When We Stayed Home: Spotlight and Giveaway

The pandemic is confusing for young children. I was thrilled to see a newly published children’s book that helps families cope with the unprecedented time of loss, frustration, and hope. Learn more about this wonderful book and be sure to enter the giveaway.

Guest Blogger, Tara Fass, and Judith Proffer.

When Covid-19 traveled the globe, we were prompted to stay home, wash our hands frequently, socially distance, and wear masks to remain safe and help the helpers. For children who don’t yet grasp the concept of time and haven’t weathered enough life to understand the art of endurance, it’s been a particularly complicated and sometimes trying time.

When We Stayed Home looks at one young boy’s pandemic journey and through colorful illustrations and heartfelt prose we see how he has used his trusty imagination and childlike creativity to navigate the trials of staying home day after day, becoming a super-helper in the process while missing family, friends, school and the “normal” life he once knew. From decorating adorable toilet paper-shaped sugar cookies, building forts, painting, and doing puzzles to frequent screen dates and dance parties with family and friends, young children will relate to his joys and sadnesses and how they too found connection and even serene moments of happiness while isolating. The book will comfort, entertain, and stir conversation about feelings and experiences the youngest stay-at-homers have experienced during these improbable times.

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Author Bio

Written by Tara Fass, LMFT, and Judith A. Proffer, the book was inspired by Proffer’s five-year-old nephew, who continued to find big moments of mirth in-home, nature, adventures, and activities while at times tearfully longing for the virus to go far, far away. Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist Fass has worked with families during the pandemic to navigate its bumpy road with tools, optimism, and hope.

We will be giving away a copy of When We Stayed Home to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 9/27/20.

Mom Writes Children’s Picture Book to Help Kids Cope with Anxiety

Guest Post on Anxious Ellie

As people across the country practice mindfulness in light of Coronavirus fears, one Charlotte mom wants kids to know that it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious sometimes. Danielle Price has released Anxious Ellie, a children’s book published by Charlotte-based Warren Publishing.

Anxious Ellie is a sweet story that helps children understand that, even though you feel afraid, you never have to feel alone. Complete with delightful illustrations by Nana Gonzales, this twenty-two-page book, available in both hard and softcover formats, normalizes anxiety and promotes mental health for young readers.

Price wrote Anxious Ellie to encapsulate her own childhood experience. “Growing up, I was terrified of dogs,” she says. “I really wanted to love them, but I just couldn’t. I felt isolated from certain places, like parks or friends’ homes, because my anxiety would prevent me from going there.”

“While it may not be dogs or mud puddles, children can experience anxiety in many forms,” Price continued. Her goal for Anxious Ellie is that the book will help children navigate through anxious situations. She wants kids to know that, no matter what anxieties they may face, every person has a unique gift to offer the world and nobody is alone.

From the back cover: Ellie the elephant loves to draw pictures, host tea parties, and nibble on delicious, buttery biscuits. What she does not love, however, is mud. In fact, the mere thought of mud gives her nightmares! Poor Ellie feels left out when all the other elephants go outside to play in the mud puddle. Sometimes, she feels so mad and so sad, it makes her cry. Thankfully, with the help of a good friend––and some yummy, buttery biscuits––Ellie learns that everybody gets scared sometimes, but nobody ever has to be alone.

Anxious Ellie is available at Warren Publishing, Amazon, or ask for it wherever books are sold.

We will be giving away a copy of Anxious Ellie to one lucky winner.

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 6/12/20.

The Hospital Bedtime Story: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Jessica Ehret, Author of The Hospital Bedtime Story

Hospitalization is disruptive to a child’s normal routine. It means that they are either ill or injured, and are requiring the work of medical professionals to diagnose and treat them. For the child, this typically means pain, fear, regression, and separation, to name a few. As parents do their best to navigate the process, child life specialists step in to help mitigate the journey; it is through our skill set and resources that we are able to best provide these services.

Here is a new resource for child life specialists to do just that. The Hospital Bedtime Story is a children’s book that is sure to provide comfort and gentle explanations of the child’s newfound surroundings. Specifically dedicated to patients, families, pediatric health care workers, and child life specialists.

About the book

Riley has been hospitalized and is processing everything that’s going on in the new and unfamiliar environment. From the hospital room itself, to vitals, routine interruption, procedural fear, and bedtime- Riley provides insight from a child’s perspective. Riley’s age and gender are not identified so that more children can relate, or make their own inferences. Riley’s medical condition also remains unspecified in the book, due to the vast range of diagnoses and circumstances that warrant hospitalization.

Who is it intended for?

This book was created for children who are, who will be, or who have been hospitalized. This is also a resource for child life specialists to add to their toolkits. It’s recommended for ages 4-10.

The Hospital Bedtime Story is a great resource to be introduced at the time of hospitalization. Caregivers, nurses, or child life specialists can offer this book to children and families to provide gentle explanations, comfort, normalcy with a bedtime routine, and to encourage positive thinking.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book for 2 reasons; one is professional, and the other personal.

Professional- as a child life specialist, ‘I put myself in my patient’s shoes’ in order to empathize, and to best understand them. On several occasions, I left work for the evening and I continued to think about those families and what the rest of their evening might be like.

Personal- as a mom of two small children, upon getting home after work- it’s dinner, bath, and bedtime. Like ours, most families with young children have bedtime routines that consist of reading books before going to sleep.

So, through both avenues, I saw a need to help normalize this portion of hospitalization for children and families. Many of us go home for the day, while our patients and parents still have the entire night to face. This left me wondering, what more could I do at that point? How could I provide support without my presence, but still offer a resource that is intimate and helpful? Hence, a bedtime story about hospitalization.

Where to purchase?

The book is currently being sold on Barnes and Noble, Amazon in paperback and Kindle version.

We will be giving away a copy of The Hospital Bedtime Stroy to one lucky winner.

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Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/30/20.

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