Books and Resources
Sesame Street for Military Families
SesameStreetforMilitaryFamilies.org is a free website dedicated to helping children in military families cope with unique stressors such as frequent moves and deployments. It contains short videos and worksheets for preschool to young Elementary school-age children which are meant to be watched and worked on as a family. The deployments page is especially helpful, and is a favorite of our staff.
Staff favorite books for helping young children cope with a deploying parent.
A Christian-centered book giving tips on how to raise children in a distracted society so they grow to be strong, well-balanced adults.
“Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment.”
”Offering solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift a bigger part of our families, The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.”’
The Birth Order Book
Dr. Kevin Leman is a psychologist that writes that the order of our birth compared to our siblings has a powerful effect on our personality. He gives strategies for maintaining relationships for people of certain birth orders and how to manage the strengths and weaknesses inherent in your own birth order.
“With insight and wit, Dr. Leman offers readers a fascinating and often funny look at how birth order affects personality, marriage and relationships, parenting style, career, and children. Whether at home or on the job, birth order powerfully influences the way people interact with others. “‘
5 Love languages
Have you ever loved someone with all your heart but they don’t seem to appreciate what you do for them? It may be that the way you express your love is different than what they expect to receive. In other words, you a speaking a different “love language.” These books are famously effective at helping the reader understand how express your appreciation and love in a way that the other person understands and vice versa. An essential book to understanding complex relationships and a personal favorite.
You Are So Special
A children’s book about a woodcarver’s unconditional love for an imperfectly carved wooden puppet. A wonderful book.
“In this heartwarming children's tale from best-selling author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is―no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It's a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.“
Overcoming Selective Mutism
Provides strategies and resources for parents to help their children with Selective Mutism.
“Drawing from their respective experiences as a clinician who has treated hundreds of children with selective mutism and a parent of a child with selective mutism, authors Dr. Aimee Kotrba and Shari J. Saffer provide clear strategies to increase speaking and reduce anxiety. Plan your child’s journey to confidence with: Research-based intervention tools and expert step-by-step guidance Practical skills to help your child increase speech with peers, adults and educators Easy-to-understand handouts and cheat sheets for teachers, caregivers and schools Colorful worksheets, planning pages for adults, and activities for children to practice bravery in speaking
Selective Mutism In Our Own Words
A compilation of stories from those that have lived through, or with, Selective Mutism. A unique an eye opening perspective that will help you understand this complex condition.
“Children, teens and adults from the UK and US share experiences of feeling isolated, struggling at school, and finding ways to communicate. Letting people with SM know that they are not alone with the condition, the book will also help family, friends and professionals to understand what it is like to live with SM. “
Children’s books on selective mutism.