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.

How to Talk to Kids About Trauma, Loss, and Illness

Should you talk to a child, teen, or even a young adult about chronic illness? Are you allowed to use the words illness, sick, dying, and death when talking to kids? How young is too young to tell the absolute truth about these life difficult topics?
 
These are hard conversations, but they are important to have. I was honored to be part of The Chronic Connection Podcast and share strategies for parents and caregivers. Take a listen below.

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:

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 XOKatHarrison and leave a comment about the giveaway.

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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