Parenting Through Stories

by Dr Sarah Mundy in Newquay, England, United Kingdom

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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by 21st May 2020 at 2:18pm

Help us get the first children’s book “Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" (about separation anxiety) and Parenting Handbook into print.

by Dr Sarah Mundy in Newquay, England, United Kingdom

What is Parenting Through Stories?

I came up with the idea of Parenting Through Stories when my first child was a toddler, and parenting became that bit more challenging! Most advice out there seemed to focus on managing children's behaviour, rather than helping them understand what it was about and what feelings may be driving it.  

Through my clinical work, I have seen how important it is for children to have help in making sense of their world. Storytelling is a very powerful way to do this, so I decided to develop a series of interactive children's picture books, and an accompanying parenting handbook, to help children and parents work together to make things easier.

Parenting Through Stories also aims to be a useful resource for early years settings, including childminders, nurseries and pre-schools.

Bartley's Books

The first series of stories, Bartley's Books, focus on a little bear called Bartley as he navigates the challenges of growing up. He is helped both by his parents and a little squirrel called Nudge (who can be found under the flaps).  The stories mirror the PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) approach, which I often use in my work with children and parents. This focuses on deepening the attachment relationship and helps children understand and manage their feelings and behaviours, with the help of important adults. 

Nudge provides a curious voice, asking children both about Bartley's experiences, but also about their own, helping them learn to reflect upon their lives and learn that big feelings are manageable, as well as gain a better understanding of what is expected of them. In addition to helping children, Bartley's Books provide parents with tools to talk to their children about tricky feelings, something which can be difficult. 

Your 'Parenting Handbook'

The "Parenting Handbook" provides additional support to parents, helping them to understand the developmental tasks of the early years, and providing some ideas on how best to support their children (and themselves!) through this time. It is accessible, realistic, and in short chapters (we are well aware of how little time having young children allows!).  Each area covered in Bartley's Books is considered, and the importance of storytelling and the attachment relationship in the early years discussed.  There is also advice on how parents can look after themselves and reduce that pressure that we so often feel when trying to get it "right".

The Team

To take Parenting Through Stories further we are now a team of self-employed mums - myself, an illustrator (Rachel Millson-Hill), an editor and blogger (Rebecca Ritson) and Claire Payne, who is coordinating the PR and marketing. 

Becky's weekly blogs, which are beautifully written and well worth the read, are available on our website: www.parentingthroughstories.com.

We have teamed up with Small and Wild company who make delicious herbal tea for children.  Some of the rewards come with a box of its natural, healthy and ethically-sourced teabags for your children to enjoy (you can find out more about them at www.smallandwild.com). Maybe you can have a cuppa when reading "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" together!

How will we spend the money?

If this crowdfunding campaign is successful we will publish the first book in the series - "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" - which is about separation anxiety, as well as the "Parenting Handbook". 

The Future

There are five more children's stories in the first series of Bartley's Books.  Our aim is to get these to print as soon as possible. These focus on other situations common in the early years that both children and parents can find difficult to manage. 

In the longer-term, we hope to reach many parents and children with this project, particularly those who may be struggling, with the aim to increase both parent's confidence, and their child's emotional and behavioural wellbeing.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or ideas about working together please contact us on hello@parentingthroughstories.com.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

Parenting Handbook NOW - help through lockdown

We are all at home with our children at this scary time. We will send you a copy of the handbook (pdf) to help you feel more confident in supporting your child’s emotional wellbeing/managing developmental challenges. If you can’t afford this please email us and we will sort something out. Any questions about supporting you/your children through this crisis just get in touch. If you pledge for a reward which arrives later we can still send pdf now

£7 or more

A huge thank you for your support

Gratitude for giving to a project that could help many children and families. Giving, without getting tangible rewards, has linked to our own mental health and wellbeing (a reward in itself?!). Thank you!

£8 or more

A digital copy of the Parenting Handbook

You will receive the Parenting Handbook digitally. This includes easily digestible information on the importance of storytelling, the attachment relationship, the PACE approach, emotional development and much more. There are also "Top Tips" relating to each of the areas considered in Bartley's Books - separation anxiety, tricky behaviours, bedtime routines, the arrival of a new sibling, healthy eating and toilet training.

£9 or more

9 of 40 claimed

Limited offer - Please Stay Here - I Want You Near

A copy of the beautifully illustrated “Please Stay Here - I Want You Near” discounted for early birds! Free UK delivery, please add £3 for overseas deliveries

£9 or more

A hard copy of the Parenting Handbook

The Parenting Handbook, with all its useful advice, in print. Free delivery within the UK. Please add an additional £3 to overseas pledges to cover postage costs.

£14 or more

A copy of "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near"

The first in Bartley's Books. "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" is beautifully illustrated and supports you and your child to manage separation anxiety. Please add an additional £3 to overseas pledges to cover postage costs.

£20 or more

9 of 10 claimed

Both books & a consultation with Dr Sarah Mundy

Early Bird Offer - a copy of both books in print - the Parenting Handbook and "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near". You will also receive a box of Small & Wild's delicious, award-winning herbal tea (RRP £5.95) for children and be invited to take part in an hour long group video consultation with Dr Mundy, where you can discuss your own experiences of parenting and ask for advice (limited to 10 families).

£22 or more

"Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" & Handbook

A copy of both books in print - the Parenting Handbook and "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near". You will also receive a box of Small & Wild's delicious, award-winning herbal tea for children (RRP £5.95). Please note, the box of herbal tea is only available for the first 150 pledges.

£64 or more

A copy of both books & a personalised illustration

You will receive both books as well as a personalised illustration by Rachel Millson-Hill (computer-drawn) of the loveable main characters, Bartley the Bear or Nudge the Squirrel (featuring your child's name or other text you would like).

£165 or more

0 of 12 claimed

Both books & individual consultation with Dr Mundy

You will receive both the Parenting Handbook and a copy of "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" as well as an hour long individual video consultation with Dr Sarah Mundy to discuss any parenting questions you might have.

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Both books & hand drawn personalised illustration

A copy of both the "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" and the Parenting Handbook, as well as a hand-drawn, personalised illustration by Rachel Millson-Hill of the loveable main characters, Bartley the Bear of Nudge the Squirrel (featuring your child's name or other text you would like).

£260 or more

15 copies of each book (30 books in total)

You will receive 15 copies of the Parenting Handbook and "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near". This is a significant discount from pledging for individual copies and may be helpful for early years settings, reception classrooms, and/or organisations supporting parents. Please note, you can request more copies of the Parenting Handbook than the children's story (or vice versa) according to your organisational needs.

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Have your child's favourite toy in the book!

We will add an illustration of your child's favourite toy into "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near" as well as provide you with a copy of both books.

£480 or more

30 copies of each book (60 books)

30 copies of the Parenting Handbook & of "Please Stay Here - I Want You Near". This is a significant discount from pledging for individual copies and may be helpful for early years settings, reception classrooms, and/or organisations supporting parents. You can request more copies of the Parenting Handbook than the children's story (or vice versa) according to your organisational needs. For bigger orders contact hello@parentingthroughstories.com

£500 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Half day training (South West UK only)

Dr Sarah Mundy will visit your setting and provide training to your staff group around the approach behind Parenting Through Stories, including advice about helping children with their emotional and behavioural wellbeing. This would be relevant to early years settings, parent support services, parenting organisations, and primary schools.

£1,250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sponsor Parenting Through Stories

Have your organisation's logo on the Parenting Handbook. Work with Parenting Through Stories to promote both your organisation's ethos and ours. Please note, we would want to ensure that we are both advocating the same approach to parenting/supporting children's emotional and behavioural wellbeing (which I am sure we will be if you are considering to pledge!).

Let's make 'Parenting Through Stories' happen

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