‘I am very passionate about opening up conversations with children about important topics at a young age, particularly around situations that don’t make us feel good on the inside,’ the Youth Focus Joondalup counsellor said.
‘It creates pathways for children to open up about their feelings and thoughts rather than bottle them up. This can be achieved by enabling children to understand their internal world from a young age and share it with trusted adults.’
Bullying, Change, Friendship and Trust, which doubles as a colouring book, encourages children to answer questions about thoughts and feelings and decision making.
Vagner, who works to prevent youth depression and suicide, said she aimed to help parents have deep and meaningful relationships with their children and teach them in a fun and creative way about feelings, values and overcoming difficulties. Conversation topics include bullying, friendship, trust, change, conflict with friends, grief and loss.
Parents can follow Vagner’s weekly posts on her Facebook page Bobo on the Gogo.
Bullying, Change, Friendship and Trust is at Dymocks Joondalup and online at www.boboonthegogo.com.au
Vagner will be selling the book at the Whitford Junior Football Club registration day from 8am to 1pm this Sunday to raise money for the club.
– The Weekender has five copies to give away. Send your name, address and daytime phone number to Bullying, Change, Friendship and Trust Giveaway, PO Box 885, Joondalup WA 6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org