Overcoming Parental Anxiety: Rewire Your Brain To Worry Less and Enjoy Parenting More

New Harbinger. Dec. 2022. 200p. ISBN 9781648480300. pap. $18.95. CHILD REARING
Penned by therapists with a specialty in anxiety, this book addresses the often-contradictory information in literature about this medical disorder in children. According to the authors, parents must practice self-care and remember that it isn’t solely about relaxation; it’s also about finding ways to handle and cope with one’s own challenges first and then help their children. The authors start with a scientific approach, exploring each area of the brain that can be somewhat rewired to reduce anxiousness and nervousness. Each chapter contains journaling prompts that helps achieve that rewriting. There are also breathing exercises and techniques for progressive muscle relaxation, sensory experience, and grounding. The end of the book includes a guide to help parents find their own go-to tools.
VERDICT In an era when parents and children can reach crisis levels of anxiety, this is a valuable guide to navigating personal struggles, in order to be more present to guide children in theirs.
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