I am very excited to dive deep into the children’s book I Can Handle It! by, Laurie White. In this post, you will not only get a glimpse at the book, but get to know the author and enter to win a copy for yourself. Check it all out here!
Your child will incorporate the idea of ‘I Can Handle It’ almost immediately after reading this book, even in our current uncertain times. After reading this book, they will have great ideas for how to ‘handle’ tough situations! When they are tired of having to stay home, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are missing their friends, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are feeling worried about the future, they will think ‘I can handle it’! Even if they aren’t saying the words out loud, this mantra will become a part of their self-talk. Over 300 5-star reviews say so! Positive self-talk is vital for improving and maintaining strong mental health which is exactly what the world needs right now. Help your child feel emotionally strong along with Sebastien, and provide a tool to help them get through these challenging times. And because parents have such a difficult and important job, this book includes updated free resources.
Children’s author and book marketing coach, Laurie Wright is a silly but smart, busy mom of three who laughs at her own jokes just a bit too much. The minivan is her sanctuary, and the only place she can sing out loud without being shushed. She’s known for her short term memory and extreme love of chips and dip. Usually on her best behavior, watch out when her filter wears off! Never without her laptop and a notebook. Trust her with your kids and your books, but not your coffee!
Exclusive Interview with Laurie Wright
Do you have ideas for how kids can stay mentally healthy in our current situation?
Something new we started during the first lockdown was allowing each child to have a ‘day’ for themselves each week – they get to make the food decisions, and pick something fun to do. It’s a great way to make sure each of them gets attention and feels special. Honestly it’s not much, but it goes a long way.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I have three kids and nieces and nephews, in addition to all my students over the years. There is a load of inspiration all around me. One of my favorite stories from a nephew was about pressing the elevator buttons. I heard about how he’d had a meltdown after not getting to press the button and knew it had to go into a book!
There are many books out there about helping kids deal with worries and anxiety. What makes yours different?
It’s different because it actually works, and doesn’t come off as preachy. Kids enjoy the amusing illustrations and the outrageous possibilities of how they ‘could’ handle their problems. It all rings true for them, because they’ve had the same thoughts so often themselves. Frequently after reading it just once kids start to say the words, ‘I can handle it’, meaning they are realizing they CAN handle it!
In your book there is a hedgehog sidekick! What was the inspiration for that?
Well I knew I wanted a sidekick of some kind – there’s one in every book. I loved the idea of a prickly friend, because in real life we all have one of those, don’t we?
Most importantly, tea or coffee?
I know you love your tea, but I have to tell the truth and say coffee! Tea is a close second, followed by hot apple cider. If it’s sweet and hot I like it.
Last week, I was waiting in carline with two of my three children and I had my copy of I Can Handle It by, Laurie Wright with me. So, I decided to read the book out loud to my kids. Granted a 15 year-old and a 10 year-old are not the target audience, but they sat and listened to their mother read them a book.
Better suited for a much younger audience, I Can Handle It gives great examples of children persevering and learning that they can do things for themselves. This is am important lesson for children at any age. With the cute pictures and simple language, I Can Handle It is a great read-out-loud for pre-school and kindergarteners. These years are important for children as they transition into their first bits of independence and this book will spark many conversations for this age group.
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