Worry Eaters to Ease Your Child’s Fears

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Every child has fears or worries and it can be difficult to help them feel more safe and secure. For example, my daughter’s latest fear is hearing owls hoot in the middle of the night. She was also recently afraid of an alligator being in our house.

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We had her write down her fear on a piece of paper, unzip the mouth of her Worry Eater, place the paper in it’s mouth, and then zip it to eat her fear.

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The Worry Eater made everything better and she talks about how it helped her with the owls noises at bedtime.

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A simple tug on a zipper might be the easiest way to calm a small child’s fears thanks to the plush characters known as Worry Eaters. Imported from Germany by The Haywire Group, Worry Eaters expands in 2016 with more colorful characters including Wanda, Pomm, Frula & Biff.

Priced at $15.99 (S) and $22.99 (L), Worry Eaters sport big eyes and a wide zippered mouth that begs for a scrap of paper with a child-size worry written down. Each character has a hang tag that suggests to tots as young as 3 years old that they write their concern on paper — or draw it if too young to write — and tuck it into the plush’s zippered mouth. Have no fear, their Worry Eater will hold on to that concern for them. The kids get a good night’s sleep and parents are given a clue as to what’s worrying their child and an opportunity to talk with their child about their worries.

At times, childhood worries can be very BIG, and at other times, very small. No matter how big or small the worries, they are all important in the life of a child. Parents can help kids learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease using Worry Eaters as a tool to identify worries, clarify misunderstandings or misconceptions, resolve conflicts and build self-esteem, while promoting the development of healthy coping skills. Kids who can do this develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life’s challenges, big and small.

Worry Eaters allow children a chance to identify worries and separate themselves from that worry or problem, giving the child some time to “take a break” from carrying the weight of that worry. This separation, giving the worry to the Worry Eater, allows children the opportunity to look at the worry or problem separate from themselves. The act of then sharing that worry inside the Worry Eater’s mouth with a parent, caregiver or trusted friend can help a child problem solve solutions, face that worry, and/or just acknowledge that the worry exists.

All of the characters http://www.haywiregroup.com/worry-eaters/shop including best sellers from 2015 are showcased on the company’s website.

Here’s a video https://vimeo.com/118138493 showing how Worry Eaters work, and here’s one with speech pathologist and language expert Sherry Artemenko and children talking about how they help.

Check out the parent company Haywire Group’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/haywiregroupinc and Twitter https://twitter.com/haywiregroup

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