When Our Worries Get Too Big!
"When you are feeling anxious, remember that you are still you. You are not your anxiety." — Deanne Repich
Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for some people, it can be an ongoing problem. When there are anxious feelings or worry that becomes overwhelming for your child, there are several techniques and coping skills you can utilize. This video talks about this and reinforces that feeling anxious is common.
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"The F.A.N. Club puppets teach you stuff that is important, like not to bully."
– David, 7
"I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us."
– Alexis, 9
"Every time we heard the F.A.N. Club was coming, we knew it was going to be a good day!"
– Callum H.
"After all these years, I still sing the Friends and Neighbours Club them song, and now my kids sing along with me."
– Erin W., a former student.
"As an educator, I looked forward to F.A.N. Club presentation. Why? Because not only did it meet the educational requirements with the Ontario mandated curriculum, but it also gave my students the opportunity to talk freely about the issues discussed."
– Liz M.
"I loved seeing my child’s face light up when the F.A.N. Club came to visit."
– A grateful parent
My children are all grown now, but I wish that when they were in school, they had had access to something like the F.A.N. Club. It deals with many of the hard issues that young people experience while growing up in a very age-appropriate and relatable way. The F.A.N. Club helps them to learn coping strategies and the correct words to help them express themselves and navigate their way through some pretty tough situations. I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I know she would have benefited from a program like this when she was younger.
– Jan Watkins
I remember the F.A.N club bringing to life topics that were sometimes difficult for kids to talk about. The skits related to real-life situations children and their families would be dealing with and sometimes not talked about. The puppets/puppeteers broke down those barriers for kids where they could feel safe to ask questions and be entertained at the same time.
– Sharon Neff