The Magic of Roots and Stars A Tale of Strength and Hope is a beautifully illustrated and engaging story to share with the growing number of children who live with someone other than their biological mother.
Follow the journey of Amber, the seed pod, as she navigates her unique set of challenges to find a deep sense of peace and a well-earned measure of happiness in the simple place she calls home.
Under the canopy of stars Amber learns great lessons of love, peace, and strength all while living the extraordinary life of an ordinary beech tree.
For it is the transformative power of love that helps children grow and tap into a rare combination of resilience and fortitude in the face of an unexpected life.
What can I do to help my child or grandchild or student or friend going through a challenge in their family?
Our Grandfamily is an honest, yet reassuring look at the struggles and joys of living in a skip-generation family. Designed as a flip-sided book, dual stories allow readers to experience a unique type of family arrangement from the perspective of both grandparents and grandchildren. With humour, heart, and highlighted feeling words to inspire conversation, Our Grandfamily is both entertaining and educational.
Are you one of nearly 3 million grandparents across North America raising your grandchildren as part of a grand family? You may have done all this parenting stuff before, but times have changed since you raised your own kids, and you likely never thought you’d be raising kids again.
If you’re among the millions of grandparents raising grandchildren today, you need information, support, and practical guidance you can count on to keep your family strong. This is the book for you. Learn effective strategies to help you cope with the stresses of parenting the second time around, care for vulnerable grandkids and set boundaries with their often-troubled parents, and navigate the maze of government aid, court proceedings, and special education. Wise, honest, moving stories show how numerous other grandparents are surviving and thriving in their new roles. Updated throughout, and reflecting current laws and policies affecting families, the second edition features new discussions of kids’ technology use and other timely issues.
Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared The Invisible String the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they’re all connected by an invisible string. “That’s impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: “What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach? Does it ever go away? This heartwarming picture book for all ages explores questions about the intangible yet unbreakable connections between us, and opens up deeper conversations about love.
All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.
Websites and Articles
Important steps to take when becoming a primary caregiver
A guide designed to help grandparents and other relatives (kinship parents) in their efforts to raise, parent, and educate these children and to find needed resources for the children as well as themselves.
State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children.
An AARP article of census data which shows an increase in children being raised by extended family.
A public group dedicated to those grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising their grandchildren, their nieces or nephews either by court order or voluntarily.
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