Tuesday, 05 May 2020 How to Help Children with their Emotions and Build a Strong Faith

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As adults, we're only too well aware of the detrimental effect difficult times can have on our emotional well being. The current coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has led to everyday uncertainty and created a period of anxiety and low moods for many people.

But it's vital to remember it's not just adults who may be suffering and who need our help during these difficult times. Many children have had their world turned upside down — school and after school activities closed, meet up with friends cancelled, and they're confined to a very small space at home every single day of the week. Not to mention, parents or carers who are busy working at home and maybe don't have the time they need to devote to their children.

That's why we're thrilled to publish a series of books covering a variety of topics that are relevant to children today, including grief, anxiety, bullying, and sadness. By providing children with books that discuss a range of emotions they might be feeling, you can encourage them to speak with their parents or carers about their faith and emotions, and help them to find peace during these difficult times.

For 3+ Years:

Are You Sad, Little Bear?

A book about learning to say goodbye

Rachel Rivett, Tina Macnaughton

Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. Little Bear's day of exploring and asking questions brings him comfort and hope. For the swallows, saying goodbye means flying to warmer lands; for the leaves of the trees, it is a chance to be free, leaving the tree at her most beautiful; for the moon, it is to return to be with the sun; and for the sun, it is to rise in another sky, and just because Little Bear can't see him doesn't mean he isn't there.

This charmingly illustrated picture book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn't mean the end of things.

The Biggest Thing in the World

Kenneth Steven, Melanie Mitchell

A little polar bear cub explores the world with his mother and discovers many huge and wonderful things. But in answer to the question, 'Is that the biggest thing in the world?' The answer is always, 'no.' At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is — and with his mother's help, he finds that it is love.

This heart-warming picture book, with a final fold-out page, stars an adorable cast of wide-eyed animals which are sure to appeal to children and the grown-ups who share this story with them.

Would You Like to Know Bible for Little Ones

Eira Reeves

An opportunity for you and your little one to really get to know the Bible together. Twenty-four stories are told in a few sentences, with a question and a related prayer on each page. Discussing the questions with a parent gives children a chance to engage with the meaning and context of the story, finding out more in an imaginative way — you may even learn something from your little one! Bible references included.

Check out Would you like to know: Bible Every Day Daily devotions for Reading with children and all the other wonderful titles children will enjoy in the Would you like to know? series here.

Looking for the best children's bibles? Take a look at our top bibles for children and young readers.

For 5+ Years:

Our brand new God Cares series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness. Children at different ages approach things differently in their stages of emotional development, so this series works at two different levels: illustrated Readers aimed at 5-7 year olds and Chapter books aimed at 8+ years. Please note that children progress at different reading abilities and stages of emotional development so the age ranges are only a guide for parents and carers.

The Bible stories are retold reflecting on the emotions and encourages children to discuss and relate this within their situations. Sections at the back provide a reflective space for children and practical advice for parents and carers.

Debbie Duncan, author of Gifted and The Art of Daily Resilience, is a nurse and a teacher, and mother of four children. She has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience and bravery: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back. In all her books, she considers what is required for physical, mental, and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote and sound advice. This she now applies to her thoughtful God Cares series specifically to support parents and carers raising children.

Check out our God Cares series below:

When I feel down: Jonah and Other Stories

Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Jonah who felt down about his situation and tried to hide away. But God cares and never gave up on him. God was always there to talk to and help him.

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about Jonah's emotions and support available to them when they feel sad, including help from God.

When I am anxious: Moses and the Other Stories

Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Moses, who felt anxious about being called to lead a nation out of Egypt.

But God cares, providing constant reassurance and support through others around him. A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about when they feel uncertain, and the support they need to build their confidence, including help from God.

When I am strong: Friends in the Fire

Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of three friends standing strong against bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar's golden statue even though they would be thrown into a fire. But God cares and stood with them, helping them to have courage.

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about situations when they need courage to face hard things, new situations and doing the right thing, and that God can help make us brave.

When I am afraid: Jesus Calms the Storm

Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus' friends being afraid in the storm even though Jesus was in the boat with them. But God cares and Jesus woke up and told the storm to be still.

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their fears, when they are afraid, and that Jesus is always with them.

The Good Thing About Bad Days

Margaret McAllister, Nigel Baines
Out in June!

A warming practical book full of advice, suggested activities and encouraging messages to help young children (5-9 years) express and cope with their emotions, to reassure them about handling situations and to raise their self-esteem. With a repetitive mantra that: The good thing about bad days is that they come to an end.

There is a parent section providing additional advice by Dr Claire Parsons, a Christian GP, and a list of websites and contacts as resources and support for children and parents.

For 12+ years:

A Guide to Growing Up

Sarah Smith, Alex Webb-Peploe

A Guide to Growing Up is an engaging, clear, and helpful guide for young people that shines God's light into the topics of puberty, bodies and sex. It is profoundly positive; about sex, about self, about faith, about relationships, love, boundaries, pleasure, choices - about all the sorts of things that could possibly matter when it comes to growing up.

Full of distinctive illustrations that grab the attention, conversations with young people and detailed chapters on hot topics, such as masturbation and same-sex attraction; A Guide to Growing Up is an invaluable tool to support parents in talking to their children, and an essential guide in any young person's journey — a guide they can go back to time and again.