A book to help with worries
Our beautiful and happy little girl has been having lots of worries of late, and we have been searching around for things and ways to help her out. The worries are wide and sometimes unexpected-like worrying about the Crimean War and infection, or how infection gets into a body and how it spreads. It has turned bed time into a stressful experience and for us a deeply unsettling and unusual time. We are searching for things and ways to help her in any way we can. I’m fighting the urge to feel like I’m fumbling in the dark with absolutely no clue where I’m going! I know that we’re making mistakes along the way, but hopefully not irrevocable ones.
However, one of the things I think I may have got right is a book called My Huge Bag of Worries.
It’s a nice comforting book about a little girl who carries with her a bag of lots of different worries. The moral of the story is to ‘let your worries out into the open’. The little girl in the story tells her friendly next door neighbour, who very carefully works through each and every worry and packs them off, either to others, into the air, or to be shared. The final page is the bag being thrown high into the air, empty and not quite so large.
It’s a nice simple metaphor which my daughter has picked up immediately. We read it every time she feels the need to. One of the unexpected aspects of this book has been the opportunity to talk about her responses to the little girl’s worries-I think it helps my daughter to see someone like her and feel she’s helping her by offering advice. It doesn’t matter that we’ve read the book a few times as she still seems to gain comfort from it.
I would really recommend this book to anyone who has a sensitive child.