Twice the Love: A Workbook for Kids in Blended Families

Twice the Love: A Workbook for Kids in Blended Families

by Erainna Winnett

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Overview

Has your family recently changed with the addition of stepparents or stepsiblings? Have you found that your child is jealous or resentful of the new family structure?
Sometimes, children find themselves in blended families. Whether a child's divorced parent is remarrying or the child is moving into a house with another group of people, this can be a stressful and confusing time filled with many conflicting emotions. Twice the Love is an activity book for parents to help support children who are adjusting to a new blended family.

Using Twice the Love, parents can guide their children (ages 8 to 12) through the changes that are brought about when new families are formed.

With
  • engaging drawings to capture children's interest
  • activities designed to help them understand that their feelings are normal and that accepting the new family structure is not betraying the former family structure
  • exercises to help them learn more about their new family and find things in common
  • visual journaling and art therapy that help children view their new family structure in a positive light, while acknowledging the memories, good and bad, of how their family used to be

By spending just ten minutes a day engaged with the more than thirty activities in this book, your child will learn to visualize their new family structure in a helpful way and find ways to accept the changes while building their self-esteem. Get started today and help your child navigate the challenges of a blended family!

What parents are saying

"When my husband and I divorced our son who is ten stayed pretty quiet and didn't talk much about how he was feeling. When my husband remarried a year later our son began throwing tantrums and yelling at his new stepmother. His teacher recommended Twice the Love and my son and I use it as a special time each night to talk about his new family. It gives me the chance to show him that I am also working through the changes and that we can do it together."

"I dated my boyfriend for four years after my divorce before we got married. My daughter, who is now eight, did not have trouble adjusting since she really doesn't remember when her dad lived with us. But we just had a new baby, and my daughter is very jealous. I don't think she would harm the baby, but she seems to want to pretend the baby isn't there. My husband is a middle school counselor and he got a copy of Twice the Love. We've been working in it together for two months now, and my daughter has started letting the new baby be part of her life. I am so relived. Thank you."

"My twelve-year-old child has been very sad since I got remarried. He recently told me he had been hoping his dad and I would get back together but now he knew we wouldn't. We started talking about it more and working in this book together. It's been a wonderful journey for me and him together."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615983660
Publisher: Counseling with HEART
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: Therapeutic Helping Kids Heal Activity Book Series , #4
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 328,073
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

Child education and counseling expert Erainna Winnett brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, counseling, and raising children to the hot-button issues every child faces today. Helping Kids Heal is a series of activity books written with healing in mind. Each book addresses real world problems children face on a daily basis. Through therapeutic art and writing exercises, kids can express their feelings and learn how to deal with those feelings in appropriate ways. Designed for children ages 6-12, these activity books are meant to be used as a counseling tool to foster a positive self-image and healthy coping strategies and to provide parents, educators, and counselors with tools to assist children as they process and work through some of today's toughest issues.

Erainna was born and raised in central Louisiana. The oldest of five children she always yearned to be a teacher and forced her siblings to play school year round. Naturally, she graduated with a teaching degree in 1995 and earned her Master's degree in 2000. Five years later she earned her Education Specialist degree in early childhood education. After fifteen years in the classroom, she moved to the role of school counselor and has never been happier.

While serving as school counselor at an elementary school in northeast Texas, she frequently uses children's books as therapy to help her students heal, learn and grow. Ideas for her books come from the students she works with on a daily basis. Her goal, as an author, is to touch the hearts of children, one story at a time. Erainna has written over thirty books designed to guide parents, teachers, and counselors as they help children to become their best self.

Erainna lives on a 300 acre cattle ranch near the Red River with her husband, two daughters, three dogs, two horses, and one ill-tempered cat.

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