I have been explaining to all who will listen that the world's changes are taking its toll on children. The last five to seven years has been monumental. I have practiced child psychology for almost 20 years, and there has been a significant shift in what children are struggling with--agonizing over.
I have tried to help in the ways that I can. I have now published (or written and are in cue) books about sexuality, death, divorce, diversity, tragedy, and poverty. I am now working on a book about helping children cope with climate change.
To help you understand what I mean, please watch the video below.
I enjoyed my CBC interview with Gregor Craigie about helping kids cope with trauma. I have also enjoyed responding to the emails I have received from the public. Keep them coming!
To hear the interview again, please click on the link below.
Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with Gregor Craigie, the host of the popular CBC radio program "On the Island," We discussed the challenging times children face in today's age, and the particular challenges of today's children who experience trauma. You can listen to our conversation this Monday, May 23rd at 7:50am on CBC radio.
I have been most concerned in recent weeks with the children who escaped the fires in Fort McMurray. The TV images of burnt neighbourhoods have been difficult for me to process, and I can only imagine how hard it must be for the children who lost their homes.
I recall my late father talking about surviving a house fire in Tillsonburg, Ontario, in the late 1930s. He remembers being thrown from a second floor window. He was only a small child at the time, but the image of the burning farmhouse stayed with him for a lifetime.
As you know, I write the "Just Enough Series" for Orca Book Publishers. Four books have been written, and two more have been contracted. One of upcoming books will be about helping children cope with tragedy.
During my interview with Gregor Craigie, I offered to help any family of Fort McMurray who reaches out. On the home page of this blog, there is an "ask a question" button. If you need help, send me a message. I will do my best to be of help or put you in contact with a person in your region who can be of help. Please do not be shy. Reach out!
I have started sending out personalized postcards to all who sign up at this blog. I hope you like them!
Dr. Jillian Roberts
Last evening was amazing! I got to go out for dinner with my wonderful family and then launch the second book in the "Just Enough Series," "What Happens When A Loved Ones Dies? Our First Talk About Death." (www.justenoughseries.com)
This was a difficult book to write. It was also a great honour. I was able to carefully think through the words I would choose if I sat down with a child the very first time and tried to explain the concept of death in a way that could be understood and accepted. How to present this most difficult of topics? How to help a child process loss if experiencing it for the first time? I am so grateful to Orca Books to be given the opportunity to share what I have learned in nearly 20 years of clinical practice.
It was also a great honour to co-launch with the other Orca spring authors and to learn about the journeys they took to write their books. It is humbling to be a part of such an inspired and inspiring group of writers!
I have had two amazing experiences in the last few days. Both of these experiences had to do with asking for help for something that really, really mattered for me. One of these requests was personal and the other was professional.
Both of the people I asked for help responded in a way that was mindblowingly helpful. I am so grateful. I must remember to pay this kindness forward.
Lesson learned: ask for help when you need it. Give help when it is asked of you.