Helping & Healing
Articles and content for helping families with challenging times or situations.
Support for Children in a Time of Fear & Crisis (Eight Free Stories)
We've created a playlist of our best stories to help children through trauma or crisis, including stories about managing fear, worry, and trauma.
Mother's Day Love from Sparkle
We're sharing a few fun things to support you in having a delightful Mother's Day experience
For Our Californian Friends: a Story about Fire and Loss
The images are all over the news, and stories of the blaze are surely being talked about at school — so we encourage you all to meet your child's natural anxiety and fear with empathy, reassurance and then, if appropriate, some agency.
The Magic of "Mindset"
New Collection! "Loving Our Grands: Stories for Appreciation and Understanding of our Elders"
Homeschool Back-to-School! A Free Story to Celebrate
It's back-to-school time for kids all over!
Back-to-School Support! Four Free Stories plus a Downloadable Guide
The Sparkle Back-to-School Guide for Parents and Teachers!
How to Be Super on the First Day of School
Community: What We Are Learning from the Austin Bombings
Over the past 3 weeks, Austin has been on edge as bomb after bomb has killed or injured people around the city. People have been afraid and confused and not sure what to do.
"All Hands" a Veterans Day Free Story
We want to celebrate our military families with an original story, and so we created “All Hands.”
Building Resilience After Sudden Tragedy
It will take a long time for the people of Texas to recover from the church shooting in Sutherland Springs. There will be strong emotions and a flood of support (as was the case after the Houston flood) — but there will also be a deep desire to find meaning. How did this happen? What do we need to do to make sure this never happens again?
Teal Pumpkin Project
As a mom of kids with food allergies, and who struggles with food sensitivities herself, Halloween is always a mixed bag.
“Helpers”: How to Support Children in the Wake of Natural Disasters
We live on this planet, and this planet is alive.
A Sparkle Supply List for Back-to-School
Difference, Violence, and the Events of Charlottesville
Two years ago we posted the three free stories below from our "Diversity" collection. After the events of this past weekend, we feel they are relevant and will offer talking points for families.
Four Free Stories to Help your Family Process the Bombing in Manchester
We have posted these stories before — and the sad truth is that we will likely need to post them again — but our hope is that you and your children can listen to them together and absorb a series of images and words to use when processing the news.
Storybox Playlist SPECIAL: Immigration Stories
Now, more than ever, it is necessary to remember our common history. Here are a few stories to help us remember.
Find Calm, Reach Out, and Then — Do Something Brave
Let us take a moment to find calm.
Post Election Support – Suggestions and Stories
I want to write some thoughts about how to support yourself and your children today — as emotions run high, as the media frenzy now feeds on “what if” stories, and we all recover from the outcome of the election.
Healing the National Rift — A Story to Help Children & Families Post-Election
How do you bridge the gap?