It’s Coming!

18 May

ImageMeet Little Mar

 

Wow!  Time is flying by so fast.  It feels like it was just yesterday that I got an e-mail from Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks suggesting a partnership in the development of a children’s book about diabetes. Now we are only a little over a month away from the book’s release, Diabetes & Healthy Eating, on July 4th.

 We are so excited about the potential of this book to help children all over the world cope with this difficult disease.  The more I talk to people about this book the more it solidifies how important this project is to the diabetic community.

 The average parent is trying to teach their child so many things: how to tie their shoes, how to keep their room clean, how to play nice with others.  If you are a parent you know that the list is almost endless. If you have a child with any kind of health issue, this task just becomes all the more difficult.

 At the top of this list are issues with food.  Ask any parent that has a child with food allergies or diabetes, and you will realize the amount of stress that comes with monitoring what they eat on a constant basis. Simple events like birthday parties, classroom celebrations or just eating out can become very difficult to handle. Today with so many children dealing with obesity, food is no longer becoming just a topic for these health challenges, but for all children.

 What child wants to be lectured about diet, exercise or nutrition?  No child that I know.  In fact I don’t know many adults that want that either.  This is why the idea of this book began.  How can we teach young children about these difficult issues in a fun and friendly way that will keep their attention and educate at the same time? 

 Children with diabetes and their families face such a difficult road ahead of them.  Unlike allergies that can diminish some with age or medication, Juvenile Diabetes is a life-long journey that can end very badly if not taken seriously.

 It is our prayer that this book can be a tool in making this life challenge a little easier for these little ones to face.  But we need your help to spread the word.  This book can help no one if they don’t know about it.  Please pass the information about this book to any doctors, educators, or parents that can share this with a young child that might be able to benefit from it.    

 You can pre-order this book or just learn more about Charles Mattocks and his quest to help the diabetic world by going to http://charlesmattocks.com or the direct book website @ http://charliesland.com.

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7 Responses to “It’s Coming!”

  1. Julie Anne Grasso May 19, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Congrats Kristie on such a wonderful venture. We wish you all the best from the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  2. Christy May 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m stopping by from the Kid Lit blog hop. Does the book talk about social costs of being a child who has to eat differently?
    We struggled for a while with food restrictions for one of our sons, and the hardest thing was all the group activities – boy scouts, church, etc – all attempting to feed him stuff he couldn’t have.

    • kristigrimm May 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      This book is more of an intro to diabetes and eating healthy. We are hoping to have more books in the series that can cover different topics like that. You make such a good point though. Our society doesn’t make the task any easier. I really appreciate your comment.

  3. Melinda Taliancich Falgoust May 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful endeavor! I know several children who are combating diabetes. It is commendable to have put forth a project to both entertain and educate families. Kudos!

  4. Renee C. May 22, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    I just love the idea behind the book Kristi and you’ve totally framed the issue so beautifully in this post. It is totally stressful for parents when they have a child with a significant and chronic health issue – and it’s stressful for the child too! I am happy to spread the word about this book. Congrats! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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