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Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  187 ratings  ·  47 reviews
When our children are born, we do everything we can to make sure they have love, food, clothing, and shelter. We read to them, play with them, and comfort them when they cry. But despite all this, one in five children today suffers from a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and countless others suffer from anxiety that interferes with critical social, academic, and physical develo ...more
Published August 28th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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3.5 stars

Much of the book referenced cases of anxiety more severe and in younger children than my 11 year old. Still though - a lot of helpful general info and techniques to improve feelings and behaviors. A list in the book summarized a lot of what I found helpful:

"The Dos and Don'ts of Helping Your Child Get Brave

A few general reminders:

• DON’T give extra positive attention to your child when she's complaining or distressed about separating from you. It's okay to be caring and reflect her fe
This is the book that every parent wishes their child came with at birth. It is an outstanding, well-written guide that is based on state-of-the-art research (not just on opinion). The book teaches parents practical, easy to implement skills for helping children learn healthy ways to manage anxiety and stress. I highly recommend it!! It is an essential guide for anxiety prevention and treatment that belongs on every parent’s’ bookshelf.
I'm in the middle of the introduction and I am already recommending this book to other people. A 5-star first impression!

**After finishing the book, I can honestly say that this book is a must-read for all parents and teachers. I envy the children who will grow up understanding that anxiety is just as valid is anger and shame, happiness and pride.
An good, easy to read book for parents to help children who sometimes have anxious times and how to support them the correct way.
In Part I, Growing Up Brave provides readers with a deeper understanding of anxiety disorders and its manifestations, helping caregivers to decide whether or not a child's behavior should be of concern. In Part II, parents are given practical suggestions on how to enhance their daily interactions to help their young children feel less anxious and more brave, focusing particularly on special playtime and bedtime routines. Most of the suggestions are focused on younger children, but the author doe ...more
Kimberly Hughes
This is a very thorough book written for parents on how to help their children conquer their anxiety. It has very specific instructions on how to use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which is a skill-based, hands-on, and evidence based approach.

The first three chapters are an overview on understanding childhood anxiety. It gives an idea of what are normal fears at various ages and what are not. It also briefly covers how parental interaction can influence a child's anxiety. Reading through this
Elizabeth Mundie
I received a Goodreads Giveaway copy of Growing up Brave vy Donna Pincus. As I have several projects going on at the moment, I skimmed many parts of it but haven't finished it. I intend to go back and read it more thoroughly. I have a new granddaughter on the way, and I have a feeling I will refer to this. Also, I have found some things in it that have been helpful to me, as an adult, and also helpful when I've shared items from it with other adults.

What I have understood so far leads me to bel
Ok, like all books about parenting there is some guilt inducing material in this book. But she does go out of her way to reassure parents. I checked this book out from the library and will probably purchase it because I found it useful.

What I like best about this book is she has a lot of things you can DO. I'd say starting on chapter four are the proactive steps you can take to help your child cope with their anxieties. I appreciate the formulation of words for discussing feelings and reactions
Kytka Hilmar-Jezek
A must read, especially for new parents!

This is an excellent and comprehensive book for parents who may be a tad over-protective and for their children who may suffer from anxiety or shyness as a result. The author has done a wonderful job of explaining parenting in a way which makes parents feel confident and secure in their choices and in allowing their children to make mistakes, take some falls and grow in the world by exploring and walking with a sense of wonder. New parents sometimes need s
I highly recommend parents read this book. It talks about normal fears and abnormal fears in kids, toddler aged to high school. Dr Pincus discusses why some kids are more anxious, what in their environment might augment that anxiety and discusses how a parent can intervene to prevent a normal fear from snowballing into anxiety.

While the book examples and exercises focus on kids across the board, it does have a special chapter on teens and how dealing with teen anxiety is different than child an
This really helped to explain childhood anxiety, and anxiety in general really well. The strategies at the end seem like good ideas. They will require some more mulling over and time to implement them. However, I came away immediately with some ways to restructure the way I talk to my kids so as not to increase feelings of anxiety.
This is a really great book for any later or teacher. Even if your child doesn't suffer from the extreme anxiety detailed by some of the cases in the book all kids have some anxiety in life. The coaching techniques are easy to follow and can be used with kids of all ages.
David Roman
Easy read. Although it doesn't pertain specifically to my child, I liked the exercises for times when she does feel anxious. Anything that makes me a better parent is a good find.
I think this is a very good book for parents to have. Especially in this day and age where depression and anxiety tend to be the norm, and is effecting children earlier and earlier.
Donna B.Pincus, PhD had packed this book full of examples, senerios, and good techniques for reconizing dealing with depression and anxiety in children of all ages, and thier parents too for that matter.
I will be keeping this book very handy. The important information and tools that this books provides is not a jus
I appreciated the authors clear structure, definitions and explanations. I wish there had been more diversity in the examples of things kids are fearful of. I was disappointed there was zero discussion on nightmares, night terrors, or larger creative daydreaming. Two strategies are conflicting to one another so frustrating to know which to use. I did not like the rewards based strategies because I just think they end up being counter productive. A quick useful book but not sure I'd fully recomme ...more
Good book but I prefer "Helping your anxious child" by Rapee.
Great advice and ideas for helping my son cope with anxiety.
Pam Levitt
I learned a few helpful approaches.
Dr Pincus gives easy to read and follow descriptions for "Growing Up Brave". The information is relevant and practical. I was blown away by the idea that the parents' behaviors are so important. Parents always want to help children fix their behaviors when much of the "issues" belong to the parents who unwittingly reinforce the problems instead of the solutions. I would definitely recommend this book to all parents to not only "fix" problems but to prevent them as well. Thank you Dr.Pincus! I ho ...more
This is a great source of information for parents that have children with anxiety. It is a fast read and easy to understand. There are several helpful ideas that you can easily incorporate into your daily routines in addition to inspiring real-life stories about kids overcoming different types of anxiety. I've personally tried the 'Five Minutes a Day Time' and the tips about implementing a routine bedtime and found them extremely helpful. Not only did they work but I also learned a lot about how ...more
Angela Wade
Concrete ideas that made a difference.
Erin Ching
I only skimmed this book because it turned out that it was not helpful for my particular situation (i was looking for help with a young toddler, and this book is more for kids ages 3-18). But it looked like it would be very helpful for verbal kids. It's written in an accessible style, has very practical suggestions, is not judgmental, and deals with a wide variety of situations. I will definitely keep this book in mind for future reference.
Don O'goodreader
If you have a child suffering from excessive anxiety, Growing Up Brave by Donna B Pincus is the book for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more general overview of the childhood anxiety, perhaps you are a teacher or counselor, this book misses the mark. Highly recommended for parents of children with anxieties, but few others.

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A good read for parents/families with kids who need help overcoming fear and anxiety. I was hoping to learn strategies for helping kids with the everyday stresses they face. They are so busy! But this book was geared towards children whose fear/anxieties are almost all-emcompassing. It has strategies for supporting the parent-child relationship to make a positive shift and help the child in their thinking and coping.
This book had a lot of good information and easy-to-follow tools you could use to help with your kid's anxiety right away. I learned some tips for myself as well! It's also easy to skip over certain sections that don't apply to you. I recommend it if you are unsure or concerned that your child's anxiety is "normal" or something to be concerned about. The author breaks it down in a way that is very easy to understand!
I think there are a lot of good strategies in this book that I want to try out with my 6 year old daughter who is prone to some anxiety and behavior problems that have been exacerbated with moving and crazy home conditions for the past six months. Though the effectiveness is TBD, the strategies are research based and this book is a fast read so I would recommend it to anyone.
I found this to be a very helpful book. I suffered mild anxiety as a child/teen and developed my own strategies to deal with it. It was interesting to see that many of the strategies she introduced in her book are similar to the things I did (and still do) to calm myself.

Although it focuses on children and teens, you could apply the principles to adulthood as well.
Dr. Pincus has great strategies for parents to help children overcome and understand their feelings of anxiety and stress. I like that she prioritizes the health of the children and the health of the family. I'm also glad that she suggests cognitive behavior changes and the close attention of parents before medication or even therapy.
Straightforward and easy-to-read approach on how to address your child's anxiety and fears. I appreciated that this book spelled out specific activities you can do to help your child manage his/her worrisome thoughts and/or panic symptoms as well as overall improve the parent-child relationship. Very good resource.
I wasn't quite the right audience for this book. I wanted to read a book that would help me prevent my children from becoming anxious; this book gives you hints on what to do once your kids are ALREADY anxious. There were a few nuggets I could glean, but this is more of a reactive than proactive book.
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