The story behind the story…. Book One!

I Can Handle It

 

I Can Handle It!
Laurie and her first book!

Over ten years as a Kindergarten teacher, I noticed increasingly more kids coming to school each year struggling with learned helplessness.  Kids AREN’T helpless, they often have never been taught how to handle life’s tricky emotions or encouraged to solve everyday problems on their own.  My students and the growing epidemic motivated me to write a book that would help!

 

I wrote the first version over ten years ago and then filed it away under ‘bucket list item #9’.  A quick google search clarified it would be a long, daunting process to ‘get published’.
Life happened next: a husband and three kids and ten years later…
I often thought about that story I had written, and wondering if it was any good, however, I had zero confidence about it, NONE.  I‘m not someone who has always wanted to be a writer, I don’t have a closet full of journals, stories, and poems. No one told me ‘You should write! You’re so talented!’.  Nuh-uh, not me.

What I had was a dawning realization that kids were in trouble and that there weren’t enough resources to help them. The need to help grew until I couldn’t ignore it any longer.

I re-worked the manuscript, with help from a great group of mamas, and figured out how to get the thing published. Turned out, in 2016 getting published was easy because you just did it yourself! 2016 was awesome.

That is the story of how I Can Handle It came to be. Well, the short version anyway.
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