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Children’s Divorce Bill of Rights – a new tool to help children of divorce!

Children's divorce bill of rightsI came across this wonderful little scroll, Children’s Divorce Bill of Rights, on Pinterest the other day.  (I think someone created it based on an blog at Psychology Today, though I didn’t seem to see the graphic there) I was reminded about how many divorces seem to happen just after the holidays.  We’ve had so much fun playing with our Zany Wacky Santa, but for many  kids fun time is over now.

I thought the Children’s Divorce Bill of Rights should go into every divorcing parent’s tool box! It goes so much with what I am trying to tell people all of the time.  Divorce is tough.  It is tough on the parents because they are going through changes emotionally, and likely financially.  Stress is at probably an all time high!  But I think so often we forget that though we are going through the trauma, our kids are going through it even more.  They are often being put in the middle.  And though you may think your ex is (insert whatever you want here!), your child still loves them and wants them as their parent.  There is absolutely no reason to bad mouth the other parent in front of your child, no matter WHAT you perceive they are doing. If it is a dangerous situation, then involve professional help, but even then it is probably best to keep your mouth shut.  They didn’t like it when you argued in front of them when you were married, and they certainly aren’t going to like it now.  They just want to be kids.  They want to be able to live their life as close to the life they just involuntarily gave up as possible.  They should be allowed to be kids………..therefore they are not your sounding board, they can’t solve your problems.  And…..whatever you do, do NOT put them in the middle and at any point make them choose.  As much as you might think it is giving them the right, having to choose one parent over another is a heart wrenching experience no child should have to endure.  I love this scroll.  And I think this scroll, along with the picture book We’re Having A Tuesday, and the parenting book, Mom’s House, Dad’s House, you should be armed to be off to a good start.

We’re Having A Tuesday  will help parents and children of divorce. It begins a conversation, by opening up pathways to talk with children about the effects of living in a shared custody situation. Kids who are living the all too familiar experience of living in two houses easily relate to the story where the little girl is acting out and having to remind herself of the good things about both houses. Parents or other bystanders (teachers, counselors, grandparents, caregivers) can relate to this wonderful story about a little girl bouncing between her parents, as she struggles with living between two homes. She misses simple things like her dogs, her bike and even sometimes her clothes. She misses things about Mommy. She misses things about Daddy. Some of her behaviors reflect it. She eventually discovers that her parents’ love is with her no matter where she is living. The story refers to her carrying their love in a very special kind of backpack wherever she goes. (Her heart.) It is a great reminder that the love between parent and child doesn t change because of divorce. This book beautifully illustrates a touching story and includes an interactive element at the end to facilitate conversation about how kids are feeling about their shared custody living arrangements. It’s perfect for kids 2-10 years of age. And it will help start a conversation to help your kids deal with their new arrangements.  Remember your child didn’t ask for these changes.  They just were just going along happy being a kid!

Santa’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings

Christmas is a feelingSanta’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings we can remember all year.  I started back in September anticipating the release of this book, and reminding everyone that Christmas isn’t a season or a day, it is a feeling. (Post from September)  It has definitely been a fun season.  It has been fun sharing our book with everyone.  I’ve been privileged to see a child read the book out loud for the very first time (I’ve read it so many times to so many people that this was especially fun for me!). I listened to him read it just as I had imagined the cadence to be.  I watched him stop and point out the illustrations and ask questions and giggle along the way.  I’ve had the joy of seeing a little girl wake up the next morning after hearing the story for the first time and be so inspired from the beautiful artwork that she was drawing her own creations trying to match the pages.   I’ve finally had the wonderful privilege of meeting the illustrator in person whom I’ve been working with for years.  Brad Cornelius is a delightful being.  Pardon the pun, but it was like watching a Christmas tree light up as we talked about what other adventures Santa might need to take in the future.  What a pleasure.  We’ve received awards and wonderful reviews.  We’ve had people who were inspired to create wonderful videos (see reference) because they loved the book so much.  We even had a wonderful lady super inspired to create her very own Santa’s Just Not Right cookie recipe. (see reference).  We’ve had dozens and dozens of beautiful reviews all in appreciation of all of the work that went into creating this great work.  Teachers have been inspired to have tea and honey parties make purple santas and use the book in the classroom. (see reference) . It is a book that sparks the happiness in people.  It sparks imagination and thinking. (see reference) Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) has been a fun, joyful, zany, wacky ride. It has caused me to personally stop and appreciate how the work of a few individuals can really touch others.  And that work can be from something like a fun story like ours, a plate of cookies, or even just a simple hello to a stranger in the street.  It is a great joy to connect with others in whatever way we can. I hope that after this holiday season we all can try to reflect back at all of the things we try to make so special during the season, capture that feeling, and live it all year long. Thanks to all who have participated in creating and enjoying our book.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your Christmas isn’t just a season, but a feeling that will last you all year long.

Black Friday starts early with Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Fun holiday book! 3 ways to enjoy our purple Santa through cyber Monday!

Starting today……through cyber Monday, December 1, 2014, you can get $5.00 off every copy ordered plus FREE shipping, while quantities last!  That is just $13.95 per copy.

Kindle version also available through Amazon at $3.99.

Or……try our new interactive app by downloading the Interactive Touch Books app through iTunes, and then downloading the Santa’s Zany Wacky app for just $1.99.  There you can find Matches the mouse on every page, listen to carolers sing funny, turn Santa’s suit from purple to red to purple, make trees and snowmen turn upside down and much more!

We are starting early and have 3 different ways you can enjoy our purple Santa!

 

 

2nd award for Santa’s (Zany Wacky Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas announced today

Check out Santa's purple suit and funny elves in our book! Finalist USA Book Awards Children's Picture Book - www.purplesantasuit.com

USA Best Book Awards! Another award for Santa’s Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas………..just announced today. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
http://www.usabooknews.com/2014awardannouncement.html

 Celebrate with us!!  Get your copies now………free shipping!

In case you were wondering what the first award was, it was the Gold Medal in the Holiday category for Moonbeam Children’s book awards last month. http://www.moonbeamawards.com/51/winners/winners-2014

Gold Medal Winner Holiday Category- www.purplesantasuit.com "Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Kindle version available NOW!

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is just one week away from publication.  You can pre-order your copy now and it will probably arrive right on time next Wednesday, October 1.  But if you just can’t wait, we have good news!  The Kindle version of the book is available now.  And Amazon has a deal that if you pre-order the hard copy of the book, you can get the Kindle version delivered right now for just $2.99.  You won’t have to wait to read it! Books are coming………..and so is Christmas!  So be sure to get at least one.  Won’t they make a great Night Before Christmas gift? White elephant gift? Teacher present?  Oh, the list is growing!

Get the children's gift book of this holiday season!

Get the children’s gift book of this holiday season!

It’s Christmas in July!!!

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is in it’s final stages of publication. DK, David, and Brad have been waiting for years for it to be done. This is the event to come and have a sneak peak! Come celebrate with us in the fun Waffle Brothers Pub Style courtyard. Check out the book. Try out a waffle. (The gluten free ones are AMAZING!) Limited quantities of pre-publication books available. Come get it signed by BOTH authors. It’s a celebration! **Waffle Brothers is kind enough to support us by sponsoring our celebration location………so let’s support them too by trying out their goodies! Can’t wait to share with everyone! Friday, July 25, 2014- 6-9p.m. Waffle Brothers, 1707 Lafayette St Denver, CO 80218.