'What Do You Do With a Problem?' by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

Have you ever avoided a problem hoping it would just go away? 🙋🏼 guilty. Problems are a part of life, but they do not have to be a negative part of life. In "What Do You Do With a Problem?" we learn that if we let a problem fester it can stay with us, becoming all consuming. But, if we face our problem, it can show us that all along it held a beautiful gift: an opportunity. Whether it be an opportunity to grow, strengthen, or to learn, when we stop being afraid of our problems and start treating them as opportunities they quickly go from a huge burden to something that we have always had the courage to face.

The Mayo Clinic did a study a few years ago on children who avoid situations that they find scary and, unsurprisingly, the study found a link between avoidance and future anxiety. This topic is an important one for children to better understand how to cope with the curve balls that will inevitably come.

This book is written in the same style as the National Best Seller, "What Do You Do With an Idea?" The illustrations, once again beautifully done by the talented Mae Besom, show the problem as a gray cloud, which grows into a frightening storm, and eventually we get on our ship and sail the very seas created by our problem armed with an improved sense of direction. "What Do You Do With an Idea?" fans will be happy to see the egg return when we once again become the captain of our lives. This series is so meaningful to young and old readers; we were thrilled to receive a copy from the publisher.

They say the mark of a great children's book is whether adults can enjoy it too- "What Do You Do With a Problem?" is definitely another great one by the incredibly inspiring Kobi Yamada. Get to know the author a bit better. Read our interview with Kobi Yamada

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