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Bookshelf: Wild About You
Wild About You is a children’s book written by Judy Sierra with pictures by Marc Brown. This book illustrates many themes, such as the struggle of wanting to start a family via adoption and how sometimes it takes a village to raise children. One important theme shown by this book is that despite looking different or coming from different backgrounds, the most important factor in adopting a new member into a family is unconditional love provided by the parents. This book also reveals the difficulties in raising a child without an support system. Without help from others, the pandas and the kangaroo would not be successful in raising their adoptive babies. This book would make an excellent tool to help children who may struggle with understanding why some families adopt, or why other families may look different from theirs. 


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Josalyn is a Senior at Jacksonville State University, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with an interest in pursuing a career in mental health counseling and advocating for social equality.
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Bookshelf: The Day the Crayons Quit

One day, as Duncan was getting ready to color in class, he opened his box of crayons only to find a stack of written letters. One by one he opens the letters and begins to read. To his surprise the letters are from the crayons! Letter after letter, color after color, Duncan acknowledges each complaint. But what were the crayons complaining about? Each one had a feeling of being overworked , underworked,unappreciated, and/or misused. Duncan came up with a plan and decided to color one big picture using every color to its best abilities. The Picture was so unique and beautiful that Duncan’s teacher gave him an A+ for creativity.




In Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, Lauren Krasny Brown and Marc Brown explore all of the different possibilities that can arise as a result of a parents’ divorce. The topics covered include why parents might get a divorce, how things may change, how a child can expect to feel as a result of the divorce, what holidays and special occasions may look like after the divorce, and even the possibility of step parents and siblings. This would be a great book for a child whose parents have or are getting divorced. It would also be great to use as a conversation starter for those who are unsure of how to tell their child about the already made decision to end a marriage. If a child is acting out as a result of their parents splitting up, this book would be a great reference for them to explore and name their feelings, therefore allowing them to cope with those feelings in a healthier way. The authors approach this subject in a sensitive manner that may allow young readers to come to terms with the difficulties that accompany change in their families.


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We’ve all heard someone say to us, “Just take it one step at a time and you’ll be okay!” Well, that’s easier said than done. Life has many stressors and life doesn’t care when those stressors hit us either. There’s the stress of financial problems and wondering how you are going to afford your $200 car payment, the stress of the family member who is battling depression, and for those of you in college, the stress of how you are going to maintain your grades, and also balance all of these other stressors on top of that. So, what do you do when you have so many things going on at one time and you’re trying to please 50 people while making sure you stay happy and well? It’s a tough question to think about. When you think about it, we have multiple identities that we must satisfy. We can have the identity of a student, a wife, a mother, a friend, a coworker, or even a counselor. We don’t act the same exact way in front of every single person. Well, I am a student, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a co-worker, a friend, and also a person who is trying to make it through this crazy life. So you might be wondering, how do you make sure to please everyone, get tasks done, and also maintain your mental wellness in this process. It’s not easy, that is for sure. And it’s important to remember that before you please others, you’ve got to make sure you are healthy, happy and well yourself! Two years ago I got engaged and almost one year ago I got married to the person I call my best friend today (I know that saying is overused, but it’s true!). I knew it would take a while to plan a wedding but I had a goal in mind. I wanted to lose a little weight before my wedding, maybe 20 pounds or so. I began eating healthier (counting most of my calories) and working out about 5 times a week. I can’t even describe in words how much better I felt about myself! It’s like I got addicted to being healthy. I did lose about 20 pounds overall also. Meeting my goal helped my mental wellness. Even though I had the stress of school and taking tests and volunteering in research with my professors, the exercise is what kept me going and actually reduced my stress! During this time I was in my junior year of college so it was definitely getting close to the end, but at the same time it was so far away. I actually went through a brief time a few months ago of feeling depressed. I figured out why I felt that way. It was because I wasn’t exercising the way I had been. Some people understand this logic, and then there are some people who think I’m crazy for running 3 miles a day. The thing is, you don’t have to run 3 miles a day to improve your mental wellness! There are other things you can do such is walking, joining a yoga class, getting involved in a campus club, or even just being more conscious about what you eat most days. It WILL make a difference. The rates of depression, anxiety, and stress in college are extremely high. It shouldn’t be that way, but I think it may be because people don’t know how to improve their mental wellness state. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 40% of college students don’t ask for help when they feel anxious or depressed, and 80% of college students do feel overwhelmed with their lives. I have to say, I get that way sometimes, but it is critical to step away from what is stressing you out, pray about it (that is always what I do to make myself realize I’m not alone), and realize that you WILL get through it. Do something to distract your mind from the stress you feel such as exercising, meditating, yoga, or talking to a supportive friend. There are going to be obstacles in your life. Things happen that are unexpected, but the way you LEARN to deal with them will help your mental wellness, and that is extremely important. I hope that you who are reading this realizes that there is a healthy way to handle stress, since it is inevitable. Find a way that helps you, because your health matters and so do you!

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Anxiety and stress in college is a real problem. College is a very busy time where students try to balance academics, a social life, and sleep.