Anxious Children in an Anxious World: Facing Fears and Finding Brave

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Anxious Children in an Anxious World: Facing Fears and Finding Brave by Dr Mary O’Kane


Sometimes our job is to protect our children from the rain,
To be the umbrella providing shelter.
But, more often, our job is to remind them
That they are brave enough to withstand stormy weather.


Anxious Children in an Anxious World: Facing Fears and Finding Brave is the support parents have been looking for. This book guides parents in calming the storm of anxiety that floods so many children and teens today. Dr Mary O’Kane, lecturer in psychology and education, deconstructs lessons from psychology and research in a straightforward and supportive manner, outlining the symptoms and causes of childhood anxiety. She presents easy-to-implement self-regulation tools for children to help them respond when anxiety kicks in. Anxious Children in an Anxious World contains practical advice for parents to gently push their children’s limits, build confidence, and find the courage to face their fears, while also providing insight into the important role adults play in helping children to flourish.


Anxious Children in an Anxious World provides evidence-based strategies needed to support children to push through their fears and find their inner strength. It is an invaluable resource for parents, carers, and educators looking to cultivate the resilience our children and teens need to thrive in this anxious world.


‘This is a wonderfully comprehensive book about dealing with childhood anxiety, rooted in science but accessible to every parent. With lots of compassionate insight into the mistakes we parents can also make, it will give parents the confidence to respond effectively to the anxieties their children experience.’
Dr David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist


‘Warm, inviting, easy to read, packed full of practical tips and relevant research, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to support an anxious child and help them find their brave.’
Niamh Fitzpatrick, Psychologist


‘Dr Mary O’Kane has delivered a must-read manual for parents struggling to understand and support their anxious children. Parents will feel empowered and educated with this book as their guide.’
Karen Koster, Broadcaster


‘Mary writes with the same infectious positivity she brings to her clients and students; no problem is insurmountable, no challenge overwhelming.’
Anton Savage, Broadcaster


ISBN: 978-1-916544-29-1
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Sold by: Dr Mary O'Kane
Dr Mary O'Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education. Her research interests include childhood transitions; self esteem and wellbeing, and the value of play. Mary is a regular contributor to the Anton Savage Show on Newstalk Radio; RTE Drivetime, and a range of other national and local radio shows discussing a broad range of parenting issues. Her first book, Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Connection not Perfection, was published in 2021. Her second book Anxious Children in an Anxious World will be released in April 2024.  

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  1. Teresa Starr (verified owner)

    Dr Mary this book is so informative and hard to put down. Wonderful tips and information in dealing with anxiety in children. I’m so glad I bought it and will pass it on to my daughters to read. Would recommend this book to parents teachers and anyone caring for children. I’m a grandmother and love your books.

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  2. Lydia Murphy (verified owner)

    Look what arrived in the door this morning. Dr Mary O’Kane you spoke to me at times in this book. I’ll remember that locus of control and the attributional styles the next time I’m globalising. That’s a definite time for the wellies 😜. So many tips and tools in this book for building up my toolkit for working with parents, educators and children. Mary you are amazingly able to connect so well with me through the written word. As always my favourite was ‘it starts with love” and the end brought a tear to my eye. I won’t tell you you’ll have to read and find out what I’m taking about!! Relationships are at the heart, mind and soul of the book. A must read for all educators and definitely recommended reading for degree students Ciara Doyle Amanda Boland Aideen Hughes Sandra Boland. You can order it from Dr Mary O’Kanes website!

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