One of the first things I focus on when getting to know a new kid client is to talk about emotions in a fun and inviting way. Not all emotions are bad but not all emotions are fun. Worry is one of those tricky emotions that can make kids (and adults) feel paralyzed, overwhelmed, tearful, clingy, and angry. It is important for kids to be able to separate themselves from their worry and the most fun way to do this is to create a “Worry Monster”. This helps kids name their emotion and identify some of the scary things the worry monster says like, “What if you get lost from your parents?” “What if something is hiding in the closet?” “What happens if I have a bad thought?”. Externalizing worry is an important way to regain control of emotions and remember that we don’t have to listen or take seriously everything our worry monster tells us. Sometimes we need to put the worry monster to bed! This article is a great tool for parents to help their child tame their worry monster.