Something Bad Happened
A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News
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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of Pages: 80
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.8 cm
When children learn about something big and bad - even when they hear only bits and pieces - their brains get busy trying to make sense of it. Where did it happen? Why did it happen? And especially, will it happen again? Something Bad Happened guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about national and international tragedies. The non-specific term "bad thing" is used throughout, keeping this a flexible tool, and so children are never inadvertently exposed to events their parents have chosen not to share. Fear, sadness and uncertainty about the "bad thing" all are normalized, and immediately usable coping tools provided. For children and parents to read together, this one-of-a-kind resource by child psychologist and best-selling author Dawn Huebner provides comfort, support and next steps for children learning about troubling world events.
In the digital age, children are often exposed without filters to tragic and disturbing news. We want our children to understand, stay calm, and be proactive. EVERY parent and child can benefit from the compassionate, practical, step-by-step guidance Dawn Huebner offers on how to make sense of the all-too-often upsetting event. -- Mary Alvord, PhD, Psychologist, Co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens and Resilience Builder Program for children and adolescents. When we hear of both natural disasters and newsworthy tragedies, it's normal for parents to wonder how to help their kids keep perspective and stay calm. With just the right words and reassuring style, Dawn Huebner simultaneously provides the breath of fresh air and a hand around the shoulder we all need to stay grounded when bad things happen. A must-read for children and parents who are looking for easy-to-follow tools during difficult times. -- Dr. Robyn Silverman, Child Development Specialist, Host of How to Talk to Kids about Anything podcast (& author of the forthcoming book of the same name) & creator of the Powerful Words Character System Dawn Huebner has a gift for speaking with children about difficult topics. Something Bad Happened is kind, informative, and filled with compelling images that will help children understand and cope with their reactions to upsetting events. At a time when scary stories fill the news, Dr. Huebner's wise and compassionate book is a resource that every parent, teacher, and counselor will want to have on hand. -- Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, co-author of Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends Something Bad Happened is an indispensable addition to every child's library, the perfect resource for parents to tackle tricky topics with their kids. In Something Bad Happened, Huebner gives young readers and their parents a gift beyond measure--the assurance that they are safe in a world that can feel scary and senseless. -- Nicole Caccavo Kear, author of The Fix-It Friends series