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Book Details:

Book TitleI Can Handle It! (Mindful Mantras) by Laurie Wright
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
GenreChildren's Picture Book
PublisherLaurie Wright
Release date:   August 2016
Content Rating:  G. This children's book is for everyone.

Book Description:

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.

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My Review
I Can Handle It is a cute children's book written from the POV of a little boy named Sebastian. I'd say he's about five years of age or so. He's learning to deal with some new feelings, and he comes up with creative ways to "handle" different feelings and situations. Some of his ideas are silly and a bit over-dramatic (like crying himself to sleep because he doesn't want to go to bed).
And, as parents know, kids are always overly dramatic, especially at that age. As the parent to a five year old son on the spectrum and a teenage boy, I know all about big feelings and having to learn to deal with them right along with my kids. 
I found this book to be fun and silly, and it's a good way for parents to talk to their kids about their feelings. Parents can help their child come up with their own creative solutions for dealing with things like shame, boredom, and disappointment. It's also a good way to discuss how normal it is to have negative feelings. It's okay to be cranky and frustrated sometimes. 
The illustrations that accompany the story are adorable and fun to look at. They bring to life Sebastian's silly ideas for dealing with his emotions, and I think kids will enjoy that.
While not all of Sebastian's solutions are meant to be taken seriously (they're meant to be a bit ridiculous because kids tend to sensationalize things), there are some good ideas within the pages for helping kids understand negative emotions. 
5 stars from me!

Guest Post
From the classroom: the journey to becoming a writer

I wasn’t someone who’d always dreamed of being a writer… I didn’t even take English in university! Too much WRITING.

 Initially I wanted to be a psychologist, but due to circumstances outside my control that wasn't possible, so what would be the next best thing?

 I wasn’t someone who’d always dreamed of being a teacher either, and certainly not kindergarteners! You can’t even have a conversation with a 4 year old! Or so I thought… 

 Life happened, choices were made and at 22 I found myself singing and doing finger poems for 4 & 5 year olds. And you know what?

  I was GOOD at it.

 There was a learning curve, sure, but after a while I could grab their attention with just a look, keep it by using my voice to engage them, and instinctively knew when we needed a movement break.

 I taught kindergarten for ten years, and I consider 4 & 5 year olds my people.

 I wrote the book in ‘kid language’ so they’d really get it. The scenarios might seem over the top to an adult, but to a 4 year old it makes perfect sense.

They’ve really felt that way, thought those thoughts and wondered if they could handle it.

 When I started out in the K classroom, writing for kids wasn’t on my mind. But after ten years there had been such a shift in the students coming into my room, I HAD to help them.

 Becoming a published author was a lot easier than I thought - advances in technology and systems have removed all barriers. There’s really no reason NOT to, if publishing a book is something you want to do.

 My experience from the classroom really helped the books I've published to resonate with audiences around the world. They've been published in 8 other languages and have sold over 100,000 copies in English alone.

 The journey from the classroom has been unexpected and incredible! Becoming a writer completely changed my life, and I’m beyond grateful that I get to use my knowledge and help children every single day.

Grab a free song from Laurie to help your kids handle their day better!

 Guest Post by Laurie Wright

Author of the Mindful Mantras series

Meet the Author:

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! 

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