Sometimes I'm Afraid: A Book about Fear

Sometimes I'm Afraid: A Book about Fear

by Michaelene Mundy, Anne FitzGerald

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We want our kids to be safe, happy, and well-adjusted. But we all know that our children, like us, have to face a lot of difficult things in their lives. And one of them is fear. Although adults have learned that one of the best remedies for tackling fears is an abundance of love and care, children still need support and guidance. In Sometimes I’m Afraid: A Book about Fear. . . Just for Me!, author, Michaelene Mundy, helps young readers understand what it means to be afraid and how to find courage and support in their friends and loved ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497681224
Publisher: CareNotes
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Series: Just for Me Books
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 28
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Michaelene Mundy is the author of three other books in the Elf-help Books for Kids series. A school guidance counselor, she has also taught elementary school and has worked with learning-disabled children. She holds master’s degrees in school and community counseling, as well as in education. She is the mother of three children.
Anne FitzGerald is an internationally known artist and has written and illustrated over 200 children’s books. She is creator of Dear God Kids and many other children’s books and products. Anne works from her studio/gallery in Limerick, Ireland, and teaches art in Liberty Christian School there.

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Sometimes I'm Afraid

A Book about Fear

By Michaelene Mundy, Anne FitzGerald

Abbey Press

Copyright © 2012 Michaelene Mundy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4976-8122-4


What does "Afraid" feel like?

You've been afraid, so you already know what it feels like!

It can be a cold and chilly feeling, or a shaking, quaking feeling all over.

It's a funny feeling in your stomach—maybe even a stomachache.

It is mainly a bad feeling and one that you feel like you can't make better. But there are ways to make things better.

It's good to be afraid of some things.

Everyone is afraid of something. And that's good. Being afraid of fire, or afraid to run out into the street, being afraid of strangers, or to hit a great big bully is a good thing.

Being careful is important. If you were never afraid, you might do things that could hurt you or put you in danger.

Being afraid can also be a problem.

If you are afraid of too many things, though, it can be a problem. It can keep you from learning, from sleeping, from having fun.

You might not discover a fun ride at the amusement park or that the cold water in the swimming pool feels warmer after a while.

Being afraid can even get us into trouble.

If you accidentally break something, your dad or mom might ask, "Who broke that?" You might be afraid to say that you broke it because you don't want anyone to be mad at you.

If you don't say anything, or tell a lie, you might get someone else in trouble. That doesn't feel good either.

Be brave. It's always better to tell the truth, and that takes courage.

Courage is what we need.

Having courage means we do things that are right even when we are afraid.

This might mean raising your hand in class even if you are not sure you have the right answer.

It might mean being nice to someone no one else seems to like.

What can we do when we're afraid?

Lots of times it helps to talk with Mom or Dad, an adult friend, or a teacher about something you are afraid of. They can often help you. They will understand.

People older than you have been and are still afraid of some things, too—like sharks, or getting lost going to a new place.

Maybe a better way.

Something that you can do for real is just to quiet down—breathe very SLOWLY in and out, in and out. This can help the scared feeling a lot.

A lot of grown-ups do this before they give a speech, or before they start a new job.

Even better ways to handle being afraid.

Learning about the things you are afraid of can help. It's called "getting the facts."

If you are afraid a monster is living under your bed, you can read about other children who were afraid of this and how they handled it.

Sometimes these stories will make you laugh and feel better.


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