What do you do with a problem?
Even though we don't always like problems, they have ways of changing us in surprising ways
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I recently started a new going to bed ritual with my son who is 4. Every night, I hide a book under his pillow for him to discover for our reading time together. One thing I have learned since starting this ritual is that a lot of the children’s books have lessons for us adults too. What I love about children’s books is that they get straight to the point and there is no fluff to wade through to get to the heart of the message.
One book that I recently read and which stands out for me is What Do You Do With A Problem? written by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Mae Besom.
This is a story of a persistent problem and a child who isn't sure of what to do with it. We can easily put ourselves in the child's shoes since we also struggle with problems that won't go away. Sometimes we do our best to avoid the problem and expect it to disappear but the problem just keeps returning and getting bigger and more problematic. This book teaches us that we can find the courage to face our problems and in doing so we can learn more about ourselves in the process.
Even though we don’t always want them, problems have a way of changing us in unexpected ways.
The beautiful illustrations in this book help us see that we have what it takes to solve our problems through creativity and planning. What we may find is that the problem holds something deep inside for us to discover. You will need to read the book to find out exactly what that is.
Now go get the book from your library or buy it from Bookshop and let me know what you think of it. :)