Maybe your children struggle with
- The dark
- Noises at night
- Sleeping in their own beds
- Going to school
- Playing a sport
- Social gatherings with large crowds
- Spiders or snakes
- Fear of bodily sensations
- Talking in front of class
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of an angry teacher
- Fear of storms/natural disasters
These are just some of the most common fears young children suffer
from as they grow and develop.
We have been conditioned to reassure children that their fears are not real, that monsters do not hide in closets, that it’s easy to speak in front of a group or to make new friends.
But those fears are very real to children!
Yes, children need to be reassured when anxious, but what is equally, if not more important, is that they internalize reassurance and feel a sense of power over their fears.
Barry McDonagh (author of Panic Away) and Stacy Fiorile, (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) have just launched a very special children’s book called Scaredies Away.
This technique know as the Magic Finger Countdown. is used for conquering fear in almost any situation—from staying in a big kid bed at night, to imaginary monsters in the closet, to talking in front of a group.
Any child (ages 6-12) can use this technique to feel a sense of power over their fears.
The story details how eight-year-old Jack is scared...of the dark...of swimming in the ocean...and of riding the biggest roller coaster on the boardwalk. Jack usually runs away from what scares him.
Most people do! But now that his cousin Clay has taught him to overcome his fears using the Magic Finger Countdown
Jack is ready to take on the world!
Children do not have to live with debilitating fear and anxiety. Behavior can be changed, and anxiety can be transformed into a sense of personal power.
Read this book with your children or students, explore the Afterword for tips on Implementing the technique, and encourage children to try the Magic Finger Countdown in any situation where they feel afraid!
For more on Stacy and her work to date, visit www.panicaway.com/kids
We have asked some of our readers what they thought of Scaredies Away.
“'This wonderful book is a must for all parents to help their children to normalise the symptoms of anxiety. What a gift to give to our children.' ”.
“Children get scared. And if their fears are not coped with in childhood, they follow them into adulthood and affect relationships,professionally and personally. I have worked with Barry's Panic Away program for some years and recommended it to individuals who needed additional assistance. ”.
“Thinking back as a child, I would have loved this book. I was sure witches were in the trees outside my windows. The fears increased from there. I had anxiety symptoms when I started school, staying at friends houses, visiting my grandparents, riding the school bus, going to Disneyland-you name it. ”.
“I purchased this book because genetically, for centuries, my biological family has dealt with severe anxiety. I wanted this DNA issue to be understood and handled properly. For myself, my children and my grandchildren I knew there just had to be a solution! This book teaches us all, ”.