Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book about Parents with

Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book about Parents with Ptsd When a parent has PTSD, children can often feel confused, scared, or helpless Why Are You So Scared explains PTSD and its symptoms in nonthreatening, kid friendly language, and is full of questions and exercises that kids and parents can work through togetherThe interactive layout encourages kids to express their thoughts and feelings about PTSD through writing, drawing, and designing This book can serve as a practical tool for kids to cope with and eventually feel better about their parent s PTSDA comprehensive note to parents offers advice for using this book to help children communicate the emotions that may accompany their parent s PTSD recoveryFrom the Note to Parents PTSD can negatively affect the children of parents or caregivers who experience it In addition to being confused and worried about their parent or caregiver, children may experience fear and sadness of their own A negatively affected child may suffer poor performance at school, act out at daycare, or withdrawal from family and friends PTSD is not just a condition of the adult, but a condition of the family and others close to the child There are several important aspects of their parent or caregiver s PTSD that children should understand Although your child s age and maturity level, and your own comfort level, should dictate how much emphasis you give any particular issue, it s important that each of the following be acknowledged, at least to plant a seed for future discussion This book, and the discussions it is meant to facilitate, should help your childunderstand what PTSD is and what it is notrecognize and cope with his or her feelings and realize that things will get better and that help is available This book is meant to be read by or to your child with guidance from a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult that he or she trusts Although you can accomplish this in several ways, it may be best to read it in sections This way, several discussions can take place over an extended period, allowing time for your child to form questions and discover his or her own solutions to some of the concerns covered in the book Regardless of how you decide to use this book, remember to watch for cues from your child He is the best measure for how much information is too much and when it s OK to keep reading and talking

About the Author: Beth Andrews

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10 thoughts on “Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book about Parents with Ptsd

  1. says:

    I caught this book at the library looking for something else My daughter wasn t really old enough for this one yet, but the book grabbed up my attention and I wanted to give it a look anyway I ll start off by saying that I did find it all kinds of rad that there is a book like this out there And, for the most part, I felt like this book did a good job of

  2. says:

    An informative book to help children understand their own feelings about having a parent with PTSD Andrews provides a definition of PTSD, shares common symptoms, and offers suggestions for coping The book emphasizes that children are not at fault for the PTSD, that they can t fix it, and their parent still loves them.The book contains pages for the child draw pi

  3. says:

    This book made me cry It s so sad that it needs to exist But it does I don t think I m able to read it to my children, though I m glad I have a supportive partner who can read it with them I d recommend parents with PTSD, like myself, have their partner or other caregiver read the book first to determine its appropriateness It could be very triggering for some.

  4. says:

    It is heartbreaking that such a book even needs to be written, a children s book that encourages little ones on how to cope with parents with PTSD To be sure, I know an alarmingly large number of adults with PTSD, and I am one of them myself, after all 1 , and this book, in looking at a problem in a point of view that is aimed at children makes it evenhaunting and lamentable To

  5. says:

    This is a very important book and something relatable to many children It talks all about parents have PTSD and how that affects each person differently It was very informative and interactive for the children to talk about their feelings and that it is okay to feel the way they do and that it isn t their fault I can use to teach my students about PTSD and how it is scary but there are

  6. says:

    Not as impressed as I was with Why are you so sad But overall same content that explains the condition in kid appropriate terms helps adults navigate the conversation Not as impressed as I was with Why are you so sad But overall same content that explains the condition in kid appropriate terms helps adults navigate the conversation

  7. says:

    Beth Andrews wrote her book to help the children of those dealing with PTSD It offers a definition that even a young child could understand, breaking down the condition into parts so that the parent can choose what to share and what not to share Beth uses simple, easy to understand language in her explanations and suggestions She offers reassurance that the child is not to blame and suggestions that c

  8. says:

    This informational children s picture book is written by an author who is a licensed clinical social worker and is a supervisor for a community mental health center in Colorado By being a licensed clinical social worker, I m sure the author has seen cases where people have been affected by PTSD This book explains the topic of PTSD to a child in a manner that the children will be able to understand what it is

  9. says:

    This is an excellent book, but the format may limit its appeal for older kids who would also benefit from the information.A parent could use this book to explain PTSD, or a child from a family with an adult who suffers from this might read it on his or her own initiative.The book is very clear, and tries to be as non threatening as possible in explaining what is going on inside people who have been affected by variou

  10. says:

    This book is about helping children learn to cope with and understand living with a parent that has PTSD The author provides a lot of helpful tips for both caregivers and the children The illustrations were engaging and it was written in a way that would be easy for children to understand I really like this book, I feel like there are not enough resources such as this for children This book provides a way to understand a ver

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