Words Worth Repeating: Spotlight and Giveaway

Parents, child life specialists, and teachers are always looking for a book to help kids cope with a challenging situations. Maybe it’s a new medical diagnosis, understanding the loss of a loved one, or relocating after a natural disaster. Books can provide a safe space for children, through validation and learning new coping skills.

I’m thrilled to introduce our guest blogger, Laura Camerona. She is a child life specialist, parent, and founder of Words Worth Repeating

Guest Blogger, Laura Camerona, Founder of Words Worth Repeating

Words Worth Repeating (WWR) is a child life specialist-owned business that creates books for families and organizations. WWR was founded on the idea that kids benefit from getting the information they can understand from the people who love and care for them. WWR creates customized books for specific children and families.  WWR also partners with organizations to create more global books that can support children going through similar situations such as: having a sibling in the NICU, losing a loved one to suicide, or losing a baby to stillbirth. The books are written by a Child Life Specialist and use many phrases or descriptions that have proven helpful in real-life situations.

It’s not just a product, it’s a service.

The goal is to provide a comfortable process where WWR and a family collaborate to create a product that gives children the words they need to express their feelings and understand their situation. These books can be used as a way to educate their peers and classmates, support kids, who are grieving and give parents words to have hard conversations. Many families find that the process of creating these books with Words Worth Repeating is therapeutic.  Words Worth Repeating gathers information from families through email or video chat. Families receive support and advice regarding what words and support might be helpful for their children. The words for the books are written by a child life specialist, but families always have the last say and the ability to change every aspect.  Photos from the family are used as illustrations from the book but are supplemented with watercolor illustrations and color to pull kids in.

Journey Books

A customized children’s book about any condition a child or their loved one is experiencing. It is impossible to find a book about a condition that has all the details just right. WWR offers the ability to create a book about an individual’s journey. A child life specialist, who has experience with children in stressful healthcare situations, will work with you to create a book specifically about your child or your child’s loved one and their diagnosis, illness, or disability. Some examples of subjects that WWR has created Journey Books about are: diabetes, cancer, hand anomaly, rare syndrome, loved one’s dementia, and a loved one’s intellectual disability

Legacy Books

A customized children’s book about a loved one who has died (could be a recent death of someone the child never met). Help keep the legacy of their loved one alive, by having a storybook about them created. Books are written in words that children can understand and focus on the connection between the child and the deceased person. General concepts about death, death rituals, and/or your family’s beliefs can be included. WWR will collaborate with you to create the right book for your child and your situation. These books can be appropriate for a recent death or a relative they never met. Your child can tell you about the characters in their books and TV shows, but do they remember everything about their loved one who has died?

Universal Books

WWR has self-published a few books based on needs experienced while working in a children’s hospital.  These books were created in a way that represents no specific race, culture, religion, or family demographics. The books are written in a way that helps caregivers start conversations, explain complex topics, and support feelings.  These hard words are put right into the caregiver’s mouths

In addition, WWR now partners with organizations to create additional books that focus on each organization’s mission to educate and support unique groups and families.  Most recently, WWR is publishing a book created in partnership with the Iowa SIDS Foundation to support siblings after a SIDS death and a book in partnership with Mindspring Mental Health Alliance to support feelings and educate after a child’s loved one dies of suicide. Click here to learn more.

How to connect

Words Worth Repeating is excited to collaborate and create something unique and special. For more information, check out our website: www.wordsworthrepeating.com and follow Words Worth Repeating on Facebook: @WordsWorthRepeatingBooks or on Instagram: @words.worth.repeating  Several of WWR’s Universal Books are also available on Amazon and other online outlets.

Our winner of the giveaway will get to choose between a  Universal Book or a 15% discount to a Customized Book Creation.

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 Words Worth Repeating and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and  @Words.Worth.Repeating and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 6/24/22.

Easing Hospital Fears with 4Umedicaldesigns

Guest Blogger, Nick Nastasi from 4UMedicaldesigns

What is 4Umedicaldesigns?

At 4Umedicaldesigns we have a mission to reduce medical anxiety by decorating dismal/intimidating medical devices like IV bags and syringes to look more child friendly. As a child, our founder Nicholas Nastasi was briefly on an IV bag and also had a huge fear of needles, so he decided to create a product to help alleviate these medical worries for young children. Our patent-pending medical device stickers cover the blank portion of a syringe or IV bag with kid-friendly images and don’t cover any of the measurements or information on the device.

Who does it help?

4Umedicaldesigns Medical Stickers help pediatric patients that receive needles procedures and IV bags. Studies show that decorative IV bags reduced patient aversion by 83%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 73%. Decorative syringes reduced patient aversion by 79%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 51% (Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center).

Where to purchase

Our IV bag and syringe stickers can be purchased at 4umedicaldesigns.com where we offer a range of different sticker designs and sizes. For large order inquiries and quotes, we can be reached at info@4Umedicaldesigns.com.

We will be giving away a choice of IV bag or syringe stickers 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  @4Umedicaldesigns and leave a comment about the giveaway.

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

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 4/21/22.

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.