Stress and anxiety are so much a part of modern adult life that many parents don’t realize that they also shape their children’s experiences as well. And the coping mechanisms that grown-ups use don’t necessarily translate well to kids. It was that realization which led the performer and writer to create the second book in her series, Juggling the Jitters. The book tells the story of Jacob, a young boy who gets overwhelmed by the “what ifs” of a big birthday party in his future.
As Miller explains, even the prospects of a fun event can create anxiety in a young child, and summer camp is a great example of this. “I think as adults we tend to have rose-tinted glasses when we look back at our camp experiences. Of course by and large, most of us had a great time. But we’ve likely forgotten the scary bits,” says the author, who has translated her books into a series of school presentations. “Summer camp – even day camp – meant tons of new experiences, meeting new people, and sometimes being away from home for the first time!”
Miller adds, “Of course it’s natural for children to feel some anxiety in the face of new experiences. But the idea is to give them the tools to deal with those feelings, so they can get the very best out of their time away.”
The Dealing with Feelings books have been praised by psychologists, parents, and teachers alike for their engaging, effective, and most importantly, fun, approach to teaching children how to deal with their emotions. Information about her first title in the series, Grappling with the Grumblies and Deborah Miller’s accompanying presentations is available athttp://www.deborahfmiller.com/
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