Millions of young children live in families with an adult who is struggling due to trauma (ACEs), mental illness (PTSD, depression, bipolar), or addiction. Mama's Waves and Daddy's Waves were written to support them and open doors to healing conversations.

While the book was written specifically for children whose parents struggle with emotional waves, other children may be helped by Ellie's story to empathically understand the challenges that too many families are facing. 

"She's  not coming," sighed Ellie.

Ellie's mom did not come for their visit, and Ellie is stuck in a cloud of sadness and anger as she tries to understand why. Fortunately, Miss K. and Ellie's Uncle Finny are there to help her. Using the metaphor of a wave, they help Ellie talk about and understand her mother's ups and downs, recognize and hold on to loving memories, and know that she is not alone.

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Praise for Mama's Waves

and Daddy's Waves

When parents and other important caregivers face challenges related to mental illness or addiction, children need the help of grown-ups within and outside their families . . .

  • To have language for the challenges that their parents face
  • To know that they can talk about tough times and good times
  • To better understand why their parent may not be around
  • To keep good memories alive because these memories shape their view of themselves as worthy of love
Mama's Waves shows us that these conversations are possible, important, and support healing and connection.
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A Look Inside

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Resources

Free Video Version: Mama's Waves

Listen to the story as read by the author. You may share this version in trainings, provided you follow the Use Guidelines.

Free Video Version: Daddy's Waves

Listen to the story as read by the author. You may share this version in trainings, provided you follow the Use Guidelines.

Reader Suggested Activity

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Vasilia Graboski shares a beautiful art activity where children and their caregivers draw waves in a heart and then share the highs and lows.

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