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Summary

Being the parent of a smart child is great - until your son or daughter starts asking whether global warming is real, if you are going to die, and what will happen if they don't get into college. Kids who are advanced intellectually often let their imaginations run wild and experience fears beyond their years. So what can you do to help?  

In Why Smart Kids Worry, Allison Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past. Edwards focuses on how to parent a child who is both smart and anxious and brings her years of experience as a therapist to give you the answers to questions such as:

  • How do smart kids think differently?
  • Should I let my child watch the nightly news on TV?
  • How do I answer questions about terrorists, hurricanes, and other scary subjects?  

Edwards's 15 specially designed tools for helping smart kids manage their fears will help you and your child work together to help him or her to become more relaxed and worry-free.

©2013 Allison Edwards (P)2018 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Therapist Edwards brings profound insight into the minds of gifted, anxious children in this parent-friendly handbook. Fifteen tools for parents and children to use together offer practical approaches to teaching coping skills and emotional competence, and will work well for any child with anxiety. Parents will be comforted by Edwards's analysis, which frames children's worrying as a manageable challenge." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Just wish I'd found this when my daughter was younger, I feel it would have saved her years of fretting and self doubt

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  • 06-01-20

real talk and answers!

The book had so many examples that I could relate with and then solutions. I will definitely be buying a hard copy as a reference.

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  • Ace
  • 13-05-22

Helped not only my child but me too

I found the tools really helpful and my daughter's anxiety has been manageable for her. I also found it helped us communicate better because i understand where she is at. I found some of the tools useful for myself as well, why i have anxiety, how we process it is different. This book bridged the gap for us.

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  • Cynthia stinson
  • 13-10-21

Excellent read for parents and caregivers

As a Professional Nanny, I will use all the information and tips I learned from listening to this audible book.

Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-21

Learned a lot

I enjoyed listening and learned a lot from it as a mom of 3 boys