Jasper Lizard Wants to Stay Home
A Separation Anxiety Story
by Ashley Bartley
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Pub Date 20 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 11 Apr 2023
Jasper is jittery, queasy, and panicky. Must be time for school!
For weeks, he has fussed, moaned, and sometimes even refused to go to class. He has outbursts each morning, tells Mom and Dad he’s sick, and hides in his room. He uses any and every reason he can muster to stay at home, but then spends hours playing video games and watching his favorite reptile shows.
The longer Jasper stays out of school, the more anxious he gets about going back. His homework is piling up, and his parents are increasingly concerned and frustrated. They insist he go to school, and Jasper promises he will tomorrow. It’s always tomorrow. But when morning comes, he sobs and says he has to stay home for just one more day.
Missing school also means missing football practice, so Jasper isn’t allowed to play in the big game. When the team loses, he wonders if he is to blame? Everyone wants an answer for why Jasper keeps skipping out on school.
- Is there a bully on the bus?
- Is school scary?
- Is homework too hard?
- Is he really sick?
- Is it a cry for attention?
With playful rhymes and colorful characters, author Ashley Bartley explores why sometimes young kids refuse to go to school and what can give them the confidence to try school again. A special page written specifically for parents and teachers offers insightful and practical tips on helping children who suffer from separation anxiety and school-related stress.
Jasper Lizard Wants to Stay Home is the fourth title in the Diamond, Opal and Friends book series. Written for students in grades PreK-5, these popular stories are used by educators and parents to teach children self-care, self-control, and self-determination. The series includes:
- Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle
- Opal Octopus Is Overwhelmed
- Remi in Overdrive
About Ashley Bartley
Ashley Bartley, M.Ed., NCC is a school counselor whose writing has been published in The Joyful Life Magazine and on the Kindred Mom Blog. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she grew up. She also has a diploma from The Institute of Children’s Literature and is a National Board-Certified Counselor. Ashley is the author of the popular Diamond, Opal, and Friends book series. She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young boys. Learn more at www.counselorstation.com.
A Note From the Publisher
Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, autographed book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions.
Negative thoughts can be difficult to overcome and, too often, lead to giving up. In Finding the Flipside, kids learn how to search for and find the positive in challenging situations. They even get a much-needed reminder that mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. This is a great, empowering read filled with incredibly helpful strategies for staying hopeful and optimistic!
- Heather Davidson, K-12 School Counselor
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