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

Booklist Reviews 2012 August #1
Parents want their kids to feel confident for life. And yet as many as one in five children suffers from an anxiety disorder, the top mental-health problem in the U.S. Fortunately, as Pincus' helpful power-of-positive-thinking guide makes clear, parents can raise kids with confidence. The author, director of the child and adolescent fear and anxiety treatment program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, at Boston University, notes that she named the book Growing Up Brave, not Helping Your Child with Anxiety, for good reasons. She helps moms and dads to understand their children's worries at each age, from social status in middle school to body image and, eventually, career decisions. And she urges parents to keep their cool. If it's hard to get a child to talk, parents can suggest a walk together. For parents who want more resources, Pincus lists worthy groups and websites. Her can-do bottom line: celebrate successes, and don't worry so much about anxiety winning out. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 June #2
A psychologist explains how cognitive behavioral therapy offers simple tools to assist parents in dealing with their children's anxieties. Pincus (Director, Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program/Boston Univ.; co-author: Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents Riding the Wave, 2008, etc.) describes exciting new techniques for dealing with anxiety, the "number one mental health disorder, [which affects] more than 18 million [American] adults and perhaps as many as one in five children." She provides anecdotal evidence from her clinical experience and supportive research showing that simple interventions by parents (with or without guidance from a therapist) can be effective within an extremely short time frame. Her hopeful message to parents is that they, "not therapy, not prescription medications--can be the key ingredients in how successfully a child or adolescent begins to approach the world with greater joy and confidence." The author provides a clear, easy-to-follow guide that will enable parents to deal with their children's problems--e.g., the inability to make friends, fear of school, separation anxiety and obsessive worries. These include tried-and-true practices such as establishing daily bedtime and waking-up routines and leaving space for relaxation after finishing homework. Setting aside a regularly scheduled special play period for as little as five minutes a day, when a mother or father engages in pleasurable, nondemanding play with a disturbed child, has been shown in research studies to be effective. Another tool is the bravery ladder. Here the parent and child break down a fearful activity into a number of manageable small steps. As the child accomplishes each, he or she is rewarded with praise, with planned celebrations following at suitable intervals. A valuable guide with useful tips for every parent. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.