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.

Eddie’s Brave Journey: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Randi Pearlman Wolfson, Author of Eddie’s Brave Journey 

If you could see the heart of a grieving child, it might look larger than expected. That’s because it grows in size to encompass confusion, fear, sadness, loneliness, and love.

If you could place a stethoscope on the heart of a grieving child, this is what you might hear: “Why me?” “I’m scared.” “Who will take care of me?” “I’m confused.” “It was my fault.”

Setting out on a courageous journey after his Grandpa Joe has died, Eddie Elephant learns from other animals about the feelings of grief and how to help his heart begin healing. A sweet little squirrel named Solly accompanies Eddie on his journey, asking just the right questions of the reader to help address his/her own grief.

Parents and caregivers can rest assured that the heartwarming words on each page are based on well-respected and documented grief theory.  This is the perfect grief resource for children ages 2-10 years old.

Where to purchase

Get your copy at www.EddiesBraveJourney.com.

Author Bio

Randi Pearlman Wolfson is a Los Angeles-based grief educator and author. After experiencing the death of her dad when she was 10 years old, it became her life-long dream to provide hope and healing to grieving children and adults. For nearly 20 years, she has educated the community, including mental health professionals, clergy, students, teachers, and various other professionals, on the topic of grief.  As founder/writer at Grief & GRITS on Facebook and Instagram, Randi provides a caring heart and voice for grievers. 

We will be giving away a copy of Eddie’s Brave Journey 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 Grief and Grits and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @GriefandGrits tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 7/2/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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If Grandma Were Here: Spotlight and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to introduce a new children’s book about grief and loss. If Grandma Were Here is a beautifully written book that helps young children feel validated with the loss of a loved one. The illustrations and theme of the story can help children find ways to continue to honor their loved ones after a loss.

Guest Blogger, Amber Bradbury author of If Grandma Were Here

If Grandma were here, what would you do together? Would you sing a song? Go on an amazing adventure? Or give each other a giant hug? Enjoy this treasure chest of memories filled with real, diverse characters! This is a perfect way for families who miss their grandma to remember her kindness and love.

Recommended for ages 3–7.

The Inspiration behind the book

Amber Bradbury was inspired to write “If Grandma Were Here,” by two very separate emotions… joy and sorrow. Joy in experiencing the loving relationships she had with her mother, great-grandmother, paternal and maternal grandmothers growing up in a very tight-knit family. And sorrow, due to two tragic losses. That of her own mother—from a random act of violence—and of her paternal grandmother in a car accident—that deprived her kids of all the experiences Amber wished they all could have had together if both were still alive today.

Realizing that such feelings of loss must be universal, Amber wanted to create a way for all children—especially those from diverse backgrounds and mixed families—to connect with the loving grandmothers and great-grandmothers who might have passed from this life, but could still be a part of theirs.

Knowing all too well how important it is to express emotions—especially those of grief—even with very young children, Amber strongly feels that books like hers can be truly cathartic for young readers and adults alike. Together they can relate to and experience how the sadness of loss can be uplifted by the happiness of knowing their loved ones are still very much with them, in their own hearts and minds, to share every new adventure as they grow up.

Where to Purchase

If Grandma Were Here is available at Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, and at Ifgrandmawerehere.com.

Author Bio:

Amber now juggles life as a writer in upstate New York with being a wife, mom, and caregiver to her father-in-law in a lively, multi-generational household that leaves little time for her other passion—photography—but does provide much inspiration for her newest book, “If Grandpa Were Here,” now in the works. She hopes everyone who has ever loved—and been loved—by a doting grandparent and great-grandparent will want to include both books in their personal libraries as a source of comfort, inspiration, and joy.

We will be giving away a copy of If Grandma Were Here and a handmade tote bag 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 Peace Love and Press and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @PeaceLoveandPress tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy and @_AmberBradbury_ 

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 5/17/21. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.