If you have a child who struggles with anxiety, consider getting them a stuffed animal that will eat their worries away.
“Worry Eaters” are a modern, monster-y twist on Guatemalan worry dolls, to which children confide their worries before placing them under their pillows at night. Guatemalan worry dolls, it is said, gift sleeping children with the wisdom they need to overcome worries. With these newer zippered-mouth versions, children (or their parents) write down or draw their worries, then stuff the paper in the Worry Eater’s mouth so it can hold onto the worries for the child.
Worry Eaters come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes—both parents and kids. This article—“Anxiety in Children: A Metaphor to Put You in Their Shoes”—is a great place to start.
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