A story for children, P-E-A-R-L-S of wisdom for their parents
Complemented by exquisite, colorful artwork, Dr. Zelinger skillfully crafts an easily relatable children's story using everyday situations around the oppressive concept of terrorism in the news. With masterful understanding of the child's world, new and frightening concepts are introduced carefully and gently with the child's perspective in mind. Dr. Zelinger provides parent coaching to further the dialogue in her "P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom" section (Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) where caregivers are given scripts to guide them, as well room for individuality. This pioneering guide helps children and parents face a critical, often avoided, topic with reassurance and calm.
"This book provides the 'PEARLS' of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding." - Marc A. Brackett, PhD., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
"Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable." - Hon. Yehuda Lancry, Former Ambassador of Israel to the U.N.
"Please Explain 'Terrorism' to Me is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids - without a corresponding rise in anxiety."
- Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., Psychologist/Author,
Dr. Laurie Zelinger is a distinguished board-certified psychologist with diplomate status in school psychology, as well as, a credentialed play therapist