REVIEW and GUEST POST Mama’s Knight by Aurora Whittet +#GIVEAWAY

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Book Description:

Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.

Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.

Buy the Book: Author’s Website

My Review:  So while neither of my parent’s have ever had cancer, I have lost two grandparents to the disease.  That is why when the opportunity came up to read this book I jumped at the chance.  I am not going to lie ya’ll the book made me cry.  Now let me tell you I am not a crier.   I don’t cry during movies, I don’t really cry much at all when it comes to books, but this book is emotionally charged and I feel it should truly be in the hands of ANY child who’s mother has cancer.

The story is a guidebook and a way to help kids and mother’s cope with the disease.   It has activities and explanations in very simple terms so a kid can understand that even though their mother may be too tired to play her love is more powerful than the disease.

If you know anyone that has cancer and young children I urge you know BEG you to go buy this book as I feel it will be a powerful asset to help everyone fight cancer and help put an end to Cancer once and for all.

Thank you for letting me read this absolutely amazing children’s book.

Learning to Listen by Aurora Whittet

As a human, a mom and an author I have had to learn to listen and I’m not sure we ever stop learning this lesson. I talked with family therapist Michelle Craveiro, MA, LMFT, pediatrican David Quale, MD and gynecological oncologist Amy McNally MD to really get it just right in Mama’s Knight. When we listen, we don’t tell our children how they should feel, we ask them how they feel.

There is a style of listening that is called reflective listening. If your child said “mom I made the soccer team” and you instantly went into praise, you may miss what they wanted to talk to you about. Instead say “you made the soccer team, how do you feel?” You repeat what they said and invite them to share more about it. They may be worried, frustrated, nervous, scared or excited. They may have more to share about it, and once you know what it is, you can meet them where they are emotionally.

That is one of the key components I wanted to work into Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love as well as creating Coloring Sheets and a Matching Game on themamavillage.com to help children and parents connect. It can be really hard to get children to open up about their feelings on any day, much less along the journey watching their mom fight cancer.

So Mama’s Knight really became an emotional toolbox for families to talk about what it means for mom to have cancer, but along the way I learned some valuable tools for every day listening with my friends, family and my son. Listening takes a lot of patience and work, but it is the key to help your loved ones through any challenge.

Author’s Bio:

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Meet the Author:

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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