Home Life Matters at School (A Kid Talk Book)
by Abby Cadet, Brave Kid Press, Cindy J. Cadet
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 20 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2021
It is perfectly normal for parents and caregivers to argue or disagree with each other. How children interpret and understand the causes and potential consequences of conflicts is important. Most kids worry when their parents argue. Josiah's Dilemma is a story with relatable characters that helps children naviagate how to express themselves to their parents when there is conflict at home. Josiah was worried about his parents. He told his friends how he was feeling. His friends encourage him to express himself to his parents.
♥Kids often have a hard time expressing their feelings. Josiah's Dilemma helps them to think about feelings, emotions, and how to express them in healthy ways. This book can be used to teach children how to understand their emotions―both good and bad―and how to express their feelings to their parents.
♥When kids learn to express emotion, it makes handling difficult situations less challenging. Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting impact.
♥This is a great resource for parents, educators and counselors to help children cope with conflict at home. Frustration is a normal emotion just like joy, sadness, and fear, but it can be difficult to know how to express those feelings in a good way.
★Read this book with your children to reassure them of the love you have for them and encourage them to be open with you.
"I love that this book gives understanding to the dilemmas that kids experience in a way that is age appropriate for a child to understand. Topics like this aren't always discussed but they are experienced by everyone at some point in life. The author did a great job showing the correlation for how home life and school life impact one another. I definitely recommend this book!"
Average rating from 6 members
The language in this book is wonderfully simple and accessible for young children. Josiah is distressed to hear his parents arguing--it's scary and he imagines the worst possible outcome, but he doesn't know what to do about it. With the encouragement of friends and a healthy journaling habit, he's able to process his feelings and discuss them with his parents. This is a very helpful story to give kids words to discuss things we often neglect to give them a vocabulary or toolkit for. This would be a great addition to school and classroom libraries, as well as the collections of school psychologists. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
My husband and I have healthy debates in front of our children and I am a firm believer that is important to normalize overcoming conflict in relationships. I love that this book just does that, and presents it in such a way that makes it easy for kids to understand.
Josiah’s Dilemma is a simple story about how a child may feel when their parents argue, and what they can do to manage those feelings. Josiah journaled how he felt, opened up to his friends about it, and decided to write a note to his parents about what he was feeling.
An amazing book. Simply telling the story of how Josiah deals with his parents loud arguing which upsets him. Gently, this story teaches readers to deal with their thoughts and feelings. Suggests actions which a child might take if they find themselves in this situation (or indeed other situations in their lives)
This is a very good book for elementary school-age children about parents arguing, and reassuring their child. Many couples do get divorced, and children worry that their own parents will divorce. This book gives the child some ideas of what to do, and is a good springboard for parents to open up a discussion with their children.