In honor of Family Day weekend here in Alberta, I am pleased to bring you a guest blog by a friend. She is an author and publisher that writes books to help kids face stress as well as books for adults. I love her book and thought you would all benefit from seeing it and hearing from her. Please check out her books at Flying Turtle. Comment and share here on my blog to enter as 1 person on my blog will win an copy of her book. Want a preview or get a bunch for your kids and grandkids… ORDER HERE. Enjoy your long weekend and find your peace place.
We all want to believe that our kids have happy, carefree lives, but in today’s fast-paced world that’s rarely the case. In reality, even very young children experience some kind of stress; for example, the stress of being separated from parents.
Stress results from trying to meet all of the demands placed on us. These demands usually come from outside sources — our families, jobs, friends, or school. Too many people have to cope with such environmental stressors as poverty and violence.
Stress also can come from within; usually related to what we think should be versus what actually is. We want to be thinner, bigger, faster, smarter, prettier, stronger and wealthier. School-aged children who may be struggling with a subject compare themselves to others who grasp lessons more quickly. Children with any physical, neurological or health challenge want to be like average kids.
Even with the best intentions, as parents we may contribute to our children’s stress levels. Often kids are too busy to have time to play creatively or relax after school. Sometimes, in our efforts to give our kids every opportunity to excel, we forget that they need time to rest, doodle, read for fun or just daydream.
It is important for children (and their loved ones) to learn a variety of techniques to help with self-regulation—ways to calm and focus themselves. As they grow, children continue to benefit by the knowledge that they have the power to control the effects of outside stimuli. They learn that they don’t need to look outside of themselves for comfort. That’s a real confidence booster.
My co-author, Lori Bortnick was the catalyst for this book. For more than 15 years, Lori has been an early childhood educator in inner-city schools. She sees the effects of stress on very young kids every day. At first all she had was a title and an idea, but we worked together to create a book that hopefully will inspire children.
In My Peace Place, children can explore different techniques for calming and centering themselves. The book is written with an easy rhyming scheme to be soothing to young minds, but the ideas for stress reduction are good for all ages, even adults!
Mari L Barnes writes for children under the pen name of Mari Lumpkin and for adults as ML Barnes. Her books, Parting River Jordan and Crossing River Jordan are proof that church can be funny. Mari’s company, Flying Turtle Publishing, specializes in books that families can share.
To see Flying Turtle Publishing’s Virtual Book Tour schedule and be entered to WIN a $10 Amazon Gift Card in our monthly drawing, click here.
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