Migraine and Mia: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Kat Harrison, Author of Migraine and Mia

Mia lives with chronic migraine. Believe it or not, a migraine is more than just a headache. Mia’s chronic migraine often makes her body feel like a full-on pain parade with a marching band behind her eyeballs! Sometimes she even sees dots, stripes, and a whole kaleidoscope of colors. While chronic migraine really is no fun at all, there are small ways that friends and family can help when one strikes. Written with humor and pizzazz, Migraine and Mia is the perfect way to educate children about chronic migraine, an often-misunderstood health condition, and what family and friends can do to better help support those who live with it.

Inspiration for The Book

Award-winning author Kat Harrison was diagnosed with chronic migraine when she was 15. Kat struggles to remember a time when she wasn’t in pain every single day. For such a common condition, migraine is incredibly misunderstood. There are significantly more symptoms than people realize, and a variety of migraine types that exist. When Harrison was looking at the picture book market, there was a huge hole in books that accurately portray chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability — so her daily life inspired her to write them. Picture books are such a foundational format for bringing both depth and levity to serious topics.

What would you like children and their parents to take away from this story?

Harrison hopes to educate readers that migraine is so much more than just a headache! That statement is a large premise to the story — this idea that a migraine is a full-body test in pain and endurance, and there are small ways family and friends can help. Kat wants the book to entertain as well as educate. She believes that there is a huge stigma against health books — that they’re “boring” or “too niche.”  She is proving with each book that this is simply not true. It’s possible to tackle something like a diagnosis and still show mastery of craft and a creative arc, and Harrison has achieved that.

What gave you the idea to write about medical and health issues that children may encounter?

Harrison got the idea after taking many lukewarm trips to the library. In most children’s collections, there are a very limited number of fictional picture books that tackle health conditions with honesty and realism. While there is a definite place in the canon for books that center on animals and general hospital experiences, Harrison wanted to take it one step further and write from the perspective of a patient. There is no substitute for health stories written by people who actually live them.

Author Bio

Kat Harrison is the award-winning author of Surgery on Sunday and Migraine and Mia. She’s a chronic illness advocate from Michigan and has shared her story with organizations like the American Migraine Foundation and the National Headache Foundation, as well as outlets like Real Simple and The Mighty. Much like Mia (but a little bit older), she has lived with chronic migraine for over eighteen years.

We will be giving away a copy of Migraine and Mia to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

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4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @XOKat, and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 12/15/21.

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Why a Family Dentist Is the Best Option for Your Family

Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

A family dentist provides dental service to members of the family regardless of age. The services include dental checkups, cleaning, x-rays, fillings, and fluoride treatment, among others. You benefit more from having a family dentist, as you will notice from the information below.

It Makes Dental Care Simple and Convenient

A family dentist provides oral health care at all stages of life. Family dentists have the experience to treat all family members, from children to elderly grandparents. There will be no need to find a dentist for each member of the family. One dentist will take care of everyone, saving you the trouble of setting appointments at different dental clinics and organizing how each will attend. You can set up an appointment for all family members to get treatment on the same day unless there is an emergency. Children will be comfortable and committed to dental checkups if they see the same dentist from a young age until they grow up.

Consistent Dental Care

Family dentists know the dental history of all relatives in the unit, and it helps with the early detection of problems. They maintain a record of dental diseases, allergies, sensitivities, or surgeries. The proactive quickly notice new symptoms since the last checkup and decide on the appropriate action. Knowledge of family history helps to determine suitable treatments based on long-time information.

A family dentist also knows about genetic issues and watches out for their appearance. For instance, family doctors who treated family members with orthodontic issues will be vigilant when treating subsequent generations. They also inform you about the treatment options that can manage your family circumstances in a better way.

Eliminates Dental Anxiety

Children and some adults grapple with dental phobia and anxiety that makes them delay or avoid an appointment with a dentist. Checkup by a family dentist that everyone trusts help to overcome dental anxiety because there is no fear that something terrible will happen. Children gain confidence and become comfortable about dental checkups or treatment if they notice a family dentist also attends to you and other adult relatives. Family members are more likely to open up to a dentist if they share a bond due to frequent encounters.

Preventative Care

A family dentist wants the best for their clients, as the position makes someone feel like a relative. Dedicated family dentists teach preventative practices to prevent general and severe problems such as tooth decay. You also get essential guidelines concerning daily oral care, toothpaste, and diet to maintain healthy teeth. A family dentist also updates you about the current dentistry practices and technologies to improve oral care.

In conclusion, a family dentist builds a lasting relationship and gives you the convenience to consult about oral hygiene without reservation. The comfort extends to the whole family. It is also reassuring that you can book a prompt appointment without going through a lengthy procedure.

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Supporting Children with Coping Kits: Spotlight and Giveaway on Childhood Matters

I love coping kits! It’s a great way for children to feel validation and find healthy ways to express their emotions. Coping kits are also great gift ideas for families adapting to changes such as a new baby, illness, or loss of a loved one.

I’m thrilled to feature Childhood Matters, as their coping kits are filled with fun and supportive tools for families.

Guest Blogger, Shaleena Tareen from Childhood Matters

Childhood Matters is a small business that designs curated toolboxes to meet the needs of children navigating through major life events. Their coping toolboxes offer resources utilizing play therapy, bibliotherapy, ecotherapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and sensory integration to help children prepare and cope with big emotions. They are big believers in play and all their activities make play a priority.

The following Curated Toolboxes are available at Childhood Matters:

The purpose of teaching mindfulness through this tool box is to give children skills to develop an awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for control.

The grief box consists of tools to help a child, sibling, or parent grieve, cope, heal and grow. Through this toolkit, resources are provided for understanding the grieving process, coping with different kinds of loss, and how to provide age-specific support to children

Play is therapeutic for children and it helps a child transition from feeling upset or worried to a state of flow. Flow states occur when a child is deeply absorbed in play. This is when they discover new things, increase their exploration, and even work through stressors they may feel. This toolbox is especially helpful for a hospitalized child.

The self-identity/diversity toolbox was designed to help support the development of a strong sense of self and help children learn about diversity and inclusion. It strives to cultivate compassion and kindness towards one’s self and others

The Nature toolbox was designed to encourage children to be outdoors, connect with nature, and have a greater appreciation for the environment. Nature therapy reduces children’s stress levels and enhances their health and mental performance

The Childhood Matter’s Wellness Toolbox was created as a tool to support parents or other caregivers in helping their children manage the medical experience. This coping tool was developed to increase positive coping strategies utilizing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral coping techniques (e.g., relaxation, play, social support seeking).

The sensory toolbox holds a variety of sensory and distraction activities that can be used to both calm and stimulate a child’s sensory system.  Sensory activities, or re-centering activities, are the perfect way to help children get from a place of anxiousness to a place of regulation. These tools are often used with children who need to go through painful and stressful procedures.

The older sibling toolbox was designed to help children prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The arrival of a new baby brings many changes to a family, and sometimes older siblings have a hard time adjusting. Preparing your children for their younger sibling can help ease this transition. Makes a great gift for the expecting sibling from parents, friends, and family members.

Build Your Box & Ala Carte

In addition to the curated toolboxes, you also have the option of building your own box by picking out the items of your choice to add to the box. Individual items and books can be purchased from the ala carte  section of the website

We will be giving away 1 Coping Toolbox to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends. 
  3. Facebook: Follow Childhood Matters and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Childhood.Matters tag two friends.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 11/20/21. Open to U.S. residents.