2020, Year in Review

Happy New Year! What a crazy ride 2020 has been. I want to thank you all for continuing to inspire me to be a better mother, child life specialist, and human. At the beginning of the year, I was just getting some groundwork for child life collaboration within my community. Everything was halted with the pandemic. I quickly pivoted with the changes and was able to insert my services through telehealth and in-person sessions.

Thank you to community organizations that allowed me to connect with your families and provide caregiver workshops.

Thank you to the families that allowed me to work with your children in-person and through telehealth.

Thank you to the child life academic programs for the opportunity to connect with students.

Thank you to my amazing colleagues for continuing to push me in creative ways.

Thank you to my guest bloggers, authors, and program leaders for sharing your amazing resources.

Thank you to my friends for keeping me grounded and reminding me that I am a good mom.

Thank you to my family for always loving and supporting me.

Thank you, 2020 for allowing me to grow.

Cheers to a new year filled with hope, health, and happiness.

Feelings are Flags: Spotlight and Giveaway

This past year has been incredibly challenging. We have all been dealing with grief over the loss of normalcy, routines, social interactions, and family traditions. Some may have also experienced the loss of a loved one during the pandemic. Children have been trying to navigate this new normal with uncertainties and constant change. One way to help children cope is to name and validate their emotions. They need to feel understood and have an outlet to express themselves.

I often incorporate books when working with children. Staying within the metaphor, children feel validated and can learn valuable coping skills. I’m excited to share a new children’s book with you today, Feelings are Flags. It is a lovely children’s book that is written by a local author in my community.

Guest Blogger, Abigail Morales author of Feelings Are Flags

“Sometimes life is full of big feelings. They swell up in our chests and take over our dealings.” This is a sensation every person knows. Big or small, young or old, everyone has feelings. But why do we have them? What are they for? And most importantly, how do we make the big, bossy ones move along? These are great questions! Emotional management is an important skill for everyone to learn. Feelings Are Flags was written to help enable young children to identify why they have feelings and how to use them in a productive way.

It is the first in a series written for my own children. The current social and emotional climate has left them struggling, making it important that I speak in a more purposeful way so as to direct the conversation specifically towards habits and approaches that might alleviate the burden. Somewhere along the way, they evolved into picture books aimed at 4 – 8-year-olds. Through the lessons and coping mechanisms depicted within the series, I hope to encourage healthy emotional development so that children might grow to enjoy bright futures.

Purchase your copy today and be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook.

Author Bio
Abigail Morales is a new independently published author primarily focused on children’s development, living in California with her husband and their three children.

We will be giving away a copy of Feelings are Flags 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 a friend.
  3. Facebook: Follow Abigail Morales Writer
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @AbigailMorales 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 1/2/21.

Wellness Journal Supporting Children with a Chronic Illness: Spotlight and Giveaway

Living with a chronic illness is life-altering. When children are diagnosed with an illness they need additional supportive tools. Child life specialists play an important role in providing medical education, creative outlets, and coping skills. Often times, they use books with a similar theme that a child can relate to.

I’m excited to introduce a new addition to the children’s book Tiger Livy. The co-author, Erin Garcia has created a wellness journal that can be used with or without the children’s book. Learn more below and be sure to enter the giveaway.

Guest Blogger, Erin Garcia Co-Author of Tiger Livy

The Tiger Livy Wellness Journal will motivate anyone, regardless of their life circumstances. This journal is connected to the children’s book Tiger Livy, the story of a young girl who unexpectedly gets very sick. Her journey towards health inspires empathy, patience, and grit in its readers.

Even if you haven’t read Tiger Livy, this journal is the perfect way to get to know yourself a little bit better. Journalers gain perspective by naming feelings, observations, and concerns, and recalling important life events. Each week’s entry has a place to track gratitude, important events, feelings, and reflect on the prior week.

Establishing this healthy habit even 10-15 minutes a week impacts your overall health and happiness in a significant way. You can also color in the coloring pages if you enjoy tapping into your creative side. Also added are some extra note pages, in case you need a bit of extra room for those busy weeks. At the end of your weekly entries, there is an awesome year in review page to remind you of how much you’ve grown.

Your weekly journal entries will encourage you in challenging times, motivate you to savor happy moments, promote gratitude and overall wellness, and remind you of all the brilliance you possess. We hope you start your Tiger Livy Wellness Journal today and reap all the benefits it has to offer.

Currently, the journal is available on Etsy, and in a few weeks, will be available on Amazon too.

We will be giving away a copy of Tiger Livy Welness Journal 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 a friend.
  3. Facebook: Follow Tiger Livy Project.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @TigerLivyProject tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 12/2/20.

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