Supporting our children’s mental and emotional health remains a constant focus for parents, as we navigate major stressors such as isolation from friends, disruptions to the school routine, and fears or losses relating to COVID-19.
As parents, we don’t always have the answers at a time like this. We most likely are having to work to maintain our own emotional balance too.
Having age-appropriate books for your kids can help, when they need to access coping tools and better understand their big emotions.
From board books and picture books to workbooks and mindful exercises, these books, in the slideshow below, will help support kids’ mental wellness.
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“The Barnabus Project,” by Terry Fan, Eric Fan and Devin Fan ― $18
A wonderfully woven tale peppered with charming illustrations, “The Barnabus Project” follows its tiny protagonist ― who is half-elephant, half-mouse ― as he discovers self love is much more worthwhile than the pursuit of perfection. This captivating parable sends empowering messages of following your dreams and being true to yourself. Ages 5-9 Buy it at Chapters-Indigo.
“I Like Me And I Love Me: A Self Love Activity Book,” by Abby Zaitly ― $12
This Self Love activity book is a companion to Abby Zaitly’s storybook “I Like Me And I Love Me.” It engages children with word searches, colouring pages, and other familiar activities while gently incorporating mantras like “I love being different” and “I am enough” throughout. Helps kids focus on seeing themselves in a positive light. Ages 5-9 Buy it at Crying Out Loud.