yoga Instructor specializing in yoga therapy (Jamie graduated from Sierra Bender’s Wholistic Yoga Therapy Teacher Training) Jamie uses her training to compliment traditional treatment modalities, provide stress management and empower families. She has taught yoga workshops to pre-teens and teens for the YMCA’s Upward Bound Program, Strong Kids Campaign, and co-facilitated Sierra Bender’s Boot Camp for Goddesses Teens at Omega Institute. Jamie has also taught college graduate students techniques on how to utilize yoga in schools.

    Jamie supports the Whole family. Families leave inspired and empowered.

    About Inspired Families

    Inspired Families helps busy parents authentically raise happy, healthy children. Our tools empower parents by providing strategies to increase meaningful TIME and communication together, teach effective responses for difficult behaviors, decrease anxiety and increase self-esteem. We offer creative, affordable, engaging family activities and suggest health tips to promote mind/body wellness for children and adults. The overall result is a family with less stress, anxiety, and behavioral difficulties and increase in happiness and health. With our tips and tools your day will end feeling as an inspired parent.

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