ANXIETY can be crippling and it’s easy to forget children can suffer from anxiety too, as well as just plain, unsettling ‘‘little worries’’.
And the best way to learn how to manage those feelings is to recognise what they are, says author Lynn Jenkins.
She has teamed up with illustrator and fellow Novocastrian mum Kirrili Lonergan to create Lessons of a LAC, a ‘‘resource tool’’ picture book.
‘‘It’s aimed at a range of children, to teach them how to think more positively,’’ Mrs Lonergan said.
The story centres on Loppy LAC, part of a clan of ‘‘little anxious creatures’’ who are always on the lookout for danger and use ‘‘scary talk’’ like ‘‘what if’’, ‘‘I’m never going to be able to’’, and ‘‘I don’t think I can’’.
One day he connects with Curly Calmster and finds another, more relaxing approach to life.
‘‘It’s for kids to have a way to understand their worries or anxiety,’’ Ms Jenkins said.
‘‘Worries are very common for everybody, and there are kids who are more prone to it than others.’’
A clinical psychologist with a passion for early intervention, Ms Jenkins said it was important for kids to develop coping skills from a young age.
The book will be launched on March 22 and available via roomtoconnect.com.au or at MacLean’s Booksellers in Hamilton.