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Book: Nothing Stays the Same, but That's Okay

Nothing Stays the Same, but That's Okay is a book written with purpose of relieving the anxiety and confusion that comes from changes big and small. Whether a child is experiencing major stress related to a new sibling or moving, or anxiety anticipating day-to-day transitions, this book will help them develop the coping skills to handle overwhelm.

  • ⭐ "I'm a parenting coach, and I bought this book not only for my own kids but for a client's as well...this book will help life make sense for them in a way that will help you bond, have a practical tool to use, and keep them coming to you for more conversations. Also, it's cute and funny and SO well done!" — Danielle B., Parenting Wholeheartedly

  • ⭐ "Giving kids a sense of control with coping skills like those outlined in this book makes times of change easier on kids of all ages." — Tonya G., Child therapist and parent

Kids and grown-ups have lots of fears, but the "unknown" edges out pretty much everything else. When something changes in a child's life, life goes from predictable and safe to confusing . . . and kinda scary.

Kids (like the rest of us) handle change best if they know what to expect, both on a day-to-day basis and long-term. Join Mia and her stuffed giraffe Stuart as they explain changes big and small, and they affect a kid's day-to-day life. Using an illustrated calendar to explain how changes affects a child's daily routine,Nothing Stays the Same But That's Okay focuses on the child's experience and removes unknowns from the equation.

But our days can be different. Some days we go to school, and some days are the weekend. We can see the different days on a calendar like this one. When something goes from one thing to being a different thing, it's called a change. Our changes are on the calendar!

"Most of the time we do the same things in the mornings. We wake up. We eat breakfast. (I like apples. Stuart only eats bugs.) . . . But our days can be different. Some days we go to school, and some days are the weekend! We can see the different days on a calendar like this one. When something goes from one thing to being a different thing, it's called a change."

By creating a routine that kids can see and understand, parents can restore a sense of safety and predictability in their kids' lives, helping them to be more resilient in the face of life's inevitable challenges.

Help kids understand and recognize feelings of overwhelm and learn coping skills to deal with them.

Nothing Stays the Same But That's Okay is the perfect book for kids who don't handle transitions or changes very well, or who are facing big changes like starting school or getting a new sibling. It aims to empower kids with knowledge, which is proven to help kids through hard situations. Aimed at families with kids ages 4 to 10, this method of teaching is based on decades of solid science about how kids learn and cope with the major day-to-day changes that result from life's toughest stuff.

Kids have a lot of questions, and it's important to get answers! So don't worry! Go ahead and ask the weirdest questions on the planet. Even though some things are changing, lots of things will stay the same. Every morning you will wake up, and every night, you'll go to sleep. And there will always be lots of grown-ups who care and want to help you.

Meet Mia and Stuart

With her messy pigtails and sunny personality, Mia brings a bit of fun to books about hard topics. Explaining life's toughest stuff to her toy giraffe Stuart, Mia is the star of the What About Me? book series, where she's able to help kids feel safe by explaining exactly what they can expect when faced with big changes.

About the Author

Sara Olsher is the founder of Mighty + Bright, which helps families through hard things like divorce, cancer, and other major changes using visual magnetic calendars. Based on decades of research about emotional intelligence and how to talk to kids so they actually learn, Mighty + Bright's calendars have helped hundreds of families through some of the hardest times in their lives.

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