Children often fear anything from heights to the dark to the water and everything in between. While of course there is no shame in being afraid at any age, but as parents, the last thing we want is for our children to summer from fear or anxiety over something that is perfectly safe and pleasant.
Explaining to children that the dark cannot hurt them and so on seems simple enough, but usually it is not very successful. The better approach, I have found, is to take their mind off the fear, and get them to focus on something else. Having something tangible to ease their fears works so much better.
Recently I discovered a company that clearly feels the same way. That is why they created a series of books and e-books focused on overcoming fears. Fobie Friends even offers plush toys that accompany the books, helping bring the characters to life.
Of course the real focus is the fun and comforting stories.
Hold Your Seahorses! Water is the Worst!
Did My Olw Just Growl(with matching plush owl)?
Did My Owl Just Growl adds at the end of the story how the boy looked at the owl to remind him not to fear the dark. So the fact that this comes with a plush owl is great. Kids can do the same and be reminded not to fear the dark every time they look at their hoot-tastic new friend.
Both stories end with the line, "I don't fear my fears. My fears, they fear me." which is really wonderful. I love that message as it applied to either of these stories, or any situation in general.
Another wonderful thing about these books is that they rhyme. Rhyming stories are so much fun for kids, and they also help kids to remember them easier.
In addition to books and full size plushies, Fobie Friends also come in adorable key chain sized plushies that can go everywhere your child goes.
M daughter loves these as well, and though she does not fully understand the message of the stories yet, she already has a few fears of her own I am hoping she can conquer. These books will be so helpful for her as she grows.
Fobie Friends books and plush friends(and t shirts, which they also sell) would make a great gift for any child weather for a special occasion or just because.
That is why Fobie Friends and I are giving away "Fobie Packs" to 2 lucky winners.
Did My Owl Just Growl? book
Fobie Owl Friend
Fobie T-Shirt and Keychain
Climb the Monkey Bars? That's Bananas! book
Foibe Gorilla Friend
Fobie T-Shirt and Gorilla Keychain
Enter blow for your chance to win. Good luck.
*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*