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Penny Panda and the Gift of Possibility

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About the Author

Nicole Oke

I was inspired to start writing by my oldest daughter Isabel. Like many kids she struggles with handling her big emotions. I tried several different techniques to help her cope and learn about feelings and emotion, but none of them worked for her. I decided it was time for me to start thinking like a child and find away to bring the elements of emotional intelligence and resilience that I had studied into a realm that a child could comprehend.

Thus, Penny Panda was born! Penny is a stuffed panda that brings with her the gift of possibility and a unique game that allows children to talk about their experiences, process their emotions, and find alternate possibilities for the meanings that create life long beliefs all in a way that is fun and easy for children to understand. Penny Panda will be a series of books that address a wide variety of emotions that children typically experience while growing up.

The first Penny Panda book is officially underway, but while you wait explore the different blog posts below. As the author, my goal is to help people longing to learn about and apply the skills found in emotional intelligence. I want to provide a way for parents and caregivers to share these skills with the children in their lives, so we can raise a generation of emotionally intelligent, compassion, strong, and resilient human beings!

My blogs are about my journey as a person and as a mother. I talk about what I have learned about emotional intelligence and the different methods and techniques that have and haven’t worked for me or for my children. I have found that the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know. I chosen to be open about my lessons learned and vulnerable in telling my story, in hopes that it will help others.

Like most parents I try the best I can and often feel like I fall short, but I get up everyday and try again. This is a JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE where I share my stories of both parenting success and parenting fails as well as personal success and personal setbacks. This is a glimpse into my life and my personal growth as a mother and a person.

About the Book

Penny Panda and the Gift of Possibility is the first book in a series of children’s books that help young children think about and process emotions and the meanings they give to events.

Izzy is a young girl who wakes up on Christmas morning to find that the only present for her under the tree is a stuffed panda. Little does Izzy know that this stuffed animal will soon become her new best friend and confidant. For Penny is no ordinary stuffed animal, she has been created specifically to be a Penny for Izzy’s thoughts.

As the morning continues Izzy starts to notice something that does not feel good. Her little sister has more presents than she does. How could this be? Izzy decides it can only mean one thing, her parents love her sister more than her! She starts to feel a lot of big emotions and does not know what to do with them. Thankfully she remembers her new gift, Penny, and when Izzy tells her about her feelings, something magical happens!!

This book is a story for children to learn about emotions and a resource for parents and caregivers to use to help their children practice emotional intelligence. It is full of fun and feelings. It became an instant favorite in our home and I hope soon it will be in yours as well!

Penny Panda and the Gift of Possibility coming soon!

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The best gift you can give your children is the gift of Possibility!

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LATEST BLOGS

My Journey Through the Darkness

Trigger Warning: this blog post contains content about depression, self-harm, and suicide. If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 1-800-273-8255. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/ Preface […]

The Loss of a Kiss

I wanted to revisit one of my most meaningful moments with my daughter, I hope you learn as much from it as I did!
Empathizing with a toddler is hard, it can feel illogical and random. Connecting on an emotional level with a toddler takes patience and time, but feels amazing and warm. Practice empathy with the people you love when you can, especially moments like lost Kiss’ so that when they experience the big griefs in life they feel prepared, supported, understood, heard, and loved. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, parenting is the hardest job I have ever done, but also the most fulfilling.

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