As parents, it can be challenging to engage our children in difficult conversations such as gun violence, loss, and grief because we don’t think they are mature enough to handle such topics. But thinking that we can shield them by avoiding these conversations will only make it harder for them to navigate their emotions. Not only that, but for some children, these events may be too overwhelming to internalize alone if they have witnessed such unspeakable horrors firsthand.

Therefore, it is imperative that we help them to hold space for any emotions, offer a listening ear, and a extend a comforting embrace. It is also necessary to be honest and explain what has happened, while also providing them with the resources they need to develop healthy coping mechanisms. ‍‍‍

And so, one of our neighbors is here to share a helpful resource parents and educators can use to accomplish this task called, Aftermath—a heartwarming story that teaches kids that life after loss is possible.

Middle-Grade Fiction author Emily Barth Isler joins our John Masiulionis and Little Forrest for Episode #167 of PR From The Heart’s Children’s Books Spotlight Series to talk about how our kids are affected by terrible events, how we can help them connect to their feelings and get back on their lives, the importance of providing a safe space for them to talk about their emotions, how confronting the things that scare us can lead to something beautiful, and more. 


We encourage you, our fellow neighbors, to support Emily by purchasing your copy of and enjoying this empowering read with your little ones: 


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Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #167: Emily Barth Isler | Aftermath