Supporting Hospitalized Families and Health Care Providers One Sip at a Time. Child Life Coffee: Spotlight and Giveaway

We all know how coffee can be the lifeline to getting through stress. Sitting at the bedside with your child or working long hours in the hospital, caffeine can bring a little pick me up with a sense of normalcy. I was thrilled to learn about one amazing family who has walked alongside their son on his medical journey and found a way to give back to others. Read about the Emo family and how they are making a positive impact on families and medical providers through Child Life Coffee.

Guest Blogger, Todd and Morgan Emo, Founders of Child Life Coffee

Child Life Coffee offers high-quality coffee at competitive prices, but the real benefit of sipping on our coffee is knowing that every purchase provides support to children and families in hospital settings. One cup at a time, CLC supports Child Life Programs that have a direct impact on children’s physical and emotional health and well-being. We also strive to ensure that families and healthcare workers have the energy they need by regularly sending our coffee to local hospitals.

We partnered with several of the finest roasters in the country to create our premium coffee line full of traditional and exotic varieties. Our coffee beans are sourced directly from hard-working, reputable producers around the world, and roasted only after your order is received. Then, it’s shipped directly from our roasters to you in two to three days, ensuring the freshest cup of coffee every time.

By drinking our coffee, you are helping us change lives. You can feel less guilty about your coffee addiction, knowing it is directly restoring hope to children and families who experience a hospitalization. We think you’ll also love receiving fresh, delicious, and affordable coffee right to your doorstep.

Inspiration Behind Child Life Coffee

Our son was diagnosed with an exceedingly rare liver condition called Biliary Atresia. This disease affects about 1 in every 15,000 infants, and most require a liver transplant within their first year of life to survive. James received his life-saving liver transplant when he was just eight months old after a very generous extended family member, who we lovingly refer to as Auntie Elise, stepped forward to donate 30% of her liver. Her courage and selflessness saved James’ life, and for that, we are forever grateful. Even now, there is not a day that goes by where we do not think of her life-altering gift. She may not know it, but she truly is our hero.

During the eight months leading up to his liver transplant, and many months after, our family lived at the hospital. We never left James alone in his hospital crib, and it was a constant battle for his life. Between learning about his condition, navigating being first-time parents, and preparing for his transplant, we felt like we were running an endless marathon.

Along the way, we met many families who were also experiencing hardship, many of whom could not be at their child’s bedside 24/7 like we were for James. We also became acquainted with the healthcare team and got to know every nurse, technician, and staff member on every shift. Around this time, we learned about Child Life Specialists.

The whole medical team did an excellent job treating our baby, but it was the Child Life Specialists who had the most significant impact. They are so passionate about what they do, and they demonstrated it every single day. They always reminded us we were not in this alone and provided us the support and resources we desperately needed at the time. We didn’t know it at the time, but their support helped keep us out of dark places.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase a variety of roasts, flavors, and tease from Childlifecoffee.com. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram

Win a $25.00 gift card to purchase your choice of coffee or tea.  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 Child Life Coffee, tag two friends.
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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 6/11/21. Open to U.S. residents.

 

Supporting the Sandwich Generation: Helping Families Cope with Grief & Loss


Across the nation, approximately 11 million “Sandwich Generation” caregivers simultaneously attend to the needs of their children and an aging loved one while balancing a career, household, and their own health.

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Shani Thornton, Certified Child Life Specialist to facilitate a series of FREE virtual workshops. They will address how loss and grief uniquely affect Sandwich Generation caregivers and their families. In these three sessions, learn more about the nuances of grief, understand how death and loss impact children of different developmental stages and develop skills for fostering healthier familial relationships and coping mechanisms. The series is designed to equip Sandwich Generation caregivers with tools to:

• Identify different types of grief and the nonlinear process
• Reflect on and appreciate that individual members in a family will respond differently
• Model healthy coping skills for children
• Communicate more effectively to encourage stronger family solidarity

Click Here to Register 

Session 1: May 11th 7:30pmPST:

Grief Overview: Different types of grief Sandwich Generation caregivers might encounter

Session 2: May 18th 7:30pmPST:

Family dynamics: How grief manifests at different developmental stages

Session 3: May 25th 7:30pmPST:

Coping with Grief Emotions

Helping Teens Cope with Grief: Spotlight and Giveaway of “If Only”

Guest Blogger, Carole Geithner, author of If Only 

Author and clinical social worker Carole Geithner has recently re-released her coming-of-age novel, If Only, shining a realistic light on navigating grief in adolescents. Moving and sometimes humorous, If Only tells the story of 13-year-old Corinna’s first year struggling with the aching loss of her mother to cancer while having to navigate the more typical coming-of-age dilemmas, with all their awkward intensity.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated grief to a new level of consciousness in our homes and schools. If Only takes place before COVID-19, but its relevance to bringing grief out of the shadows in homes, schools, neighborhoods, and extended families is especially important for readers today.

“While we all experience grief differently, it is my hope that through Corinna’s story, those who are supporting a loved one may develop new understandings. And for those experiencing grief themselves, it is my hope that they find solace and a new friend in Corinna on their journey,” said Carole.

Excerpt from the book

It’s confusing how I want people to acknowledge my mom’s death, but I don’t want to have to talk about it if I’m not in the right mood or place, which is a lot of the time. I think that my father would call that an oxymoron or a conundrum or some other fancy teacher word. Someone should invent a signaling system for awkward but important topics. Green for “It’s a good time,” and red for “It’s not a good time; try again later.” Maybe that’s how I’ll make my million bucks.

About the Author

The emotional power of If Only is informed by Carole’s more than twenty years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with scores of children who have had a parent die, as well as adults whose childhoods were shaped by parent loss. In addition to her clinical practice, Carole leads Writing to Heal workshops for non-profit service organizations. She previously served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine.

For more information on the book and links to purchase, please visit: Carolegeithner.com. Also, be sure to follow If Only on Facebook!

We will be giving away a copy of If Only 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 If Only and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 5/1/21. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.