What Do I Say About That? Coping With An Incarcerated Parent* — ChildTherapyToys

What Do I Say About That? Coping With An Incarcerated Parent*

Product Number : 15100981508

  • By established author, Julia Cook
  • This easy to read and beautifully illustrated book broaches the topic of incarceration of a parent with sensitivity and compassion. The main character experiences feelings such as fear, anger, and sadness as he struggles to understand the choices that led to this consequence
  • A much needed resource for professionals and caregivers as they seek to provide support, coping skills, and healing to their most vulnerable children and families

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By Julia Cook


When a loved one is sentenced to prison, the emotional turmoil is difficult for everyone to handle. Children of incarcerated parents often suffer the heaviest burden of all and pay the price of hardship. As a result, they often develop mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and feelings of abandonment and grief. Unfortunately, over 7.3 million children have at least one parent in prison. Sadly, 70 percent of these kids are doomed to follow in the same footsteps as their parents, becoming imprisoned at some point in their lives. Children of incarcerated parents are five times more likely than their peers to commit crimes. Unfortunately, these at-risk children are largely ignored before they get into trouble.

This book takes a unique look at the internal struggles with which a child of an incarcerated parent is faced.

My dad says that drugs and alcohol
made him choose to do the wrong things.

But he could have said not to the drugs and the booze,
then my life wouldn't be what it seems.

Why didn't he love us enough to say no?

Aren't we worth it to him?

He had a choice...us or drugs.

He chose to let the drugs win.


What Do I Say About That? creatively explores and validates the rollercoaster journey of emotions that children of incarcerated parents endure. It also give insight to the process of healing and coping.

32 pages, 9 x 8.25 x .1 inches, color illustrations, paperback.


About the Author:Julia Cook, MS is a national award winning children's author, counselor and parenting expert. She has presented in over 800 schools across the country, regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education and counseling conferences, and has published over 70 children's books. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve young people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers. Inspirations for her books come from working with children and carefully listening to parents and teachers.