Non Fiction Review: When the World Feels Like a Scary Place

When the World Feels Like a Scary Place by Abigail Gewirtz
When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids
by Abigail Gewirtz

2 out of 5 stars


This book has some good ideas about talking to your kids in a calm and productive manner. It has techniques for defusing anger with compassion, and managing stress and anxiety when your children are confronted with difficult issues.

There are example conversations and situations that deal with circumstances like bullying, immigration, social justice, climate change, violence, activism, technology, and more. Some of the issues are definitely following a political agenda, instead of just giving general advice. I didn’t like that the author was pushing politics and a leftist world-view.
It seems like the book focuses mostly on the negative, and magnifies issues that aren’t really that bad. If a circumstance really is bad, then of course it needs to be acknowledged and addressed. But it would be better to put things in perspective, get the facts, and find out if the situation is really so horrible, before you get your kids all worried about it. I felt like this book has a victim mentality, and a doomsday attitude.

There are a few good ideas in here, but overall I did not like the underlying philosophy of the book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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