Interview With Elaine Halligan, Author of “My Child’s Different”!

Author PhotoBeing a parent is one of, if not, the hardest job one can have. Parenting expert of more than a decade, Elaine Halligan, had it even harder as the mother of a “different” kid. The director of The Parenting Practice shares her compelling journey of raising her son Sam and the difficulties they faced in her book My Child’s Different: The Lessons Learned from One Family’s Struggle to Unlock Their Son’s Potential. By age seven, Sam, had been expelled from three schools. In addition to acquiring a bad rep, Sam was diagnosed with various conditions.

Through it all, no matter how trying these times were, Halligan and her family were resilient. Halligan went from getting backlash from other parents to getting praise from them for opening up about her experience.

Cover-art.jpg“This book seems to be helping a lot of parents,” Halligan said. “And people are writing to say, ‘just thank you for having the courage to write your story.”

The author also confessed to being very nervous about publishing My Child’s Different. As for Sam, Halligan waited until he turned twenty-one to write her book and made sure he was comfortable with her revealing their journey. “The message that’s coming through from people is just ‘thank you for giving us hope and optimism. So yeah, I think it was worth doing.” Listen to the interview to learn more about Halligan and her family, Halligan’s insight on parenting, her advice for how to raise a child’s self-esteem, Sam’s thoughts on My Child’s Different, and more. For more information, visit The Parent Practice.

Interview With Megan Devine, Author of “It’s OK That You’re Not OK”!

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How does one successfully write a book that deals with grief? For psychotherapist and author Megan Devine, the answer is understanding the distinction between early grief and later grief. “There are a lot of great grief books out there that talk about rebuilding your life; that’s a fantastic conversation to have, but not three weeks after your person died…know to which part of life you are speaking, if you are speaking grief,” she told So Booking Cool.

Devine’s critically-acclaimed book It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, published by Sounds True, specifically focuses on early grief, which can mean the first days, weeks, months, and/or years. As a psychotherapist for nearly 20 years, Devine has worked with everyone from those battling substance addiction to those dealing with abuse, trauma, and grief. But nothing could prepare the seasoned professional for her own personal tragedy: the death of her significant other in 2009.

She founded Refuge in Grief to create a support system for people who are hurting. It is also a platform that teaches grief literacy, like how to best help those who are grieving. The company includes Devine’s longtime course, Writing Your Grief, which boasts thousands of attendees. The program also includes a movement called the Tribe Love Letter campaign, in which people purchase a copy of It’s That You’re Not Ok and slip a small love note inside before leaving the book in a place for anyone to take.

“Refuge in Grief is nothing short of a revolution, and I won’t stop until people really feel supported in their hardest moments,” said Devine.

Listen to the full interview to lean more about Devine, her book and company, her experience with Sounds True, the misconceptions about grief, her thoughts on child grief and anxiety, the “grief diet,” and more! For more information, visit Megan’s website.