March 25, 2020

Lisa B.’s Bighearted Blog

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As we’re all adjusting to the many ways our lives have changed with social distancing, we might notice that we’re a bit more emotional. Peterborough’s premier family counselor and champion has some guidance for us.

Many of you may already subscribe to Bonnie Harris’s newsletter.

But, if you don’t, check out her latest issue!  I read it yesterday and it’s loaded with all sorts of tips and wise recommendations for living with our new ‘normal’. 

And, here are three picturebooks I recommend reading for fun, and emotional exploration.  Talking about feelings doesn’t have to be heavy.  These are honest, wonderfully illustrated stories.  They depict varying ways people feel and experience things.

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld:

A simple story about empathy and kindness.  A child is frustrated when building play goes awry, and, of all the animals, the rabbit soothes the best. 

Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah Harrison:

Bernice is cross.  At a birthday party everyone else gets a rose on their piece of birthday cake.  Things go from bad to worse.  The crossness depicted on this cat’s face are priceless.  Eventually things turn around and Bernice’s adventure brings some happiness to all.

When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

Listen/watch here:

The bright colors of this book perfectly capture anger. It’s perfectly normal and the eruption is settled.  (Bang has a large, varied body of work and I say read them all.)  She also has written When Sophie’s Feelings are Hurt.

More blogs about all kinds of things will be coming out weekly.  Stay tuned, stay connected!

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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