Guest Blog – Flying Turtle Publishing’s Virtual Book Tour!
I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! is pleased to announce that our site is the first stop on Flying Turtle Publishing’s Virtual Book Tour!
by Flying Turtle Publishing
August 4, 2014
Marlene Dillon, my host for this stop on Flying Turtle Publishing’s virtual book tour, has done wonderful work empowering children with her I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! book and workshops. Thanks for hosting Flying Turtle, Marlene.
There’s Power in Peace
It’s not easy being a kid. There’s so much to learn and everything is new. As soon as they learn one thing, there’s another challenge looming just ahead. Is there any wonder that kids feel stressed?
Good or bad, stress is a by-product of trying — trying new things, trying to meet demands and obligations, trying to find our place in the world. Our stressors are frequently caused by outside forces. But inner stressors are no less potent. Trying to be what we think we should be.
Fuelled by our media-driven culture, our children begin their indoctrinations, almost from birth. They’re pushed to want things, to be thinner, bigger, faster, smarter, prettier, and stronger. Children as young as three years old grasp the concepts of “pretty” and “ugly.”
As parents, we’re often so preoccupied with managing our own stress that we may not recognize when kids are stressed out. Recent behavioral changes such as acting out, changes in sleep patterns, or bedwetting can be indications. Children may complain of stomachaches and headaches or suddenly show drastic changes in academic performance.
Younger children may revert to old habits like thumb sucking, or develop new ones such as hair twirling, or nose picking. Nightmares, clinging and overreactions to minor problems are common.
Our everyday lives are so filled with busyness. Like adults, kids 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 ways to master self-regulation—ways to calm and focus themselves.
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
Parents can help by giving kids lots of opportunities to practice the techniques presented in the book. Reward them with praise and encouragement when they show competence in calming themselves. The self-confidence that results will help when children approach other challenges. As they grow, children will continue to benefit from knowing they have the power to direct their thoughts and feelings. They learn that they don’t need to look outside of themselves for comfort.
The last lines of My Peace Place summarize what we hope all readers will achieve:
I promise myself that all will see: my peace place helps me choose to be
THE VERY BEST, MOST PEACEFUL ME!
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.
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