The Back-to-School season is a shared battle between parents and their children. From adapting to a new routine and coping with academic pressure to making new friends and navigating extracurricular activities, the best present we can give our little ones is our presence.

Being there for our children during this time means more than being physically present. It entails understanding their world and providing unwavering support. Children who feel seen, heard, and loved at home carry this confidence to their school, their peer interactions, and eventually, their personal lives.

And so, as we steer into the Back-to-School season and begin a new academic year, a friendly Floridian from Fort Myers is encouraging parents and children to come together and get to know each other.

Children’s Author, Mary Asaro joins our John Masiulionis and Little Forrest for Episode #181 of PR From The Heart’s Children’s Books Spotlight Series to share her inspiring story, the release of her new children’s book, Shelly and Friends, how her son’s encouragement not only inspirited her to write and share her story but bring them closer together in the process, why it’s important to tackle tough topics with our kids, how talking to our children about their emotions and feelings can significantly contribute to their mental health, how parents can let their presence be felt by their kids in their day-to-day lives, plus much more.

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


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Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #181: Mary Asaro | Shelly and Friends