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Family Literacy Day and YourTV Muskoka Interview

Huge Thank You to Yourtv Muskoka for doing an on air interview about this little story. Below is the link if you’d like to watch it. 😊
Special thank you to Lodestar Montessori School, Erin and the Lodestar families for continuing to be so supportive on this journey. 💗
Today is Family Literacy Day, do you have your copy of #SweetHoneyKissesForAnAnxiousBear to read at bedtime?

A question that I have been asked a couple of times is “Why did you write the story with some larger words in it, that is geared for preschool-grade 3/4 age children?”

When writing this story, I was purposeful and intentional when writing each word in the story, to make it  relatable for all audiences and readers. It was my hope that some of these unfamiliar words for the younger little bear readers would spark conversation between children and their parents or educators. It would offer a starting point for clarification questions, which would help foster that growth mindset for mindfulness and building on their emotional and self expression foundation. On family literacy day (and every day) let’s keep these conversations going with our little ones. The more we talk about mental health issues and worries, the less scary they become.

Book Launch!

From the bottom of my incredibly grateful heart, I wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out January 12 for the book launch/signing of #SweetHoneyKissesForAnAnxiousBear. Also a great big THANKS to (the incredibly amazing!) Lodestar Montessori School for graciously allowing me to host this event at here.

I am very humbled by all the kind words and stories that were shared with me, about how this little story has already inspired many conversations with Little Bears regarding emotional regulation, children’s mental health, being a kind friend and supporting individual needs.
Let’s keep these conversations happening, be loud about mental health and help our children have a voice to support their own worries.

*A story that I shared during this event was one of my late father and his words of “wisdom”. He recently passed away, and in many ways, this book was for him. With a hint of sarcasm, his cheeky smirk and twinkle of love in his eyes, he would tell me that I was “annoyingly tenacious” and to channel that tenacity into something productive. I did it Dad and I think tenacity was worth it! Miss ya Dad, but I felt your warmth that day.

Thank you, to each of you near and far for your support and always remember, you can do anything!💗

Stepping out of my comfort zone…

Last week I stepped out of my comfort zone, talked myself through high anxiety and self doubt to show myself and my children that sometimes you need to persevere, be brave and put yourself out there to (hopefully) make a positive difference.

I had an incredible opportunity to present at Nipissing University in North Bay for the 3rd year #socialwork program. It was wonderful to share with the students my own personal #anxietywarrior journey and read my new book #SweetHoneyKissesforanAnxiousBear. We had a great discussion on #anxiety and #mentalhealth from a personal perspective and I was asked some really great questions! One in particular that stood out was, how does someone who doesn’t have anxiety help and support someone they care about that does?

My response back is one that might be useful for others who are in relationships (partner, spouse, parent etc) and friendships with an anxiety warrior.

“Reassure them that they are safe, loved and supported.”

Anxiety is about fear. Any and all types of fears/worries and do you know what helps?…Knowing we have a strong support team that surrounds us with patience, kindness and love. Little reminders to take a breath, to cry and even to laugh are great too.

Thank you Nippissing University!💗

Muskoka mom pens book to help ‘little bears’ cope with childhood anxiety

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Special thank you to the lovely, Alison Brownlee from the Muskokaregion.com. I had the honor to sit down for an interview with her to discuss the publication of Sweet Honey Kisses for an Anxious Bear.

https://www.muskokaregion.com/community-story/9032645-muskoka-mom-pens-book-to-help-little-bears-cope-with-childhood-anxiety/?fbclid=iwar3ma52m8l1kla_2heyxuhgte4vuqyqnl06ztlxyhdmi6u-c9jfsv38ad3m

I am so humbled and feel very grateful for the positive support and feedback that I have received from this little story. I hope it helps parents, care providers and educators start these important conversations about children’s mental health, so we can advocate and help our little people persevere through their worries.

 

My journey to publication. An open and honest piece about #mentalhealth

July 10, 2018                                                                                                                                            Those who know me well, know that my journey with anxiety has been fairly public.
I’m not afraid to talk about it because talking brings awareness and advocacy.
Lately, it seems the universe has been drawing me to do more for this and share more of my story, which also involves one of my children.
I wasn’t diagnosed with anxiety until I was well into adulthood because it wasn’t something that was talked about in my early childhood days.
When our child started to show signs of anxiety, I knew that I had to be the voice for him until he was able to express himself and his emotions.
Back in July, we were presented with an opportunity to speak on this subject on 
#Cityline in Toronto.
So, we left our small town at the crack of dawn to head to the “big city”.
In true Circus fashion, we were late getting to the studio thanks to a delay on the subway but none-the-less made it there in time to be mic’d and seated in the audience, bribing both children with something sweet as a reward if they just “sat nice and didn’t pick their noses, pull wedges or fart” while the camera was anywhere near our vicinity.
Fast forward to an hour later and it was my turn to talk. I shared some of the early signs of anxiety that we saw in our Son and I am forever grateful for this opportunity.
Because, you see-by talking about it we educate others. By talking about it we advocate for those who feel they don’t have a voice. By talking about it, it helps others not feel alone.
Advocating about this topic has been near to my heart for a while, which is the inspiration behind my first children’s book that has been published; “
Sweet Honey Kisses For An Anxious Bear” that is all about pediatric anxiety. My hope is to have it in every early years classroom and home to start those conversations.

Our local news source also did a write up about it back in July as well.
Bottom line, reach out. Seek help. Know that you’re not alone. We need to talk about it. For ourselves and our children. It’s terrifying to talk about it, but not talking about it is much worse. ✌🏼#LetsBeTheChange
#LetsGetLoudForMentalHealth

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