picture book for anxious children

Why we created a picture book for anxious children

Play therapist Lenka and I sometimes get asked why the first book we created was a picture book for anxious children. I think the simple answer is because anxiety seems to be such a common problem. Everyone, from very young children to teenagers to adults, seem to be either struggling with some form of anxiety,…

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5 things about me

Find out 5 things about me!

I’ve met so many new friends recently! I thought it might be fun to share 5 things about me with you!

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need a children's book about anxiety

Do you need a children’s book about anxiety?

A few weeks ago I shared a few thoughts about how our new book can assist children who suffer from anxiety to deal with their worries. This made me think about all of the different people who may need a children’s book about anxiety. Today I would like to share these ideas with you!

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children's book to help with anxiety

Why I wrote a children’s book to help with anxiety

Depending on the way you look at it, it is either a little ironic or very fitting that I wrote a children’s book to help with anxiety.

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Feedback from our first readers

Feedback from our first readers – Preschool teacher Linda

Once our book was almost ready to be sent into the world, Lenka and I asked a few people who have children in our target age group, to read our book to their children. The feedback from our first readers has been so lovely!

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Introducing play therapist Lenka de Villiers-van Zyl

Introducing play therapist Lenka de Villiers-van Zyl

Some of you may already know that I’ve partnered with play therapist Lenka de Villiers-van Zyl to write a children’s book about anxiety. I thought that now would be the perfect time to introduce you to Lenka!

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Mindfulness

Important skills for young minds: Part 2 – Mindfulness

In my previous blog post I shared my thoughts on why creativity and the use of the imagination are such important skills for children to develop. Now I would like to share a few ideas about the value of mindfulness and paying attention. I’d also like to tell you why I think creativity and mindfulness…

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creativity

Important skills for young minds: Part 1 – Creativity and imagination

In the past, I sometimes struggled to explain why I thought creativity was an important skill for children to develop. It wasn’t that I didn’t think it was valuable. For me, personally, being creative seemed as important as eating or breathing – I couldn’t do without it. But other people seemed to do just fine…

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5 Reasons why the world needs art

5 Reasons why the world needs art

If you think about what it is that people around the world need most, your first thoughts will probably not be that the world needs art. Instead, you will likely think of basic needs such as having shelter, enough food, and clean water to drink. You may even think about art as being a bit of a luxury.

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Finding my own definition of art and the art I strive to create

Finding my own definition of art and the art I strive to create

In finding my definition of art, I need to go back to the beginning. Once upon a time when I was a philosophy student, I spent a semester contemplating the question “What is art?” In the typical methodical way that is characteristic of a philosophical examination, we examined a number of different ways in which…

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