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Finding resourceful books for kids that are bright, colourful and keep them interested is not an easy task. Particularly when they are touching on sensitive topics.

Empowering resources recently sent me a set of their children’s book and I will say, I’m impressed. They cover a range of topics that can often be difficult to approach, however should the need arise, these books help break the ice and open up discussion.

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Resourceful books for parents and teachers

Topics like being different, sadness, making friends and inappropriate touching are conversations no parent ever wants to have with their child. Unfortunately sometimes it is unavoidable and parents need some help with how to gently approach the subject and encourage their child to share. These books are a great resource to get you started.

You’re Different Jemima – written by Jedidah Morely

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It is heartbreaking for parents seeing their child feel negatively about being different. You know the struggle they are fighting and wish you could take away their doubts.

You’re Different Jemima is a book written to make children feel special about what makes them ‘different’.

A Secret Safe To Tell – written by Naomi Hunter

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Regardless what age you are, body safety is a conversation that should be openly discussed. Children often don’t realise that they should speak up and alert their parents, teachers, and/or caregivers to this kind of inappropriate behaviour.

A Secret Safe To Tell is a gentle book that encourages meaningful conversations about body safety, the importance of not keeping secrets and confiding in trusted adults if something is making you uncomfortable.

Just Like Molly – written by Pippa Dowling

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Making friends doesn’t come as easy for some children as it does for others. This can be a result of them being shy, anxious or just not confident in approaching new people.

Just Like Molly is a beautifully written book by an incredible 13 year old that reassures kids that there is a friend out there perfect for them. A gentle story of friendship and having the courage to make new friends.

Even Mummy Cries – written by Naomi Hunter

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Just because you are an adult, doesn’t mean you no longer get sad, stressed or emotional. This book helps children to understand that they are not to blame for any sadness experienced by their parents and encourages parents to openly express their sadness with their kids without feeling guilt or shame.

Running From The Tiger written by Aleesah Darlison

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This book is written for those in the later years of primary school / early high school and connects with kids on a deeper level through understanding. Running from the Tiger is a tale of trust, friendship and the power that can be found once we stop running.

Children will face challenges throughout their life and resourceful books like these help them to understand and assist parents in navigating difficult conversations. The kid’s books from Empowering Resources will allow them to feel empowered, to stand up tall and use their voice to express what is important to them. It would be great to see these books introduced in public schools and libraries across Australia.

You can purchase books online via the Empowering Resources website.

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39 Comments

  1. Jade Williams
    25/03/2017 / 2:14 pm

    My inquisitive little 4 year old has just started asking about death and it’s something I’m struggling to explain without scaring her.

  2. Maree Gray
    25/03/2017 / 2:21 pm

    I struggle with talking about puberty and sex because I get all embarrassed. I think it is because of the way I was brought up – it just wasn’t talked about much and when it was then it was all very quiet

  3. Antonietta Farrugia
    25/03/2017 / 5:51 pm

    Love to win these great books for our school, largely migrant families community that need more aid, thanks.

  4. Lynnette
    25/03/2017 / 7:04 pm

    Death, because I don’t want to lie but telling the truth about death is hard. I already have one child anxious about death but I’m not sure how to broach the subject. And having lost someone extremely close to me I know how hard those feelings can be to manage.

  5. Cat helbig
    25/03/2017 / 11:08 pm

    Unfortunately its death at the moment as our poor beloved dog passed away very suddenly last wk and we are still struggling with not only explaining it to my almost 3yr old but also in a way where he understands

  6. Ern
    27/03/2017 / 4:07 pm

    Nudity, boys bits and girls bits. Ever since our little girl walked in on me in the bathroom, and pointed to my junk and screamed ‘WHAT’S THAT DADDY????”, “MUMMY, DADDY HAS A TAIL”, well ever since that day things of that nature have been a struggle for me. I never thought I’d be ‘that’ kind of Dad, so freaking embarrassed about it.

  7. DIANA
    27/03/2017 / 4:21 pm

    Puberty, at least with our eldest. Hopefully by the time the little ones hit that stage I’ll be an old hand at it. Struggling to stifle my own giggles, and keep that serious Mummy poker face on is hard…….almost as ‘hard’ as having to explain what an erection is, or stiffy as I was told they are called.

  8. Cate
    28/03/2017 / 5:34 am

    Anything that could make my child scared or worried is hard for me to talk about with him. I don’t want to create nightmares. So recently that’s included stranger danger, the death of someone we know and keeping yourself safe.

  9. claire evans
    29/03/2017 / 3:13 am

    bullying as my eldest will ofetn shrug her shoulders and not join in when i know she struggles with bullying at school

  10. Sonya
    29/03/2017 / 4:52 am

    I struggle with talking to my kids about what they did at school/kinder! I can never get much more than ‘the usual stuff’!

  11. Suzie Elo
    01/04/2017 / 5:18 pm

    Where do babies come from? An easy question but so hard to answer as too much information can confuse kids.

  12. Rebecca Broderick
    05/04/2017 / 12:21 pm

    I have struggled to talk to my kids about mine and their dads seperation. Though i was recommeded a great book from the school library Love is Like A Tree by Shona Innes and Irisz Agócs. Next on the agenda is talking to my eldest daughter about puberty. Ahhhhhhh!!! Where do I start??

  13. Amy Petersen
    06/04/2017 / 6:11 am

    I find Violence hard to talk about, when my stepdaughter notices a news story or hears about violence through friends I don’t know how to talk about it without making the world seem really scary and instilling fear into her.

  14. Xzavia green
    06/04/2017 / 2:45 pm

    Well, it’s not speaking about gay couples and love is love for example i find hard.
    But explaining how and why not everyone is ok with it.
    Explaining prejudice in a non judgmental way is tricky to me.
    These books are a great idea!

  15. Amanda
    06/04/2017 / 4:10 pm

    Any question that involves ‘WHY?’! Its usually followed with a how what where and when!

  16. Kristy F
    08/04/2017 / 8:50 pm

    Dealing with a child with severe anxiety it is very hard to discuss a lot of topics because his little mind tends to think the worst of every situation and he becomes a major worrier.

  17. Rebecca
    17/04/2017 / 10:03 am

    Sadly, terrorism and safety. As much as I try to keep them away from the news, etc., they are still exposed to it outside of the home. Trying to explain why people are killed for no reason is so difficult, when I don’t understand it myself. There are often sleepless nights when my daughter cries, because she thinks that we will be hurt, or worse. It’s terrifying.

  18. Kelly Brown
    17/04/2017 / 6:13 pm

    I struggle talking to my kids about sex. I just can’t do it!

  19. Kasey Evans
    17/04/2017 / 8:01 pm

    I struggle with “the birds & the bees” topic, I want my kids to understand but to a degree until they are old enough to know more.

  20. Jessica Ashbrooke
    19/04/2017 / 3:15 pm

    ProbbLy death and to be honest it scares the hell out of me o I don’t like thinking or talking about it

  21. Amanda
    19/04/2017 / 3:23 pm

    I see so much in my job that I want to hide my beautiful kids away from the world to protect them! As that’s not a realistic option, I always appreciate resources to help empower them and teach them empathy.

  22. Abbie Barnfield
    20/04/2017 / 3:45 pm

    My struggle isn’t with talking to my children (yet) but with talking to other Adults in their lives. My kids are only 21months and 7months and are often babysat by relatives. And while I wholeheartly trust that my children are safe, it does bother me when I overhear relatives telling my toddler “Shhh don’t tell mummy and daddy”. I know that this often refers to giving a biscuit before dinner or a toy I wouldn’t let them play with, but it introduces the culture of keeping secrets from parents.
    I believe having these books, and in particular, “A Secret Safe to Tell” would not only be beneficial to my kids in the future, but also to the other Adults in their lives who might realise the importance of not encouraging kids to keep secrets.

  23. Michelle
    23/04/2017 / 12:13 am

    Death because of the unknown and everyone has their different ideas about it. Its hard to explain in kid terms.

  24. Lily
    23/04/2017 / 4:24 am

    Racism and why it is such an issue in today’s world. It was hard because I wanted the children to understand all sides and foster learning and open dialogue instead of finger pointing and blaming.

  25. ashna kenyon
    24/04/2017 / 6:32 pm

    I struggle talking to my kids about empathy because it is better shown in practise. They don’t seem to understand that they are not the centre of the world!

  26. Angela Ready
    25/04/2017 / 11:47 am

    I struggle talking to them about death. I don’t want to scare them. But I don’t want them believing that we are all immortal!

  27. Rosalie BErnacki
    26/04/2017 / 9:39 pm

    I believe it will be explaining what happens when someone dies/passes. Where they go and why.

  28. Kate Hardman
    27/04/2017 / 8:06 pm

    My step-daughter won’t be vulnerable with me at all. When I try to talk to her about feelings she turns it around and throws it back at me. It’s very challenging.

  29. Dianne
    28/04/2017 / 12:09 am

    Sound fabulous – Ethan is just starting to ask questions, so these would be soooo useful!!!! Thanks.

  30. Dianne
    28/04/2017 / 12:10 am

    Oops forgot to answer your question too! He wants to know why his mummy and daddy can’t live with him as a family.

  31. Sacha Pech
    28/04/2017 / 9:31 am

    My 8 year old keeps asking why Grandad isn’t my real father (my real father committed suicide). I keep saying ‘he had an accident’ and he assumes ‘car’…. but I’ve avoided the topic because I don’t want him to know about self-harm out of fear of copycat behaviour.

  32. Melissa Kagie
    28/04/2017 / 7:59 pm

    ‘The birds and the bees’ is a difficult subject for me to talk about with the kids, it is quite embarrassing for all of us!

  33. madelaine marko
    29/04/2017 / 3:41 pm

    Why things happen and fairness.

  34. Tamara Lamb
    29/04/2017 / 7:00 pm

    Up until recently, nothing. But one of my 10 year olds classmate committed suicide a few weeks ago and it’s been very difficult talking to my 3 boys about it. Mainly because my 10 year old is on the spectrum so doesn’t really show emotions and my youngest is best friends with the childs little brother and sister.

  35. Elisabeth Martins
    30/04/2017 / 12:12 am

    Life or Death, they don’t understand how babies are born and as with death, they don’t seem to understand where people go. I don’t want to go into too much detail with them and make them upset either so it’s a very touchy subject.

  36. Vivian Di Biasi
    30/04/2017 / 11:09 pm

    I struggle with the topic of a death in the family, because it’s very painful but I would love for him to understand the situation.

  37. Becky Downey
    30/04/2017 / 11:32 pm

    Death as it’s so sad…

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