Award Winning Creative Workbook Helps Kids Transition to New Homes with Ease
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12th, 2014
“My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move” Designed to Help Kids Move From Worry to Wonder and Fear to New Friends
Moving is among the top three stressors for kids, who thrive on routine, comfort and familiarity, according to the Employee Relations Council. To help reduce this stress for kids and their parents, Lori Attanasio Woodring, Ph.D. developed “My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home,” now available for $15.99 on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MOLZNG4/ and at https://www.createspace.com/4334684.
Woodring earned a BS from Cornell University and a PhD from Fordham University and is a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut. Woodring was inspired to create the workbook after moving with 18-month-old twins to London and back to Connecticut five years later with four children under the age of 7.
“More than 40 million people, many of them children, move every year, but that doesn’t mean that moving is easy. It can be incredibly stressful and challenging for kids of all ages, something I learned from my husband who moved 12 times in his childhood, and especially from my kids during our international moves,” said Woodring. “I wanted to create a hands-on tool for kids to understand the experience and their emotions about moving and become excited about their new adventure. Through drawing and activities kids have the opportunity to become active participants in the process of moving to a new home.”
The book won the 2014 IPPY Award silver medal for Outstanding Interactive Children’s Book of the Year. With charming illustrations by Timm Joy – and room for kids’ own depictions of their feelings and emotions – the unique workbook walks kids ages 5-11 step by step through the moving process, including understanding change, strategies for managing emotions, partaking in a new adventure and more. The book is unique in its interactive nature and its ability to draw kids in and let them personalize their story while providing them with useful tools and strategies.
“My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home” includes:
- A discussion of the difference between a house and a home
- An opportunity for kids to write, draw, think, feel and share
- An outlet for kids who feel sad, mad or worried about the move
- Tips on saying goodbye and staying in touch
- A sense of excitement about the new home
- Tips for making new friends
- And a certificate of completion
“As the workbook reminds kids, ‘no matter where you live or how different your life may be, you will always be loved by your family!’” Woodring added. “I wanted to create a workbook that would help kids feel safe, secure, understood and loved throughout the challenging process of moving to a new home, and am thrilled to release ‘My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move.’”
About “My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for ChildrenMoving to a New Home”
“My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for ChildrenMoving to a New Home” was written by Lori Attanasio Woodring and illustrated by Timm Joy in 2013 to help kids ages 5-11 prepare for moving. The illustrated workbook is now available on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MOLZNG4/ and at https://www.createspace.com/4334684.
Award-Winning Book Now Available to Help Hispanic Kids
Cope with the Stress of Moving
“Mi gran mudanza, muy emocionante y un poco aterradora: Libro de ejercicios para niños que se mudan a un nuevo hogar”
Every year over 40 million people in the U.S. move to a new residence. Moving is one of the major stress triggers for children, which is why Child Psychologist, Dr. Lori Attanasio Woodring, released a book last year titled, “My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home.” This award-winning workbook is now available in Spanish, “Mi gran mudanza, muy emocionante y un poco aterradora: Libro de ejercicios para niños que se mudan a un nuevo hogar,” to help Hispanic kids as well.
The original workbook, designed for children ages 5-11, was a culmination of Dr. Woodring’s professional work and personal experience after moving internationally with her family.
“I wanted to create an interactive tool to guide children through the anxiety and stress of a move. The workbook helps children understand their experience and emotions and empowers them to become active participants in the moving process with a sense of excitement rather than fear.”
“My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home,” became a widely requested resource for real estate agents and military families as well as ex-pats and international schools. However, a resource was desperately needed for families in Spanish speaking homes, which according to recent Census data is over 37 million people. “I was thrilled that the English version was so well-received and wanted to extend the reach of this resource to the Spanish speaking population,” said Woodring.