Are you an avid reader looking for your next "fix"? Can't bear to be without some form of reading material in your spare time? Welcome to my world! Whether you are seeking a new book to "feed your need", or you are an author seeking an unbiased point of view on your own recent masterpiece, this is the place to be. With life as with books, you never know where the next step might take you...

Sunday, March 3, 2024

BOARD book Sunday... MY TINY DINO LIBRARY!




We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with BOARD book Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday appears every now and then... but today's a little different. Today, we've got two BOARD books that feature stars from the jurassic period, and will be ROARing into bookstores near you a little later this month. Ready? Set? Here we go!


  

MY TINY DINO LIBRARY: T-REX
MY TINY DINO LIBRARY: TRICERATOPS
by
J.D. Forester
Illustrated by 
Sarah Rebar
9780593751282 
9780593751275 
Grosset & Dunlap
Release Date: March 12th, 2024


In classic Board Book style, the thick pages are perfect for little ones to really get in on the dino-riffic fun, while the cute shaped edges will draw their curiosity. Once the cover is opened, the fun continues with clever little rhymes that not only move the story onward, but also impart a little knowledge along the way, making these two titles able to dino stomp into readers formative years with ease. The familiar dinosaurs πŸ¦• chosen allow visual recognition, while piling on the fun as the opportunity to ROAR, CRUNCH, and MUNCH present themselves for that interactive layer of bookish goodness. Top it all off with colorful images to dazzle and delight, and I'd say this is a great start to a promising prehistoric library!




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About the author...

J. D. Forester lives on a farm in Connecticut with her cat, Dino. 



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About the illustrator...

Sarah Rebar is an illustrator based in Los Angeles who has worked on several books, including four for Michelle Obama’s Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi! She earned her BFA in illustration and design from Syracuse University and currently works as an Art Director for Noggin, Nickelodeon’s educational platform for kids. For nine years, she worked as an in-house artist for Sesame Street, working on projects for TV, publishing, and digital media.



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Special thanks to Jaleesa at Penguin Young Readers for the set for review. (THANKS!) This title is available now via Grosset & Dunlap in an awesome little gift set, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. 


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!




Tuesday, February 27, 2024

RRR presents... The House Sitter by Elizabeth Drummond - REVIEW!


The lady doth protests too much is an often true phrase applied to romance tinged novels, and today's Rachel's Random Resources guest is not immune to the association.  When tempers flare, it's often because we care enough to fight for it, but when sparks fly as a result, the outcome can be extraordinary.  Ladies and gents, time to meet today's unlikely potential couple and our ebook of choice...



The House Sitter
by
Elizabeth Drummond


About the book...
His house. Her rules. But who’s in charge?

Pippa Munro had everything planned for her perfect wedding. What she did not have planned, was for her boyfriend to break up with her. Or sell her beloved farm. So instead of being blissfully engaged, Pippa finds herself jobless, homeless and loveless. Things couldn’t be going better…

Wolfie Squires needs someone to look after his family’s ancient house. He’s too busy with his hot shot city job to deal with a country manor several hundred miles away.

The perfect solution? Find someone to house sit.
The less-than-perfect candidate? Pippa Munro.

Pippa is more comfortable working on a farm than dusting a chandelier, and definitely not the ideal choice for the job.

As tempers fray, ideas clash, and secrets are spilled, Pippa and Wolfie might realise they have the same ambitions for the house, if only they could stop arguing long enough to find out…




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We meet Pippa as a young girl just starting out in the world.  She has friends by her side, plans for the future, and a boyfriend to pass the time with...or not.  The future has a way of surprising us, for better AND worse, and while dreams can come true, they don't always do so in the way we're expecting.  Give fate a timeline, and watch it laugh right back at you!

I enjoyed seeing these two, Pippa and Wolfie, go head to head.  Even from their first moments on the grounds, you could sense their relationship would be something to watch.  They both had clear visions of what the here and now should be for each of them that they often got in their own way.  Jealousy is definitely a green-eyed monster that raises its recognizable head a few times throughout the tale, but to what end, I'll let you discover because the smiles are all in the moments, and the details warm the heart.  Definitely threads of the infamous grumpy/sunshine trope we all know and love...well, I know and love...and as we reach for that happily-ever-after nothing is fully tied up with a bow until book's end, so prepare your heart for the ride!

A great pick for Contemporary Fiction fans as well as Contemporary Romance readers, and a fun way to wile away a weekend.



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About the author...


Elizabeth Drummond grew up and studied in Yorkshire, attaining a degree in English Literature from Sheffield University before moving to New York for a year post-graduation. It was in New York she learned she was nothing like Carrie Bradshaw so upon her return to England she moved to London where she forged a successful career as a film distribution executive. Although her experiences on film sets and corporate boardrooms could fill multiple books with scandal alone, Elizabeth’s books are mostly filled with light-hearted humour and romance. Elizabeth lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters.





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Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ebook for review. This title is available now, so snag your copy at your favorite online retailer.

Until next time, remember... if it looks good, READ IT!



Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... NOT QUITE A SCANDAL by Bliss Bennet- COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY!

 


 An inheritance lost. A betrothal threatened. A scandal brewing…  



Are you ready for your next wish list addition? πŸ˜‰ Well then, keep reading as we check out the gorgeous cover, a tempting synopsis, plus her you a chance to win in the Silver Dagger Book Tours tour wide giveaway!



Not Quite a Scandal

Audacious Ladies of Audley Book 2

by Bliss Bennet

Genre: Historical Regency Romance

An inheritance lost. A betrothal threatened. A scandal brewing…

Outspoken Quaker Bathsheba Honeychurch knows how difficult it is for an unmarried woman to successfully champion political change. Her solution? Wed best friend Ash Griffin as soon as he comes of age and begin remaking the world. But when Ash’s urbane, aloof cousin arrives with inconceivable news, Sheba’s future dreams are suddenly at risk…

The death of the Earl of Silliman reveals an appalling lie: it is not Noel Griffin, but his long-lost cousin Ash, who is the true heir to their grandfather’s title. Raised to place family above all, Noel accepts his grandmother’s bitter charge: find Ash, disentangle him from his religious community, and train him to take on the responsibilities and privileges of a title that Noel had been raised to believe was his. Noel certainly won’t allow a presumptuous, irritating Quakeress to thwart him in doing his duty—no matter how fascinating he finds her...

When scandal threatens both their reputations, can Sheba and Noel look beyond past dreams and imagine a new world—together?


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Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance. Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss has always been fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particularly the politically-volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she's visited Britain several times, Bliss continues to make her home in the States, along with her spouse and an ever-multiplying collection of historical reference books.

Bliss's Regency-set historical romances have been praised as "savvy, sensual, and engrossing" by  USA Today, "catnip for the Historical Romance reader" by Bookworlder, "romantic, funny, touching, and extremely well-researched" by All About Romance, and "everything you want in a great historical romance" by The Reading Wench. Bliss's latest book is Not Quite a Scandal, the second book in The Audacious Ladies of Audley series.


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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Storybook Sunday... THE STORYTELLER by Lindsay Bonilla, Illustrated by Noar Lee Naggan - REVIEW!




We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday appears every now and then!

Today's featured title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY next month and brings us a tale of beauty, and love much deeper than you might at first perceive. So, if you're ready to be reminded of the true power of stories and those that tell them, sit back, relax, and keep reading as we introduce today's book of choice...



by
Lindsay Bonilla
Illustrated by
Noar Lee Naggan
9780593109588
RELEASE DATE: March 5th, 2024

About the book...
Griffin’s grandmother spins the most marvelous stories, from breathtaking fairy tales to fascinating family lore. These stories fuel his imagination and fill their days with magic. So when he sees her once-bright spark begin to fade, Griffin is scared to think of the future. Fortunately, though, he has her stories to guide him—and to remind him that he is braver than he could ever imagine.





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This gorgeously told story tells of a grandson's love for his grandmother, the Storyteller, and the wonderful ways that those we cherish stay with us always. 

I gotta admit, this book arrived at an appropriate time in my life with my family's recent loss, but it also packed quite the punch for the very same reasons. The images that bring us through page after page relay in brilliant colors the life lessons we share through tall tales, make believe, and imagination... even when we're not looking for them. The words used portray the tender memories we're making even when we are unaware and the power they will hold when one day we become the Storyteller ourselves. I loved seeing this pair celebrating their time together as much as I loved scouring the scenes for images hidden in the background, bidding their time until needed for this lesson, or to illustrate a memory that held more than fairytales. 

From cover to cover, this is a beautiful book in both imagery and tale that would make a wonderful addition to any family library. 







About the author...

Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and author whose previous picture books include Parents’ Choice Award winner Polar Bear Island, I Love You with All of My Hearts, and The Note Who Faced the Music. She lives with her husband, two wild and creative kids, and her dog, Blitzen, in North Canton, Ohio. Learn more at lindsaybonilla.com.




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About the illustrator...

Noar Lee Naggan (noarleenaggan.com) also illustrated Lilah Tov Good Night (by Ben Gundersheimer). Originally from Israel, with a background in animation and graphic design, he is now a full-time illustrator in Edinburgh, Scotland.




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Special thanks to the dream team at Blue Slip Media for the chance to bring this title to you and to the publisher for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the authorsm, illustrator, or publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!




Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!











Friday, February 23, 2024

RRR presents... It's Complicated by Camilla Isley - REVIEW!


Romcom fan?
You've come to the right place today because Rachel's Random Resources is stopping by with a tour starring the latest from author Camilla Isley. This isn't my first rodeo with her work, and I've enjoyed my encounters in the past, so O couldn't wait to get between the epages of this one.  Care to join me? Let's go!



It's Complicated
by
Camilla Isley
Boldwood Books 


About the book...
Lori has been in love with her best friend Aiden since college. Now Aiden (handsome, fair, All-American dream doctor) is getting married, and Lori desperately needs a date to the wedding.

So she asks the best man, Jace (tall, dark, and brooding), to pretend their platonic friendship is something more not to have to face the worst day of her life alone.

Fake dating one best friend to forget the other should be easy… Plot twist—it’s not. When Jace starts acting like the sweetest, most attentive boyfriend, Lori begins to wonder if she’s been seeing him wrong all this time?

They've been an inseparable trio since freshman year, but now everything is changing — and that's not even bringing Jace's feelings into the mix.

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OMG! This book was SO much fun! We've got fake dating, unrequited love, a love triangle, and friends to lovers with a happily ever after twist you're simply going to love!

Lori had a crush on Aiden, Jace had a crush on Lori, and Aiden never really had a chance to understand what feelings he might have had for Lori thanks to a secret pact... which I will not be going into so I don't spoil the details. Anywho, one wedding announcement later, and Lori and Jace are presenting an unexpected, but united front to face the music... and falling in love along the way. It's sweet, funny, heartfelt with just the perfect amount of spice, you'll be laughing as much as you're sighing with every turn of the page. 

By book's end, there's a happy surprise you won't see coming, but, trust me, you'll gladly be a witness to the events that unfold. A wonderful pick for romcom fans and Romance readers alike, and a great addition to this author's growing body of works!








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About the author...


Camilla Isley is an engineer who left science behind to write bestselling contemporary rom-coms set all around the world. She lives in Italy and her first title for Boldwood, The Love Theorem, a Hollywood-meets-STEM romance, will be published in June 2023.







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Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ebook for review. This title is available now, so snag your copy at your favorite online retailer. 


Until next time, remember... if it looks good, READ IT!




Wednesday, February 21, 2024

AWARENESS TOUR: Ode to a Pug by Jill Rosen, Illustrated by Stephanie Rohr - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!



*WOOF WOOF*
Today's post is going to the dogs, and the dog lovers!  The Children's Book Review is currently featuring a furry, friendly, cutesy little storybook on their latest AWARENESS TOUR that stars man's best friend, companion, co-captain, and loveable agent of chaos...or more specifically, the PUG!  So get ready to SIT, STAY, and read because you'll be begging for more by post's end, and I don't blame you in the least!




Written by
Jill Rosen
Illustrated by
Stephanie Rohr
Ages 4+ | 32 Pages
978-1-958842-24-9
AM Ink Publishing (2024)


About the book...
A precocious pug delights in shenanigans which drive her frazzled owner to declare she will give her pup away!

Laugh along with the snorting, snoring, and gaseous clown of the canine world as its owner struggles to reign in the messes and mayhem of a new addition. But there is nothing that a few licks and cuddles can’t fix, right?

A true delight that any family can relate to, Ode to a Pug is full of heart… and a lot of slobber.








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This kid friendly, but also adult friendly, storybook features the wild and wooly times of a little pug and his owner.  From zoomies to chewing on EVERYTHING, feeding time to TOOTing time, cuddles to dress up, and all things in between, it shares the beauty of the dog and dog parent relationship in all its brilliant colors.

Let's face it, anyone that has a dog can attest to the wonderful times to be shared, but also the utter chaos that can break out the moment you turn your head, step out of the room, or the mood strikes.  I've had dogs throughout my life, and we added a puppy around Christmas time.  She's still "little" in age, but GROWING bigger each day, so while she sits sweet and prim for a cookie, the zoomies multiple times a day take on a new meaning when you're dealing with a now 30ish pound puppy!  Let's just say DUCK AND COVER is a phrase you hear AND obey if you're in her path.  (LOL!)  Are there moments you think man, I just need some quiet time  or  I really don't want to take a walkie right now ...for certain, but would I trade her for the world?  HECK to the NO!  Same goes for our little smooshy nosed furry terr...I mean, cuddle bug...here.  He may get into things he shouldn't, demand time and attention when you're at wits end, but in hindsight, it's well worth the loads of love in return.

If you're a dog lover, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!  If you're a dog parent, YOU'VE LIVED THIS BOOK, but you still need it to commiserate and reminisce.  Whether you're a kiddo or simply one at heart, take a moment to indulge yourself with this one.  You won't be sorry!






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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jill Rosen is a career marketer and advertiser who lives with two kids, three dogs, two cats, one bird, and a former stand-up comic and Princeton sketch-comedy writing husband. She doesn’t need to go far for comedic inspiration or advice!

Through her brand management work, Jill’s early recognition of, and appreciation for, powerful writing and artistic design only flourished. She is a seasoned workshop facilitator and strategic healthcare consultant specializing in the areas of mental health and infertility.

Jill was inspired to begin writing her own stories by her two boys, both avid readers. Now Jill can’t wait to share them with all the young readers out there.

For more information, visit: https://odetoapug.com/




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Steph Rohr is a French Award-winning children’s book illustrator who earned a distinction from ECV Art School in Paris. She is fond of anything silly, funny, wacky, daft, and colorful. A freelance Illustrator & Art Director, Steph has been working in London in publishing and advertising.




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***   GIVEAWAY   ***


Enter the giveaway for the chance to win an author-signed hardcover copy of Ode to a Pug, a 4″ custom pug plush, plus a die-cut pug sticker!




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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by Jill Rosen. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!



TOUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 15, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Friday, February 16, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Monday, February 19, 2024
An Article by Author Jill Rosen

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Thursday, February 22, 2024
An Article by Author Jill Rosen

Friday, February 23, 2024
An Interview with Author Jill Rosen

Monday, February 26, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Friday, March 1, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Monday, March 4, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
An Interview with Author Jill Rosen

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug and Little Free Library Drop

Thursday, March 7, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug

Friday, March 8, 2024
Book Review of Ode to a Pug


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


RRR presents... A Wartime Welcome from the Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts - REVIEW!


Hello friends.
Welcome back to another bookish day here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  We're ever so slowly getting back into the swing of things with everything going on, and I just wanted to say that I appreciate everyone's kind words during this trying time.  Placing reality aside for a moment, let's take a look at the book on today's docket, shall we?

Rachel's Random Resources is once again making the rounds with a newly released Boldwood Books title that's ready to whisk you away to times gone by, indulge in your bookish nature, and embroil you in a mystery that could have dire consequences if not properly solved.  Sound like your cup of tea?  Well then, sit down for a spell and take a look between the epages of today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...


A Wartime Welcome from the Foyles Bookshop Girls
by
Elaine Roberts
Boldwood Books


About the book...
London, 1918: the world is being torn apart by war, but for the girls of London’s Foyles bookshop, where there is friendship, there is hope… 
Perfect for fans of Rosie Clarke and Elaine Everest.

Ellen Beckford and her sister Mary are living under their father’s shadow. Before their beloved mother died, they had dreamed of bright futures, but torn apart by grief, Harold Beckford barely lets his daughters out of his sight. Then Harold is injured during a break-in at his office at London’s docklands, and can no longer work. And with prices rising and food scarce, Ellen has no choice but to defy her father’s rules and seek employment. She finds a position at London’s renowned Foyles bookshop, and the other shop girls quickly take her under their wing.

But there are dark times ahead. Ellen’s father is accused of gathering intelligence from the docklands for the enemy, and the police seem determined to see him shot for spying. With the help of her new friends, can Ellen clear her father’s name and save her family from destitution?





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Family, friends, and the future...all things we can never truly be certain of, but place our trust in nonetheless, come what may.  If we're lucky, we choose wisely and things play out as planned; if not, we suffer the consequences to make it to another day.  Most of us will be on the winning side most of the time, but there are times that are darker which befall us all, and it's up to us to let the light back in.

Such is the case here for Ellen and her father.  Times were hard enough without the sudden departure of one of their beloved, but they didn't let it strike a death toll for their present, nor their future.  They pulled together as best they could, did what needed doing to survive, and fought like heck to shut down the naysayers trying to throw shade on their good name for their own nefarious reasons.  Are they successful?  Well, that's for me to know and you to READ in order to find out, but I will say this...no task undertaken in the name of love and family is ever done only halfway.  Ellen, along with the help of her new friends, will learn much about life, much about matters of the heart, and much about the importance of fighting for those we care about most...including ourselves when necessary.

By book's end, things are set to right, or as right as they could be, and we're given a window into what may still be on the horizon for the characters we've come to know and love during our time between the pages.  A great addition to the series that can certainly be read as a standalone, and the perfect pick for Historical Fiction fans that like their stories with a bit of heart.




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About the author...


Elaine Roberts is the bestselling author of historical sagas set in London during the First World War. Previously published by Aria, she is bringing her successful Foyles Girls titles to Boldwood who will publish the fourth in this series in February 2024.




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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you, as well as the publisher for the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

AWARENESS TOUR: Guess How Marion Feels by Miss Kaye, Illustrated by Miss Waitthk - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!



Getting in touch with our feelings is something that starts in childhood.  With a boost in the right direction, it can help little ones grow into well balanced little bundles of joy that know how to acknowledge what they are feelings, grow from it, and share that all around goodness with those that surround.  The book featured on today's AWARENESS TOUR with The Children's Book Review aims to do just that and more with little Marion guiding readers through a story all about feelings.  KEEP READING for a quick glimpse at the tale, and then continue reading for a special GUEST POST with the author about Emotional Intelligence...




by
Miss Kaye
Illustrated by
Miss Waitthk
Ages 3+ | 34 Pages
9781738593026
Maya Nurtures (2024)


About the book...
Marion is a kind, creative, and easy kid… but he’s faced with BIG emotions. Help Marion identify those BIG feelings in this interactive children’s picture book.

Guess How Marion Feels is a transformative experience that lays the foundation for emotional intelligence and meaningful connections. A gentle Social Emotional Learning (SEL) tool to guide parents, caregivers, and teachers to teach kids who struggle to pick up social cues and have challenges in social situations.

This book is made to celebrate and honor the feelings of our little ones, foster open communication, and create inclusive learning with our neurodivergent kids. Written by a neurodivergent author, Miss Kaye aims to support kids and everyone struggling with social interactions.







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How to Teach Toddlers Emotional Intelligence


Our feelings, emotions, and affection are what make us feel connected to ourselves and our surroundings. It is the foundation of every relationship we form in our lives—the fundamental element in building stronger and lasting human connections.

Yet, it is the most tricky thing to teach. We are complex creatures with differences in culture, beliefs, parenting, gender identity, environment, neuro differences, personal biases, and many, many more. These could almost guarantee that each of us is one-of-a-kind on this planet. 

Despite our uniqueness, we have common needs to meet. One of these needs is the sense of having healthy emotional connections. BrenΓ© Brown famously quoted Maya Angelou with these words, "You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great." Basically, the core of belonging is being yourself. It takes experience, challenges, achievement… even a lifetime to achieve this. In essence, the philosophy of knowing oneself is through self-awareness and consciousness.

In the realm of child development, one of the crucial aspects to consider is emotional self-regulation. This is the ability of the child to control their own emotions, handle frustrations, and resist impulsive behavior. As parents, caregivers, teachers, and concerned adults, it is our responsibility to guide little ones on this journey of self-regulation.  


Understanding Self-Regulation

Self-regulation, in its essence, refers to a child's capacity to manage their emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation. It encompasses the ability to resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting stimuli, calm oneself down when upset, adjust to changes in expectations, and handle frustration without outbursts. These skills mature as children grow, allowing them to direct their behavior toward goals despite the unpredictability of the world and their own feelings.


Identifying Emotional Dysregulation

Emotional dysregulation can manifest differently in each child. Some may display instantaneous, intense reactions without warning, while others may have a slower build-up, leading to a behavioral outburst. The common thread is the struggle to manage strong emotions effectively. It's essential to recognize these signs and address them proactively.


Factors Contributing to Self-Regulation Challenges

Several factors can contribute to a child's difficulties with self-regulation. These include inherent temperament and personality traits, which may make self-soothing more challenging for some children.

Additionally, the environment plays a significant role; when parents consistently step in to soothe or solve problems, children may struggle to develop self-discipline. Conditions such as autism or anxiety can further compound these challenges, making it crucial to provide tailored support.


Teaching Self-Regulation Skills

Teaching self-regulation skills is not about avoiding difficult situations but rather coaching children through them and providing a supportive framework. This process, often referred to as "scaffolding," involves breaking challenging activities into manageable parts.

For instance, if a child struggles with a particular task, such as brushing their teeth, start with a simplified step, like applying toothpaste to the brush. Praise their efforts and gradually add more steps as they gain confidence.


The Power of Practice Runs

Another effective method to scaffold self-regulation is through practice runs. If a child tends to react impulsively or have tantrums in specific situations, create low-stakes scenarios for them to practice better responses. For instance, if shopping trips are a trigger, make short visits where they can practice walking calmly and keeping their hands to themselves. Reward their successes to reinforce positive behavior.


Encouraging Self-Reflection

To foster self-regulation, it's essential to encourage self-reflection in children. When they make mistakes or exhibit impulsive behavior, approach the situation calmly and provide non-judgmental feedback. Discuss what went wrong, why it happened, and how they can handle it differently next time. Creating an environment that promotes thoughtful, reflective, and self-aware behavior is key to long-term success.


Additional Tools for Self-Regulation

In addition to the techniques mentioned above, mindfulness and meditation can be beneficial for children, particularly those with self-regulation challenges. These practices help children focus on the present moment and develop greater emotional awareness. Parent training programs offer valuable resources for caregivers looking to enhance their coaching skills. For older children, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can provide essential tools for distress tolerance and emotion regulation.


The Family Environment's Role

Ultimately, the family environment plays a central role in fostering self-regulation. Consistency, patience, and ongoing support are fundamental. Remember that every child is unique, and progress may not always be linear. By modeling self-reflection and self-regulation, parents and caregivers create an environment where children can thrive and develop these crucial skills.


In conclusion, helping children improve their self-regulation skills is a vital aspect of their development. By understanding the nuances of self-regulation, identifying dysregulation, addressing contributing factors, and employing effective teaching methods, we can guide our children toward emotional maturity and self-control. 

Remember, the journey may be challenging, but the rewards of seeing a child grow into a self-regulated individual are immeasurable.

Notes: 

  • This article is intended as a comprehensive guide to fostering emotional self-regulation in children and should not replace professional advice or intervention when necessary.

  • References used are resources from the National Library of Medicine on the topic of Parenting in the Context of the Child: Genetic and Social Processes, Colombia University Irving Medical Centre, Medication from materials of Deepak Chopra, and other psychology books.






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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Miss Kaye was born in the Philippines. She had challenges as an adult neurodivergent. This serves as her inspiration for writing fun, engaging, and educational stories to teach life skills and mindfulness to kids.



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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR


Miss Waitthk is from Hongkong. She enjoys making people feel happy and joyful through her drawings. As a kid, she remembered drawing anime characters and coloring them with colored pencils. Since then, she kept on drawing.




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***   GIVEAWAY   ***



Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a 1-hour FREE coaching session to launch your own picture book, along with signed copies of Guess How Marion Feels (one to keep and one to share with a neurodivergent charity of your choice under your name).





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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for sharing a bit of themselves with the guest post. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by Maya Nurtures. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


TOUR SCHEDULE

Friday, February 9, 2024
Book Tour Kick-Off

Monday, February 12, 2024
Author Interview with Miss Kaye

Tuesday, Ferbuary 13, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Thursday, February 15, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Friday, February 16, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels and Little Free Library Drop

Monday, February 19, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
An article by Miss Kaye

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Friday, February 23, 2024
Author Interview with Miss Kaye

Monday, February 26, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Friday, March 1, 2024
Author Interview with Miss Kaye

Monday, March 4, 2024
Book Review of Guess How Marion Feels

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
A Storytime Activity Paired with Guess How Marion Feels



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!





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