Hello! Thank you for your investment in The Worry Jar and I hope you will find it helpful in dealing with an anxious child.
It all began with a boy who worried, a teacher who needed a solution, and The Worry Jar.
Aaron was the first student who used The Worry Jar and ever since 2001, I have been using The Worry Jar with children and adults of all ages.
Aaron was an anxiety-filled boy, trusting his teacher who had an idea for him to try. Learning how to deal with anxiety is hard. However, Aaron never gave up. That boy used his Worry Jar every day. I never realized how much it changed him until…
In 2001, I was in a powered parachuting accident that left me paralyzed from the chest down. My own anxiety hit a peak, while I was in the hospital recovering and learning to navigate life, now from a wheelchair. What would things look like for me in my future?
That’s when it happened. A Worry Jar was sent to me from the boy, who took a concept his teacher gave him and he now stood behind. With a special message, "now it’s your turn to put your worries in the jar", it was mine. At the time I need it the most, The Worry Jar returned and this time it was me who trusted a boy with a solution.
Simply put, The Worry Jar is a way to manage anxiety. A worry jar is a concept that has been around for a while.
However, my first Worry Jar was a very special jar that appeared in my life when I needed it the most. It not only provided me with the comfort I needed, but it made me realize the significant impact we can have on our children.
As you enjoy reading and sharing our story, you may be creating a story of your own.
Above all, my hope is that you will touch someone’s life and make it a little easier to manage the things that cause them worry.
Worries, worries in the jar!
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Aaron, who worried about EVERYTHING! It started as soon as he woke up and filled his dreams throughout the night. All through the school day, Aaron worried.
The teacher noticed and knew she had to do something to help Aaron. So she did. She made him a Worry Jar, a safe place for him to keep the things that caused him this anxiety. They sat down together and talked over lunch. The teacher showed him how to use his Worry Jar.
Aaron followed the plan and after some time, he was able to keep his mind clear when the worry was safely in the jar. Aaron not only found The Worry Jar helpful himself, but he was able to share the idea with his friends. They were surprised to see that every one of them was dealing with their own kind of anxiety and stress.
The story of Aaron and The Worry Jar was about to turn a full circle when there came a worry that caused Aaron to return the jar to back to his teacher.
The book Go Away Worries, tells the story of Aaron, his teacher and The Worry Jar. After reading the book, children will walk away with a method of harnessing their anxiety.
Caleb doesn’t know what to do. His hands are sweaty, his heart beats fast, and his stomach is upset way too many times in a day. Why are there so many things to worry about? But when Miss White, his fourth-grade teacher, suggests a way to deal with his worries, Caleb isn’t too sure it will help. What is a worry jar and how is it the answer?
In this book, Michelle teaches kids that worries come in all shapes and sizes. When you write down your worry and put it in The Worry Jar, you don’t have to think about it. However, when the worry pops back into your head, say the words “Worries, worries in the jar, I can!”
These words become a mantra and encouragement, reminding kids to let the worry go. Go Away Worries! is a 2014 Mom’s Choice Award and a 2015 Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award.
Go Away Worries! is a chapter book written for elementary school children, but can be a resource for anyone. It's quickly becoming a favorite back-to-school read with parents and teachers.
In this book, Michelle teaches our youngest children a strategy to handle their fear, insecurity, and anxiety. The fun-loving character, The Worry Jar, encourages children through fun, repetitive words as a reminder that the worry is in the jar. When you write down a worry and put it in The Worry Jar, you don’t have to think about it. However, when the worry pops back into your head, say the words “Worries, worries in the jar, I can!"