We hope that you and the children in your life will find these pages helpful.
In this book, we address a variety of issues that children with a parent struggling with addiction face. Through the eyes of Timbi, we are able to validate children's emotions by describing, naming and normalizing them. We also teach them to recognize the body’s responses to chronic stress and difficult feelings. Timbi provides suggestions and recommendations for coping in healthy, life-enhancing ways. Children learn to achieve a much-needed sense of control in their lives through movement, voice and mindful breathing exercises, and by seeking help from important, stable adults in their lives.
"The very young are not too young to be impacted by addiction. These authors tell the powerful story of addiction’s effect through the eyes of a child. And they do it with hope. Please read this book with a child you know who loves or lives with someone struggling with substance abuse. I only wish that I had been able to give a copy of Timbi Talks about Addiction to every family I treated over 40 years. It would have changed lives, I know it.”
- Anderson Spickard, MD
Internist and certified Addictionologist; Founding Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Treatment of Addiction; Emeritus Professor Medicine and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University; Author of: Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know About Addiction, and The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery.
What a joy to read this superb book for children impacted by parental alcohol or drug use. It is a welcome addition to the select few remarkable classic books that speak directly to the children, and its relevance will remain timeless for generations. Teachers, counselors, clergy and pediatricians could be more effective if this little book is sitting on a table in their offices.
- Sis Wenger
President/CEO, National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA)
Timbi Talks about Addiction is a much needed book for families and clinicians that tackles the epidemic of addiction and its effects on the family. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a parent's addiction, and yet few resources are available for this age group. In this sensitive, reassuring, and visually comforting story, "Timbi" explains what a parent's addiction means on the level of a young child. Furthermore, “Timbi” inspires children’s resilience by teaching them specific, easy and practical steps that they can take, whether they are alone—or with a trustworthy adult—to help them manage their stress and feel more in control in the often-chaotic circumstances of their lives.
- Hannah Reed, MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Columbia University
The authors have put together a very compelling children’s book on addiction for young people from 3-12 years old centered on growing up in a household with a parent who is or has been addicted.
- Greg Williams
Executive Vice President for Facing Addiction with National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Timbi Talks About Addiction uses beautiful illustrations and simple language to weave a kid-friendly story about what it is like to grow up with a parent who struggles with the disease of addiction. The overall message of the book is hopeful, emphasizing the importance of connecting with trusted adults and practicing self-care. This book would be helpful for a broad range of individuals – families struggling with the disease of addiction, grandparents raising grandkids, school counselors, therapists and other professionals who work with kids impacted by the substance use disorder of a parent.
- Brian J. Maus, MA, LMFT
Director of Addiction Prevention and Mentoring Programs, Eluna Network (formerly The Moyer Foundation)
I found this read most interesting. The story was centered around family, those most dear us, the love between children and parents.
The writer's message was very elementary and tender, making it easy for a child’s comprehension. Its simplicity explaining the disease of addiction and how it can impact lives and what to do when things occur was magnificent. My 7 year old nephew shouted “I love Timbi, Aunty!!"
- Sara Evans
Director, Magdalene Residential Services, Thistle Farm
Together, word by word, Trish and Janet crafted the story of Timbi to ensure it was an authentic conversation with the children who live with the disease of addiction. Trish knew first-hand the pain and stigma attached to having a loved one who was addicted, and she witnessed the impact it had on her children from a very young age. It was important to her that the reality of the disease be addressed directly and validate what children are seeing and feeling. Janet brought her clinical knowledge as well as her deep appreciation for mindfulness practices, and how those practices can be especially helpful to people living within a chronically stressful environment.
Mackenzie has been drawing since she was a toddler, but it wasn’t until her senior year in high school that she decided she wanted to get serious with her craft and to study art. She is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in New Media and Design. Mackenzie’s biggest reward for creating art is seeing the smile on peoples’ faces.
Lynette learned from a young age that her Etch A Sketch could take her just about anywhere she wanted to go creatively, and she never outgrew the creative freedom that came with it. Now, with 30 years of award-winning design work, she’s still amazed at how much fun she has every day.
TIMBI TALKS SHOP
A 28 page book written to help children ages 3-12 who are coping with a parent's addiction.
A 12 inch tall super-soft and cuddly companion.
A 28 page book written to help children ages 3-12 who are coping with a parent's addiction and a soft cuddly Timbi character.
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We know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the right help for children who have a parent struggling with addiction. The resources shown below have been enormously helpful for us and we are sure they can be of use to you and your children as you learn to cope and even thrive in the face of your challenges.
Children and Mental Health Websites
National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA)
Eluna Network (formerly The Moyer Foundation)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)