Let’s welcome Sue Badeau back with us.
Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m honored to have author and speaker Sue Badeau back with us again, and this time we’re talking about a different kind of book. Remember to leave a comment for Sue and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book!
Good morning Sue, we’re here to talk about your newest book,Â Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. Iâ€™m wondering what was it that got you interested in jumping on the adult coloring book trend?
Vonda, I am chuckling as you ask that question because the truth is, I was teaching about the benefits of coloring long before it because trendy. In my workshops about helping both adults and children who have experienced trauma associated with abuse, neglect, natural disasters, catastrophic illness, car accidents, school shootings or even having a parent in the military, I provide both informative research-based information but also practical, inexpensive tips and tools that offer support for healing and hope after such traumatic experiences.
Wow â€“ when you list all of those different types of trauma, it seems like it could include a lot of people. Who specifically did you create your book for?
This book is particularly written for the adult who is involved with a child on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis. A parent, whether by birth, foster care, adoption or step-parenting, grandparent, aunt or uncle, for example. But it is not limited to family â€“ some of the people who are finding the book especially helpful include teachers and Sunday School teachers, counselors and Pastors, even little league coaches and scout leaders. Itâ€™s easy to feel either helpless or angry when a child melts down in the middle of an activity. Sometimes this leads to adult actions that unwittingly further increase the childâ€™s trauma such as sending the child into isolation â€“ â€śGo to your room,â€ť for example. Yet all the adults I know who love and work with kids are really seeking better ways to interact with these kids which demonstrate compassion, bring about healing and in turn, improve the challenging behavior. This book provides very concrete, easy-to-understand tools for doing just that.
I see that the book includes both the written pages with the tips and tools you just described but also many pages to color. I love the artistic designs to color â€“ so whimsical! I know your daughter Chelsea is the artist behind these images. Tell us what it is like as a writer to work on a collaborative project like this, especially with your own daughter?
I am bursting with pride because my daughter is the lead artist. She has created most of the delightful, calming designs for coloring â€“ designs which underscore and reinforce the written messages in the book. In addition, three of my other (now-adult) children and three grandchildren have contributed their creativity to the book. I wrote outlines and draft sections of the content and Chelsea sketched out her ideas for the coloring pages. Sometimes her artwork inspired me to re-write a paragraph or two to make it more clear, other times, I had to ask her to adjust the artwork to better fit the message. It was very much a give-and-take process. When you enlist one of your kids as a partner you have to learn how to take off the â€śmomâ€ť hat from time to time and participate in the creative process as equals, even taking criticism from your child. I am thankful for the gifts she has and for her willingness to use them in this joint effort.
Our family members so enjoyed collaborating on this project that we are already cooking up ideas for more coloring books. Turns out this is just the first in a series. Our second volume, a companion volume designed for children (with far less text) is being released this week! It is entitled, Bubbles and Butterflies: A Calming Coloring Book for Children, and more specialized editions are in the pipeline, so stay tuned! And in the meantime, I hope that your readers will enjoy coloring these whimsical and purposeful images, while also thinking about ways to use art and creative self-expression to bring your own family closer together.
Thanks for coming back to be with us, Sue. I love that you’ve not only created coloring books to satisfy those who love to color, but you’ve particularly focused on those who have experienced trauma. What a gift for them! I pray God’s blessing as you continue to bless others!
And friends, don’t forget to leave a comment for Sue and you’ll be in next week’s drawing for a free coloring book!
Bio:Â Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant with a heart for children and a desire to help adults and children build bridges of hope following the pain of trauma or loss. She has worked for many years in child services and serves on several national boards. Sue writes and speaks extensively to public agencies, courts, parent groups and churches. Sue and her husband, Hector, are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents for more than 50 children. They have authored a book about their familyâ€™s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids. All of Sue’s books and coloring books can be found on Amazon or on Sueâ€™s website â€“ www.suebadeau.com â€“ Sue may be reached by email at email@example.com.
And who won Andy Lee’s book?
The winner is…
Congrats, Nan! Simply contact me with your snail mail address and Andy will get the book right out to you! And for those who still need to get your copy of Andy’s book, A Mary Like Me, here’s the direct Amazon link!
I hope each of you had a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Blessings as you continue to bless others in this season of Love and Grace.