Scaredies Away Blog

  1. What People Say About Scaredies Away!

    I could go on and on (and I have!) about how great Scaredies Away is for helping children and their parents to overcome debilitating worry and anxiety but instead I'll let the experts share their opinions and experiences!




    Professional Reviews and Testimonials




    This illustrated kids' book will help young ones handle their panic. The simple steps for identifying, acknowledging and releasing fear offer a useful method for helping younger children move past panic into a place of confidence; high-quality, vibrant illustrations provide an appealing mix of wide-eyed energy and bobble-headed attitude; colorful cartoon characters in a tidy five-step program for anxious pre-adolescents' anxiety can be transformed into a sense of personal power. –Kirkus Review


    'This wonderful book is a must for all parents to help their children to normalize the symptoms of anxiety. What a gift to give to our children.'


    -Dr. Harry Barry, MD, author and mental health advocate




    "I like the simplicity of the technique and its portability. You can pretty much do it anywhere for a wide range of anxiety. One child told me that she quietly made a fist under her desk at school and did this technique and was able to inconspicuously calm herself. The books will obviously provide a more detailed explanation of this technique" –Dr. Plimpton


    "I purchased this book because genetically, for centuries, my biological family has dealt with severe anxiety. I wanted this DNA issue to be understood and handled properly. For myself, my children and my grandchildren I knew there just had to be a solution! This book teaches us all, no matter the age, how to easily handle those scardy feelings we have without allowing them to control our lives and stop us from living our lives to the fullest! I give this wonderful book 5 stars! A+! Very entertaining, well written, educational and enlightening! It has now become my 4 year old Grandson's favorite book! He used to be so scared of the dark and to sleep in his own room, but now he takes the book to bed with him to remind himself that he is in control over those old scary feelings. Now he is happy and feels like a super hero! Excellent indeed!- Michelle Anne Cox-Lomas, Ph.D-Review Maven 

    "We have read Scaredies Away as a bedtime story several times and my son, who is usually happy to let his sister do the bedtime story choosing, has requested it many more times." - Bury Family Life- The Family magazine for Bury, Lancashire UK

    Beautifully illustrated Scaredies Away! is an important book dealing with childhood anxiety...I was fascinated with the simplicity of the presentation and it's easy to comprehend techniques...This will serve as a reference or a guide for me...Scaredies Away! is a must have book in our bookshelves." -A Timeline of Destiny Blog Review 

    "Children get scared. And if their fears are not coped with in childhood, they follow them into adulthood and affect relationships, professionally and personally. I have worked with Barry's Panic Away program for some years and recommend it to individuals who needed additional assistance. I am grateful for this additional tool to have to share with global families on dealing with panic, fear and anxiety." - Judy Helm Wright, Author and Parent Educator 

    "The back of the book has very helpful tips and insights for parents to better understand anxiety which I think is awesome. I really, we really liked this book and would recommend it to any parent who is looking for a way to help their child cope with worry and anxiety." - -makemommygosomethingsomething Blog Review 

    "If only my parents had known what to do about my fears back then, I wouldn't have suffered for over 40 years. Scaredies Away! is a great place for parents to start. And kids will love the characters, colors and art. I loved that the older, popular boy said he had been scared too- letting the child know he is not alone." - Poly Meyers- Co-Founder of Break Free From Anxiety


    If you have an anxious little one,Scaredies Away! by Stacy Fiorile and Barry McDonagh is a fantastic tool for dealing with any number of common children’s fears: the being in the dark, sleeping in a “big kid” bed, swimming, going on rides, or trying something new.


    As Jack learns to conquer his fear of Big Red, the biggest, scariest roller coaster, the authors teach the Magic Fingers Countdown method, applicable in any fear-laden situation.

    While providing a valuable tool for families with the countdown, the story is also reassuring, emphasizing that it is natural to feel scared sometimes.

    --Everyday Parent Blog


  2. Is There Something Wrong With My Kid? #Anxiety


    Is there something wrong with my kid? #Anxiety


    I get a lot of questions from parents about their kid's worry and anxiety.


    Is this normal? I get that a lot.


  3. Parents of Anxious Kids Must See This

    If you don't quite get it.

    Why they are so sensitive and anxious.

    Your kid has anxiety- but you just don't understand.

    Check this out parents. Must see

  4. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Happy Friday!


    We just lowered our book price significantly for Valentine's Day! We want to make sure everyone has access to Scaredies Away!


    Don't forget to send us your pictures of your child reading Scaredies Away! and practicing the MFC!


    We will give a special one on one coaching session with Stacy valued at $100 for the best picture!


    Please send all photos to!


    If you cannot afford our book please email me and share your story. I will be giving away 3 books!











  5. Help Your Child With His/Her Anxiety by Doing This

    We all know that it is important to have a good base from which to set off and explore life in order to confidently develop healthy future relationships. Developing trust early on is vital to healthy relationship. Trusting in your caregivers to feed you, keep you warm and safe are the beginnings of viewing a world through a healthy perspective. Years ago I set out to study Maternal and Paternal Sensitivity and It's Effect On Attachment for my graduate thesis. My findings concluded with significance that in fact learning to trust ones parents/caregivers early on significantly impacted later relationships in life. I won’t bore you with the details but in a nutshell a secure base as coined by the famous Psychologist, John Bowlby is vital for developing secure attachments later in life which ultimately help to serve as your buffers when life gets tough. Why do you need to know this? What is a buffer and why does my child need it to help with his/her anxiety?

"Scaredies Away"

A Kids Guide to Overcoming Worry & Anxiety (made simple)