We were recently sent* a copy of The Stress Goblin’s Hat which is an engaging book aimed at children 3-7 years old. It has been created by experts to help children identify and cope with stress.
Many adults struggle with stress and talking about and we understand it more so I think it is such a good idea to be helping children be aware of it, what it feels like and how to cope with it from an early age.
The Office of National Statistics state that one in ten children in the UK suffer from mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. According to YoungMinds, 1 million children in the UK between 5-15 suffer from stress. They are scary statistics and The Guardian state that just 6% of UK health research spending goes on mental health and less than 30% of research is focused on young people.
Stress in children can be far more serious than in adults as children have not learned the tools needed to cope and can’t escape stressful situations easily.
The Stress Goblin’s Hat is specifically written to help children understand the effects of stress and how to cope with it. The story is really engaging with lively and bright illustrations. the story follows The Stress Goblin’s mischievous hat that escaped and wherever he lands he causes stress. The Stress Goblin goes in search of the hat before he causes everyone to be stressed. It is a heartwarming story that describes how you may feel when stressed and opens up many conversations of when your child may feel like that and what they can do to reduce it. Lucas enjoys me reading it to him and I hope he will take away some of the meaning behind the book.
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The Stress Goblin’s Hat