Positive tools for thriving families.

Support Kids Who Were Impacted In The Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Posted by Dr. Maker on October 2nd, 2017

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family members who were impacted in the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting. As a nation, we must come together to support the families and the communities affected. It is also critical that we not forget the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community – our kids. Hundreds of children will be impacted by this mass shooting. Kids have suddenly lost a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a teacher, a baby-sitter, a friend,… Read More


Where Did My Friend Go? Wins 2017 Book Excellence Finalist Award

Posted by Dr. Maker on October 1st, 2017

We are delighted to share that Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death has won the 2017 Book Excellence Finalist Award. We would like to thank all who contributed their time, creativity, and support to making Where Did My Friend Go? such a special book for children coping with death, loss, and grief. We hope Where Did My Friend Go? serves many children and families well.


Tips and Books to Help Kids Psychologically Recover From The Disastrous Hurricanes

Posted by Dr. Maker on September 21st, 2017

Photograph Credit: Hill Air Force Base Safety, food, shelter and medical care Helping kids psychologically recover from the impact of the natural disasters that have hit the United States and its territories, along with the Caribbean islands is complicated. This article provides tips and books to help kids psychologically recover from the disastrous hurricanes. Many are paying appropriate attention to the immediate and necessary needs of shelter, food, and medical care. Helping kids psychologically recover includes providing safety, getting children… Read More


One In Four U.S. Children Are Exposed To Weapon Violence

Posted by Dr. Maker on September 6th, 2017

Brain Blogger published an article today, authored by Dr. Maker, highlighting how one in four U.S. children are exposed to weapon violence. The article describes an important study published in Pediatrics that reported that over 17.5 million (or 1 in 4) school-aged children in the United States have been exposed to weapon violence in their lifetime, as either victims or witnesses. The results also highlight that more than 2 million (1 in 33) children have been directly assaulted with lethal weapons, including guns… Read More


Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice and Respect: Coping in Tumultuous Times

Posted by Dr. Maker on August 28th, 2017

A twelve-year old girl tells me she does not want to start her new middle school next week. This is because she fears being teased for being Latina-American. I believe her… she has been struggling with name-calling and rejection for the past six months in elementary school, as have been many other children. As children return to school, it is imperative that we continue to teach them the critical differences between prejudice and respect. Children from different religious, ethnic, cultural,… Read More


Where Did My Friend Go? Wins 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Posted by Dr. Maker on August 25th, 2017

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death wins the 2017 National Association Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. We are delighted to share that Where Did My Friend Go? has won the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. We would like to thank the families and organizations that contributed to bringing this book to life. We would also like to thank Monkey C Media for their creativity and vision in producing this book. It is important to remember that children are… Read More


July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month: Your Support Is Needed

Posted by Dr. Maker on July 21st, 2017

July is cleft and craniofacial awareness month, and we need your support in providing FREE medical care for youth who don’t have access to the specialized care they need. 1 in 700 kids in the world have cleft and craniofacial differences. In low-income countries, 90% of people don’t have access to surgical care, including surgeries for craniofacial differences. Facial differences often socially isolate young people, and prevent them from finishing school or finding a job. The cost of a single… Read More


Helping Kids Cope With An Expected Loss

Posted by Dr. Maker on July 7th, 2017

Many young children are faced with the reality of losing a loved one to an illness or old age, and helping kids cope with an expected loss can make a significant difference in acceptance and healthy adaptation. Adults tend to shy away from sharing facts and information regarding loss with young children, given adults’ understandable anxiety about overwhelming and frightening children. Fortunately, children are resilient, and since young imaginations can be even more scary than facts, it is often healthier to… Read More


Help The Kid Witnesses of the Alexandria Attack… and the Hundreds of Others

Posted by Dr. Maker on June 19th, 2017

Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with the families who survived and witnessed the Alexandria attack last week. As we know, children were playing in the playground nearby when the attack occurred. We can help the kid witnesses of the Alexandria attack in many ways. Parents, teachers, counselors and other caretakers can talk to the children about what happened in simple and reassuring ways. We can ask the kids if they have any questions and feelings about what happened. We… Read More


The Manchester and London Bridge Attacks: Helping Kids Cope With a Traumatic Death

Posted by Dr. Maker on June 5th, 2017

We express our deepest sympathies to the families and communities who have lost loved ones in the recent Manchester and London Bridge attacks. In the wake of these attacks, and the increase in global terrorism and violence, it is imperative that we utilize positive tools in helping kids cope with a traumatic death, as they process, understand, and express their related anxiety, fear, loss, and confusion. Although parents try to shelter their children, kids are often victims or witnesses of violence,… Read More

  • Exceptional, impressive, thoroughly 'kid friendly' from beginning to end, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" should be a part of every community library Parenting Studies collections. For families with young children who are having to deal with divorce, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" will prove to be an invaluable and instructive aid.

    Editor in Chief - Midwest Book Review

  • Those of us parenting, working with, or caring for children experiencing divorce will welcome Family Changes as a unique, positive, and creative resource for helping children understand and cope with this complicated transition. The comprehensive note to adults effectively explains how children work through painful questions and feelings. The touching story—with the endearing Zoey and her attempt to understand a very grown up topic—ends with extremely helpful follow up questions that will be highly valued by parents, child advocates, therapists, and others who wish to better serve children during this difficult time. I highly recommend this book to parents and professionals.

    Sacha Coupet, Ph.D., J.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Law, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an outstanding book that is gentle, positive, and validating for both children and adults. With an excellent and informative parent guide about the value of talking to children about their feelings, a highly sensitive and engaging story with exquisite illustrations, and an effective list of questions that children typically ask, this book is essential reading for divorcing families, and for therapists and advocates working with children of divorce.

    Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Michigan

  • Family Changes is an inspiring and exceptional book on divorce. It explains divorce in a developmentally appropriate and comforting language that validates children's complex feelings about divorce. Dr. Maker's expertise and years of experience working with children who are coping with the grief and confusion that often accompany divorce shine through in every page. I highly recommend this book to divorcing parents, schools, libraries, and professionals working with children of divorce.

    Martha Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University, CA

  • Dr. Maker has brought us this excellent child-centric educational book about how to navigate the changes of a family undergoing divorce. Dr. Maker takes us through this experience from the child's point of view and shares the gift of positive transformation that can occur during this life-changing time. The illustrations are sublime and the topic is handled so gently and ingeniously. Of course, it is written by a child psychologist with the gift of creativity. It's a book that every child therapist, library, school, and families going through a divorce should have on their shelves.

    Krista Royabal, M.D., Psychiatrist, Executive Medical Director, True Life Center for Wellbeing, CA

  • Based on the typical emotional turbulence a child feels from separation or divorce, Family Changes receives high recommendation as the first title that adults should turn to in the effort to explain, explore, and support a child's feelings in the matter, concluding with a list of 'process questions' which adults can use to further enhance the story line's overall approach.

    CA Bookwatch/Donovan’s Literary Services/Recommended Reading

  • The story touches on several key issues that children worry about - will their parents still love them, will they have two homes now, did they somehow cause the divorce, etc. The book also opens with a straightforward Note to Adults and ends with a list of questions that adults can discuss with children. Often books that do a good job of explaining divorce and separation are so focused on the child's point-of-view, that they don't offer any advice for the parents, caregivers, and teachers that are trying to help the child makes sense of it all. Family Changes avoids that problem and gives good guidelines for adults. I would recommend this book to parents and other family members, educators, and counselors.

    NetGalley Reviews/The Fairview Review - Librarian

  • This story is filled with little moments that reflect the nature of children perfectly. If you need to explain what it means to be divorced or separated to your child then this is one of the best ways to do that. The book is filled with relatable emotions and questions that a lot of children will have if their family is going through a separation. Dr. Maker’s years of experience are evident in the story as she masterfully addresses many common concerns for children experiencing a divorce in their family.

    The Littlest Bookshelf