LA, my 7 year old, has anxiety. It’s awful to watch. Someone so small, my little baby, experiencing pure terror over tiny things. Completely unable to to attend the school that he loves because of awkward experiences on the bus and the one final straw that turned me into a home school mom.
His teacher, Miss M, yelled at him once. I was never able to get him to go back again. It broke his heart that he let down his teacher and made her so angry that she had to yell. I think it’s fair to say most kids would accept that they did something wrong, possibly be upset for a bit, but ultimately be able to go back to class and have fun with friends soon after. Not LA. School was over. Every morning was crying fits, yelling, begging and desperate attempts to convince me he “wasn’t comfortable” and “didn’t feel safe.”
Part of me is a total push over and I caved pretty quickly. Part of me feels like the world is too messed up to not listen to a child when they use that kind of language like “not feeling safe.” I do not believe he or my other children were in danger at the school, however, I wanted to take this easy opportunity to teach them that they are heard, I am always listening, and they are valid. Even at this young age, their opinion counts, they have a say in the decisions that affect their life, and they deserve a level of respect in all situations.
(Yes I’m a millennial, yes I am a feminist, no I’m not a vegan. You can troll me all you want for raising whiny ass snowflakes IDGAF my kids are well adjusted, intelligent individuals like our future needs.)
Naturally, with all of these changes and new feelings I knew we would need a way to process everything. Hello, Book List. It’s children with anxiety; got anything good? Hell yeah homes . Here’s our top 5. We liked these because they weren’t boring (there’s nothing worse), they have good pictures (there’s nothing better), and each babe was able to tell me something they learned about anxiety at the end of each of them.
Please Explain Anxiety to me! by Laurie Zelinger, PhD and Jordan Zelinger, MS Ed https://amzn.to/2Yx5xkv
Scardies Away! by Stacy Fiorile https://amzn.to/2vXF5UA
I Have Squirrels In My Belly by Trish Hammond https://amzn.to/2YuZHjz
But What If? by Sue Graves https://amzn.to/2JE2u5t
Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety by Steve Herman https://amzn.to/2JyskYR