WorryWoos at Home

There is no place more likely that a child will show their feelings than with a parent. The WorryWoo Monsters are a fantastic addition to your family home and can be used as an aid in your child's emotional development. The feelings your Woo represent are all part of the normal growing up process. 

Whether your child has a particular worry or you simply want to help them develop their emotional wellness, there are many ways the Woos can be integrated into family life. Here's an example of some favourites:

Teaching Tools

The WorryWoo Monsters are a fun way to engage children in exploring and identifying feelings at home. Making friends with these loveable characters helps teach children that the feelings they have are normal, and that these feelings are an extension of their identity.

Empathy Builders

Compassion and empathy-building start at home. When the Woos are worried, you can use them to teach kindness, nurturing and compassionate strategies to help the Woo feel better. This has a direct impact on how a child creates their own learning experiences to generalise and apply to others. 

Transitional Objects

The Woos are wonderful at helping children make emotional, mental and physical transitions as part of a child's developmental process. They can aid a child with separation anxiety, be part of a child's nighttime routine, soothe nightmares and become trusted companions.

Caring Companions

Speaking of companions, WorryWoos are excellent comrades for travelling to anxiety-provoking places! They love to travel to the dentist, doctor, hospital... anywhere where your little one might need some reassurance. The Woos are especially good for "sensory anchoring", which is the ability to bring relief in a sensory way to a child's disregulated state. Because they are connected to the common fears associated with places like this, they can often bring an even stronger sense of calm and support. But don't forget, they love to go to the fun places too!

When a Woo lives in your home, they become pals and protectors. They offer connection, normalise life experiences, and help a child accomplish the critical task of self-acceptance, normalisation, and self-compassion. It helps them recognise that feelings are natural, expected, and can be shared. 

Recommended for Parents

In addition to the WorryWoo Monster books and plush dolls, Wince and Twitch have companion books full of useful advice and activities to help your child. Written by child psychologist Dr. John Irvine, the books act as a helpful guide for parents. These books are highly recommended by us! 

Helping Young Worriers Beat the Worrybug - Companion Book - Spiffy

Ideal for use alongside Wince book and plush doll, and the WorryBug plush doll.

Helping Young Worriers Beat the WorryBug is a practical go- to guide for anyone who is interested in helping kids thrive emotionally. Written by renowned Australian Child-psychologist, Dr. John Irvine in a collaborative venture with Andi Green, the creator of the WorryWoo Monsters, this book acknowledges the growing problem of anxiety in kids –everywhere, which calls for immediate and timely attention. Dr. John, as he is known “Down Under,” has tackled the issue by presenting sensible advice for parents, educators and other caretakers in his latest booklet. It includes background info on the origin of worry, an assessment guide to help determine the problem, as well as fun-filled activities to deal with the worries that kids encounter in today's society.  Useful suggestions combined with a touch of the whimsical, provided by Green’s drawings of Wince, the main character from her award winning Don’t Feed the WorryBug, serve to keep the adults as well as children, engaged in meaningful dialogue.

Helping Young Children Manage Frustration & Anger - Companion Book - Spiffy

A practical guide for parents and educators to help young people to understand and work through frustration - for use alongside Twitch, the Monster of Frustration and accompanying book. 

 Written by Dr. John Irvine, PhD - one of Australia's most renowned child psychologists and illustrated by Andi Green - the creator of the Worry Woos. 


Determining whether your child is frustrated is not as simple as saying “If you’re frustrated and you know it clap your hands!” Often the problem is covered up by temper tantrums, tears, acting out and sulking. So what is a parent to do? Wearing his psychological cape,"Superhero”, Child-Psychologist, Dr. John Irvine, has come to save the day! With his new book Helping Young Children Manage Frustration & Anger, the respected Australian icon has come to the aid of distraught parents and educators. “Dr. John” has accomplished this by teaming up with WorryWoo creator, Andi Green, to create their second companion book to her WorryWoo Monster series. This time educator/ psychologist, Irvine, concentrates on Twitch, The Monster of Frustration. He begins by explaining that frustration cannot be pigeon holed  into a “one size fits all" classification. Instead, Dr. Irvine explains how each child may display a different set of behaviours. To find out if your child is frustrated the author has devised a series of behavioural assessment questions. Once you have completed these and determined which type of "Twitch” you’re dealing with, you’re on your way to making use of the given exercises for his/her specific needs. Subtitled A Practical Guide For Parents And Educators To Help Their Little Twitches, this book presents delightful drawings, fun exercises and competent information for parents and teachers. It also offers an opportunity to see your child in a different light, deal with minor issues before they become problems, and most important, creates a positive shared experience!


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