Surgery on Sunday: Spotlight and Giveaway

We all know how frightening surgery can be for children and their parents. Child life specialists do their best to provide proper education and preparation for this new experience while instilling coping skills. Incorporating children’s books can also be a useful tool to help process information and encourage open dialogue about feelings.

I’m excited to share a newly published book that does just this. Surgery on Sunday, helps children understand what this new experience we be like, while also providing a role for them. It is colorful, engaging, and validates emotions. It is definitely a new favorite of mine.

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Helping kids get comfortable wearing a mask during COVID-19

Many communities are strongly recommending children and adults to wear masks while out in public. Here are some quick tips to help your kids cope with this new change.

  • Explain what COVID-19 is in simple language that they can understand.
  • Provide opportunities to play and get comfortable with the mask.
  • Give lots of choices.
    • Materials to use
    • Color and design options
    • Decorating
  • Validate their emotions and normalize them.
    • “It is frustrating that we have to wear masks.”
    • “I’m sad too that we have to do this.”

Here is a fun Mask Coloring Page that can also be used to help kids cope with this new experience. If your child has to go to the doctor, they will see medical providers wearing similar protective masks. This is an Activity Sheet that can prepare kids while providing opportunities to feel validated.

Animal coloring sheet created by Sarah Nunnally
Activity sheet created by Emma Fratangelo, MS, CCLS & Stephen Browne

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The Puddle Jumper’s Guide to Kicking Cancer: Spotlight and Giveaway

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be incredibly traumatizing. Families have to adapt to a new world that is filled with doctor appointments, chemo, hospitalizations, and side effects. There are supportive medical providers, such a child life specialists, oncologists, and nurses that become part of the family. They offer education and resources to make this new transition more manageable, so families can feel empowered.

I’m happy to share a new resource that was inspired by one family’s cancer journey. I hope that you can add this to your library and support families coping with cancer.

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