WorryWoo Monsters {Review}

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By Contributor Jen Shragge

My son has had a lot on his plate lately. We put our family dog down, discovered a new baby was on her way and uprooted ourselves from the Vancouver area to Toronto. He also starts Kindergarten this fall. To say he has been feeling overwhelmed and anxious would be an understatement.

Then along came the WorryWoos. The WorryWoo Monster was created for a New York City art exhibition in 2001. Originally called The Monsters in My Head, Creator Andi Green used characters to embody various emotions. From loneliness to confusion, she transformed them into quirky, loveable kid-friendly monster characters. Her message of “embrace your emotions” received very positive feedback. She expanded her concept and in 2007 she decided to publish and produce her new collection of stories under her company Monsters In My Head LLC.

We received the Don’t Feed The Worry Bug book along with the star monster, Wince, and his companion worry bug. The story reinforces the idea that the more you focus on your worries, the more you have. As Wince begins to worry, the little worry bug grows larger and larger. Once he stops worrying, the bug finally shrinks and eventually hits the road. I found it very useful to keep reminding Darcy about Wince and how focusing on things other than the worries made Wince happier and allowed him to leave the worries behind. The story is appropriate for ages 3-8 (in my opinion) and the stuffies are quite well made.

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I think the variety of emotions available make these little monsters very useful for parents and educators. There are books and stuffies as well as educator kits available ranging in price from $14.99 for per book to $223.94 (all USD) for the entire collection. There are also apps available and a new 30-minute musical production debuting in New York City in late August at the Time Square Arts Centre, which I would absolutely be taking Darcy to if we lived in New York.

If you have a child who is struggling to cope with anxiety, loneliness, insecurity or frustration, this may be just the tool you have been looking for. Darcy may not be worrying less about all these life changes, but I do appreciate having the book and stuffies around for when he seems more overwhelmed than usual and like reminding him of the story and what he can do to help cope.

Do you have any other tricks or tips for helping children deal or cope with difficult emotions?

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Jen Shragge lives in Toronto, Ontario with her Kid and Hubby with a new one on the way. When she’s not trying to make the world greener she is trying to get her family to eat more greens. She writes about her attempts and includes her recipes at cookingforthecarnivore.

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Jen Shragge is a yoga instructor and all around eco-diva. She now lives back in her hometown of Toronto after ten years in the Vancouver area. Jen’s days are filled by her seven year old son and husband plus her toddler who was crazy enough to make her arrival on Christmas Day. In her spare time, (do moms really have spare time!?) Jen is a stylist for Peekaboo Beans, a play-focused quality children's clothing line.

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10 responses to “WorryWoo Monsters {Review}”

  1. Stephanie — August 17, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    Great tool for educators! Would love a kit.

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  2. Jeannie — August 17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (#)

    My son is also starting Kindergarten this fall and I think as we inch closer to the start of school, he’s getting a bit anxious and a bit nervous. Thanks for sharing this! It sounds like we could really use it at a time like this for us!

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  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 18, 2014 @ 9:29 am (#)

    this sounds like a super book to help children overcome their worries and fears and to make them happy and carefree once again.

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  4. Laurie P — August 18, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    That’s a handy book to have on hand for those big changes! Sounds like a cute story…

    All the best for the upcoming school year, you all might be surprised at how smoothly it all might work out to be 🙂

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  5. Anne Taylor — August 18, 2014 @ 10:48 am (#)

    This book sounds wonderful! One of my daughters was terrified to go to school when she was little and I surely could have used this

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  6. Melinda L. — August 20, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#)

    Sounds like a wonderful book. We helped him deal with issues by talking about it and introducing new things a little at a time

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  7. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 11:10 am (#)

    What an awesome book to help with all the anxiety

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  8. Heidi Carlson-reid — August 24, 2014 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    This line of products is a really awesome idea. I could definitely make use of these in my particular line of work. Thanks for the info.

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  9. kathy+downey — November 29, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    I love to see kids read

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  10. kathy downey — May 15, 2015 @ 8:34 am (#)

    Sometimes just reading a book to children can help them overcome their fears

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