Dr. Liang Shuwen
Former Hong Kong Chinese University
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
When parents are upset, children........
When children see their parents arguing and become angry, or worry about being unemployed, they will also feel anxious and uneasy because of the tension between their parents and the changes in the family economy.
Because the language ability is still to be developed, children’s concerns may not be directly expressed by words; but if parents carefully observe the changes in their children’s behavior, it is not difficult to find their troubles: some may cling to their parents all day and are unwilling to return to school. Difficulty falling asleep; or may become emotional and tantrums are easier.
The two picture books, "Bears in the Family" and "The Great Transformation of Parents" are from the perspective of children. The stories feature Little Bear and Little Superman as the protagonists. They are experiencing parental quarrels and unemployment.
The pictures in the picture book are lively and interesting, and there are some discussion questions. Parents, social workers and teachers can read with the children, encourage them to express their inner feelings and thoughts, and guide them to develop solutions to problems.
These two very thoughtful stories can help those children who are troubled by family problems early, and I sincerely recommend them to you.