Showing posts from May, 2014

Kids With Parents In Jail: The Emotional Turmoil

All parents know the emotional turmoil a young child goes through when parents drop him/her off for the first time at daycare or kindergarten--the clinging, the tears, and the need for reassurance that the parent is not leaving for good. Now imagine the emotional impact on a child who has his/her parents taken from them by a police officer, court, and judge. There is no accurate number of how many kids are faced with having an incarcerated parent or parents. Estimates run the gambit from 1.7 million to 7 million kids. And, there are very few studies regarding the emotional trauma these kids experience.

However, this series is not about estimates, studies, or even what people think about the parents who get themselves into a situation where they are required to do the time for their crime. This series is about the kids who, in fact, become the victims of the crime as well. It is about what they experience when their parents are no longer their caregivers, and how we can help them thro…


With over 2.4 million people in prison in the United States, we need to start asking, "What about the kids who have parents in jail". Incarcerated parents is not a subject that comes up in many social circles. Sure, there are those occasional local news flashes that show a father or mother going to prison, and the saying "don't do the crime if you can't do the time" swirls through our brain. But, what about the kids? 
What happens to them? Where do they go? Do they know why their parent(s) are taken from them? Do they suffer psychological repercussions from their parent's absence? How do they feel when they are shuffled off to live with a relative, put into a state facility, or assigned to a foster home? How do they cope with losing a parent? Can they visit their parent(s)? Can they write to them? Do their parents write back to them? How does parent and child stayed connected? Should they stay connected? How can you encourage a child to talk about thei…


Cover Reveal – Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway and Giveaway

Welcome to the Cover Reveal forCurse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashwaypresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!Find the fortune, break the curse!

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two o…

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Thunderstorms . . .Oh My! What are kids to do?

When the weather turns against us, adults are not the only ones who think the end of our world might be coming. Kids worry whether life will be the same too. I was a kid during the worst storm to hit the Pacific Northwest in the 20th Century occurred. Called the Columbus Day Storm, it hit Portland on October 12, 1962, and I can tell you from my viewpoint it was both terrifying and exciting at the same time. As one of 14 cousins--all under the age of 12 years--jammed into my Aunt's living room, I was awe-struck by the power of the wind. When it first began, two of my older cousins took me outside to feel the 40 mph wind as it pushed us down the block on our skates. There was no fear, no worrying, no terror. It was just a windstorm and it looked like fun. However, within an hour, it changed as the winds increased to 100 mph.

While the adults were busy trying to bring two elderly neighbors inside, all of us kids stood huddled behind a picture window and watched trees break in half, …