“What’s up pet?” I asked my middle child on Friday evening, when she looked a bit sad.
She shrugged. “I’m not sure what it is. I think I’m just worrying about lots of things but I don’t even know what they are.”
This isn’t uncommon – she’s my little worrier. She worries when her glasses are missing, thinking they’re gone forever, even though she had them two minutes ago in her bedroom (and no magpie swooped in to swipe them).
She worries about school every Sunday night, even though she has floated happily through her years there with no difficulty at all.
She worries about being late every morning, to the point where I’ve stopped saying “Come on guys, we’ll be late”.
So Friday night wasn’t surprising in itself, but I know she finds it particularly tough when she can’t work out what’s wrong . Then suddenly I remembered the package downstairs. It had arrived the previous day, and I was too busy to open it, but I knew what was inside.
“Come with me,” I said, taking her by the hand. Downstairs, we opened the package, and I handed her the No More Worries Kit I’d been sent by the Irish Fairy Door Company.
Her face lit up with curiosity as I took out the keyring plaque and pressed it, closing my eyes.
“See the red light?” I said, “That’s because I’m thinking about my worries. Now it’s going green, because my worries are going away.”
She wanted a go then, and closed her eyes and tried it.
“See!” I said, as the light went green, “It worked!”
Now, this girl is eight, so she wasn’t going to fall for it too easily.
“Doesn’t it just do that no matter what?”
I told her it does, yes, but the exercise of thinking about your worries and wishing them away is in itself helpful.
“When you had your eyes closed, did you think about what’s bothering you?” She nodded. “So that’s a good thing, because a few minutes ago, you couldn’t work out what it was.” She nodded again, and this time she smiled.
Then I handed her the Feelings Journal, where she can write down how she’s feeling each night. She has it under her pillow, and the first page says “Mum if you’re reading this, stop now” so I guess she’s using it.
There are also conversation cards, so we went through some of those, getting to the bottom of what was going on in her head.
Her big sister came in then and tried the keyring. She didn’t press it properly at first and no light came on. She couldn’t understand why it didn’t work, so I did it, and the red light came on this time. She tried again and still didn’t get it. I told her it’s because she has no worries (she probably doesn’t) – then it went red for her, and we agreed her new worry was why she couldn’t make the light come on. My worrier-eight-year-old laughed her head off at that, then wandered off up to bed with her plaque keyring, her Feelings Journal, and a big smile on her face.
The No More Worries Kit is a lovely product. For older kids, they’ll know it’s not magic or fairies, but as a distraction from the original worry, and a means of focussing in on what exactly is going on inside, it works brilliantly. The keyring plaque is portable, so kids can attach it to schoolbags or sports bags and keep it close to hand. The Feelings Journal is a great idea, and the conversation cards are good for opening up chats. I guess all these are things we can and should do without props, but sometimes we need props as prompts, and to that end, the No More Worries Kit works perfectly.
I have one No More Worries Kit to give away!
To enter, just comment below. (You can comment on Facebook for a second entry if you like – it will be up on Facebook on Friday morning.) I’ll draw one winner on Sunday night. Good luck!
This is not a sponsored post – I was sent my No More Worries Kit by the Irish Fairy Door Company for review purposes, all opinions are mine and my children’s!
30 thoughts on “Worry Not: No More Worries Kit – Review and Giveaway”
I have an almost seven year old worrier, she always tries to fix things when others are sad/angry. Hope your wee girl gets things off her chest and sleeps well.
I have a worrier too…actually I have two, a teen and a small girl following her footsteps. This is such a great idea. I always encouraged my eldest to write her worries down if she couldn’t speak about them, so to include a little journal for that purpose is perfect.
I have a little girl who would love this!!!
the twins are going through a phase at the moment and I love the idea of this to help calm their little minds
A clever kit and a lovely prize.
Sounds like a great idea and just what I could do with for my daughter! Fingers crossed! xxxxx
I have a thinker and worrier too and this sounds like such a cute little “mood lifter”. I know she would love it. Thanks for sharing!
This would be most appreciated in our house!
lovely little present for our worriers x
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have 3 girls, 2 are blissfullyou unaware of the word worry. One, the eldest however is extremely anxious. I am very interested in the conversation cards as sometimes I feel she doesn’t know how to voice whatever is bugging her.
Lovely present for my little worrier
I agree a welcome distraction from the worries.
Do them make an adult version?
Would be great to win for my daughter ❤️
What an absolutely wonderful prize, I would love this for my granddaughter Emily. Please count me in 🙂
I have 2 worriers at home and I am afraid I know where they taking the habit from 🙂 It would be such a useful kit for my daughter as I would most definitely would like teach my daughter from the young age how to let the worries go…..
Oh wow, so simple, yet so effective! Great for all little worriers!
Wow, this would hit the spot at the moment in our house!
Would love this as my daughter can be anxious
Love this so much. Have been doing meditation with my little lady for a few years now but as she’s getting older her worries are more complex. I think this is a fantastic tool to help with mindfulness!
There’s a child in my house who could do with this too, sounds lovely
This sounds so lovely. Would love it for my little girl.
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have 2 girls who are blissfully unaware of any worries. My eldest girl however is very anxious. I would be very interested in the conversation cards as sometimes I think she finds it difficult to express her feelings.
Such a great idea. Perfect for my little 7 year old worrier.
My little one is too young to articulate her worries just yet (if she has any) – but I am frequently an anxious bundle of worries, so there’s a chance she might follow in my footsteps (fingers crossed she’s more like her daddy in that regard!). However, I’m also a teacher and I looooove this idea! It is so important to get kids talking about their feelings, especially since repression of children’s big feelings is linked to other issues down the line.
wow.. just love it <3
My eldest, who is my biggest worry and a major worrier would scoff at this then secretly love it. I am forever telling her to write, draw, paint her feelings. The Keyring is such a good idea.
PS: Why, oh why do the worries come out just at bed time?
I have a small boy who for the last few weeks has been coming home from school sick. Once he’s home he is miraculously better! I know he’s worried about something but don’t know what. He’s not much of a talker. Probably in need of some conversation cues to help me figure it out. I’d love this!
Ah, this is a gorgeous product. I’m all for props if it gets a conversation started. My teenage daughter is a worrier, so I practice a bit of mindful meditation with her. Would love this for my Goddaughter who is a big younger though. However, I could bring my daughter to the beach to find a “worry stone” (could be like the keyring). Reading this article reminds me that I read a tip suggesting that you take 10 minutes each week to write down all your worries…then shelf the worrying until the next writing session. Might practice this with my daughter also! Thanks for reminding me 🙂
Thank you everyone for entering – I feel bad that everyone can’t win, especially when there are so many kids who’d really benefit from something like this.
The winner is Grainne Tanner (on Facebook)
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