Mar 172017
 

Empowering Resources

When our kids just started school they came home every day with stories of new ‘friends’, being the friendly, gentle and kind people that they are they get along well with everyone. Sadly it seems that as they get older it is no longer that easy, and getting along with other children is not the same as making real friends. Especially our girls struggle with this, so I knew they would love this gorgeous book by 13-year old author
Pippa Dowling:

In Just like Molly (RRP $17-25) we meet a lovely girl with a fabulous imaginary friend called Molly, they like and dislike all the same things and have the best time together. But when Molly disappears and making friends at the new school turns out to be tricky the world seems rather sad and miserable. Thankfully the sun appears again in the shape of Zoe, a friendly girl in class who shares the same laughs, fears, fun and giggles… just like Molly!

If like mine your little ones have struggled to make friends, this book is a wonderful way to show that there is a perfect friend out there for everyone. Pippa clearly speaks the language of young girls and the bright, colourful illustrations are a joy to look at. My girls loved ‘Just like Molly’!

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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Nov 122016
 

Empowering Resources

As much as I would like to say I am always a happy, bright, fun mum I am afraid I have my bad days too and that’s okay. Just as kids have their happy and sad days parents can struggle with their feelings too, something kids seem to pick up on straight away… This Empowering Resources book tackles the topic of sad feelings and depression in a gentle, easy to understand way:

even-mummy-cries

The problem with those down moments is that sometimes children can take them personally and (often without saying it) they feel responsible or guilt for their parents’ sadness. Obviously that is not at all the case and it’s important to let children know that, even when mum or dad is sad or depressed, they love their children to the moon and back.

even-mummy-cries-book

Even Mummy Cries (RRP $17) is a friendly, warm children’s picture book that oozes love. It will help children understand that the grey clouds that sometimes cover their parent(s) are not all their fault, and that soon enough the sun will shine again and melt away the sadness. Author Naomi Hunter has skilfully captured the feelings of both parents and child which will help the whole family understand each other a bit better during these difficult days.

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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Sep 242016
 

Empowering Resources

One day someone asked me why we chose to have a larger family, as surely after two children ‘you’ve seen it all before’. Some may feel this way but as a mother of five I strongly disagree, I love all their different personalities, their quirky habits and watching them grow and develop into beautiful individuals. Sadly there is a lot of pressure on children to fit into a standard mould instead of celebrating diversity which is why I absolute love this Empowering Resources book:

You're Different, Jemima

In You’re Different, Jemima (RRP $17) we meet a gorgeous girl called Jemima who is enthusiastic, full of ideas and has a big imagination. Sadly her teacher is not so appreciative of Jemima’s excitement, she insists Jemima fits in with the rest of the class and slowly Jemima is starting to lose her spark… Thankfully a lovely new teacher sees Jemima’s differences as qualities, celebrates her uniqueness and she encourages Jemima to be her-special-self.

I think as parents we all see things in our children that are a little ‘different’ and at times we may worry that this will make them stand out. Let’s stop seeing different as negative and turn things around, different is awesome!

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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Sep 042016
 

Empowering Resources

When people hear of a child that has been abused or groomed they often say: “Why did she not tell her parents?” or “How come his parents didn’t notice anything?”. The simple truth is that in many cases the child was too scared or confused to tell someone that something was wrong or they were told the abuse was a ‘special secret’ they should keep quiet. It is so important to talk to your child(ren) about keeping secrets and this fantastic picture book by Naomi Hunter is an excellent conversation-starter:

A Secret Safe to Tell

Using gentle, child-appropriate language and illustrations A Secret Safe to Tell (RRP $17) tells the story of a little girl whose special friend did things to her she did not like. He told her she was beautiful, he made her feel strange and guilty and told her no one would believe her if she’d tell. Her heart became heavy and she felt alone and embarrassed. Then she was brave and opened up, her heart became light again and she is finally free again.

If you have ever wondered how to discuss this tricky subject with your precious children but didn’t know where to start, this Empowering Resources book is an absolute must-read. It would be great for kindergartens, schools, libraries and community groups too.

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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