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Recovery Coloring Book For Kids Who Need Help And Hope

I created a coloring book for kids facing unimaginable trauma because having hope and believing you can be okay in the future no matter what’s happening now is the key to recovery and healing. In recovery we are all healing from something, and everyone needs tools for emotional support. Vulnerable children in disrupted, frightening, and life-threatening situations need hope more than anything. Hope aids survival. Books bring new ideas and creativity to children starved for distractions.

What Are The 8 C’s

Using a vocabulary originally intended for children and families coping with substance use and mental illness, we have adapted our new coloring book for all children everywhere. It is the delightful story of a child at sea in dangerous waters. He feels lost and alone. Through the 8 C’s of empowerment depicted in 18 pages to color, the child learns he is not to blame and can help himself.

This story brings hope and reassurance in both words and pictures that any child anywhere can relate to. Because there are so few words, it’s easy to translate. This delight 25 page coloring book comes with 18 pages to color, new words to learn, and a box of 8 crayons. Children need assurance that everything will be all right no matter what is happening in their lives right now. Empowerment and creativity are mixed with new ideas on how to connect, express themselves and be all right. 

The Eight C’s Of Emotional Empowerment

  • I didn’t Cause the problem
  • I can’t Cure the problem
  • I can’t Control the problem
  • I don’t have to Contribute to the problem
  • I can take care of myself
  • I can connect with other people
  • I can communicate my feelings
  • I have choices to help myself

Includes a dictionary to explain the 8 Cs terms, A box of 8 Crayola crayons

Let’s Help The Ukraine Refugee Children

An outreach group for refugee children in an elementary school in Canada recently asked us if they could use our coloring book and crayons with translations in a variety of languages for their refugee children from Afghanistan. We were overjoyed. Now we’d like to find partners to provide books to children from Ukraine. There are a number of charities who send toys to refugees. With your help we can donate books to charities that can use them.

In The Eight C’s That Help Me Be All Right coloring book for ages 4-10, the vocabulary is encouraging and safe and empowering. Children learn they can be all right no matter what is happening around them right now. This is useful in all settings where children are struggling.

See Inside the book

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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