This four-year-long passion project started with conversations between the three of us – all talking about our experiences as mom-psychologists and the drama filled situations our kids have gotten into. While we shared stories and laughs, we found ourselves saying, “I wish we could just tell kids – Here’s how to deal with life!” This was the birth of our series, Here’s How to Deal. We decided to write books to help kids learn how to think about others, make good decisions, and consider what feels right and what feels not-so-right. We also wanted our characters to be experiencing a variety of real-life stressors and circumstances that kids go through, such as parental divorce, ADHD, parental illness and a variety of other things, so that our readers can better relate to our characters. We agreed on three core ideas that shaped our book. These core ideas help kids build skills for social and emotional success:
We knew we had to have our characters share their own perspectives to give our student readers the chance to think about events through the eyes of multiple people and develop .
We knew we wanted to bring in multiple voices from a diverse cast of characters.This allows us to help students develop an understanding of multiple perspectives and .
We also knew we wanted kids to be able to work with trusted adults to think through decisions and events in the book and discuss how they themselves would solve the problems.We included a Companion Guide that gives teachers and caregivers the tools they need to promote .
We are proud to present our book and we hope you enjoy meeting our characters, understanding their perspectives, and spending time thinking through their problems with your children.
Enjoy the story, and enjoy the time you spend together talking about it.
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