Children of separation and divorce often travel from one parent home to another. This sixth book supports children in learning how to survive, and thrive, in two family homes.
My Backpack follows a boy, and a girl, as each transitions to the home of the other parent. Each child's "Backpack" becomes a place to find strategies to cope.
Children will recognize common stressors, will see others struggling with uncomfortable moments.
Based on a neurobiological model of calming (as seen in Dr. Bruce Perry's work), readers walk through ways to change uncomfortable feelings.
Playful and encouraging examples help children deepen their sense of being capable of managing stressors.
"I Notice" arrows draw attention to what is happening in the body, and the name of the emotion that goes along with those sensations.
- key messages to kids
(what parents want their children to know)
- key messages to parents (what kids want their parents to know)
- a self-regulation board game
- a bibliography of helpful