Summer Camp Jitters? New Book Helps Kids Ease Anxieties

Children’s author sets out to tackle childhood anxieties with new book series.
Juggling with the Jitters.
Juggling with the Jitters.
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Summer Camp
Deborah Miller
Dealing with Feelings


Calgary - Alberta - Canada

CALGARY, Alberta - April 28, 2014 - PRLog -- Calgary, AB - While the end of school is still a couple of months away, many parents are already looking into a variety of options for entertaining their young ones during the summer months. The long-standing tradition of summer camp is, of course, a stand-out for many. But while there’s little doubt that camp offers an abundance of exciting and enriching opportunities, for many children it also brings with it a host of anxieties. The new Dealing with Feelings series of children’s books by performer and author Deborah Miller, aim to help children quell those fears so they can get the best out of their summer adventures.

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 at


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