Introduction -- How smart kids think -- The new definition of "smart" -- Understanding your child's anxiety -- How children process anxiety and why it matters -- How to address your child's anxiety in an age of worry -- Where intelligence and anxiety collide -- Why your child doesn't need to know about terrorists -- How to answer "Is global warming real? : When will I die? : Can a tornado hit our house?" and other tough questions -- What anxiety leaves behind -- Tools -- Tool #1: Square breathing -- Tool #2: Worry time -- Tool #3: Changing the channel -- Tool #4: The five question rule -- Tool #5: "I did it!" list -- Tool #6: The marble system -- Tool #7: Giving your child a role -- Tool #8: Structuring the unstructured -- Tool #9: Blanket tool -- Tool #10: Over checking -- Tool #11: Naming the anxiety -- Tool #12: Brain plate -- Tool #13: Run fast! jump high! -- Tool #14: The worry expert -- Tool #15: Feelings check-in -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author.
Kids who are advanced intellectually often let their imaginations ruin wild and experience fears beyond their years. Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past. She focuses on how to parent a child who is both smart and anxious, and teaches you tools for helping him or her to become more relaxed and worry-free.