Book: Stay Close
40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You’re Apart
By: Tenessa Gemelke
I originally purchased this book for my counseling practice because I have (and have had) several child and adolescent clients who are separated from one or both of their parents through military deployment, part of a cross country divorce situation, or the parents are incarcerated. I wanted to find a resource for parents who desperately wanted to connect with their children, but geography was a barrier. I found the resource I was looking for!
The format of this book is easy to read, and has alot of practical advice. The author’s suggestions are not only doable for the busy working parents, but are adaptable to the child’s personality. I am also a fan of the frequently asked questions in the back, addressing some of the challenges in keeping connected.
I have lent this book out to a few parents now, and have recommended this book to a parent who lives afar, and have had alot of positive feedback. One of my clients even mentioned she uses some of the ideas with her college aged son!
I would suggest this book to anyone who is struggling to stay connected with a loved one!