My kids have a CD they have listened to for a couple of years now. It is called Five Funny Critters and it's designed to help children (especially nervous ones) deal with typical childhood anxieties.
There is the groundhog who is afraid of his shadow. There is the caterpillar who is afraid of change. There is the beagle who does not want to run with the pack. There is the fish who doesn't want to go to school, and there is the bear who doesn't want to go to sleep.
The narrator delivers the stories in a soothing respectful tone.
When we first got the CD, my kids wanted to hear it every night. That lasted for months, and then it was on to other things, but occasionally they still ask for it. It's still in the pile by the CD player in the hall between the kids rooms, for easy access.
Last week, Riley had a problem. She seemed pretty worried. She wanted to me know there was a problem, but didn't want to tell me specifics. I pried a little, making sure it wasn't a safety/body issue, and then had to concede. She wanted to work something through on her own, and I had to respect that.
At bed, she told HT, "I have a plan about my problem."
"That's great! What are you going to do?" He asked.
"I'm going to listen to Five Funny Critters to take my mind off it, and then I'm going to be asleep."
We never heard another thing about the problem, whatever it was.
There are a few little critters I'd like to thank.