Guest Blogger, OOdlebOOks

I can’t explain how surreal it feels to have fans…

5 Jan , 2017  

I can’t explain how surreal it feels to have fans… I was recently tagged on Twitter by a father desperate to get a copy of my second book for his daughter after she read the first one in a matter of days, only putting it down to eat, sleep and go to school! I had […]

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Why it’s important for children to learn how to name and claim feelings

12 Dec , 2016  

Our brain’s most important function is to help us adapt in order to keep us alive. Emotions play a huge part in this process. Although emotional responses can be very subjective, the initial emotion acts as an essential form of communication that alerts us to a situation so that we can decide whether or not […]

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Guest Blogger, The Story of Books

Sad Christmas – A Poem

24 Nov , 2016  

It is Christmas Day, but you cannot see, Any smiling faces, around the Christmas tree. But if you look close, you’ll see something dear, A tear in the eye, for what happened this year.   It might not be happy, but for them it is true, Just like you have a loved one, so they […]

Guest Blogger, The Story of Books

Its not a Christmas Tree but a Yugen Tree

24 Nov , 2016  

After the loss of a child, so many days become so hard. Anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas – they are all fraught with a kaleidoscope of emotions, even more so when you have other children who you want to show the joy and happiness of these events to. You think about all of those things that you […]

Guest Blogger, The Story of Books

Hello, old friend, I see you’re back…

1 Nov , 2016  

Well hello, Old friend. I see you’ve shown up unannounced again. Shows how close we really are, no introduction or reminders needed. Just pop in and just as quickly be on your way. This time it was at the mall. The three of us were shopping for winter clothes for our rainbow about to turn […]

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How do you remember your loved one?

29 Sep , 2016  

October is Infant and Baby Loss Awareness month. It is an opportunity for parents, their families, and friends to acknowledge and remember precious babies who have died and also a chance to raise awareness of the emotional impact of pregnancy and infant loss, and the scale of this real tragedy, which affects up to one […]

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Raising Children with Good Self-Esteem

26 Sep , 2016  

As a teacher, I very quickly specialised in children who presented with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I recognised it was my role to educate them in maths, English and the ten plus subjects that they needed to be taught. However, it was also very obvious to me that these children needed something more. I felt […]

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – Andrea Chatten

12 Sep , 2016  

Andrea Chatten has specialised, for over 25 years, in working with children from ages 5-16 with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is currently working as ‘Lead Children’s Emotional & Behavioural Psychologist’ with schools and families in Sheffield. Developing positive, trusting relationships has always been at the heart of her practice with children and young people […]

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WHAT DOES LOSS TEACH US?

1 Sep , 2016  

By Kate Polley Until the moment of Sam’s death, I had led a ‘sheltered’, even enviable life.  I had grown up in a loving family, travelled the world, married the guy of my dreams and brought two beautiful daughters into the world. Sure, life had thrown a few minor curveballs along the way, but on […]

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FEATURE: Grandparents Day – special personalized loss books

27 Jul , 2016  

Grandparents Day is a relatively new concept. The impetus for a National Grandparents Day in the USA was started by Marian McQuade, a housewife from Fayette County, West Virginia. The reason she wanted to champion this cause was primarily for lonely elderly people in nursing homes. She also hoped that it would persuade grandchildren to […]