I’m stretched! I have so much stuff to do.
Gotta be here…Gotta do that…Where did I put my shoe?
I feel like a rubber band that’s stretched
and about to break.
I have places to go and things to do
and a great big project to make!
Stress is a part of life, and in our fast-paced society, children often feel an unbelievable amount of pressure to balance family and friends, school and homework, and extracurricular activities. All of their responsibilities and expectations can make them feel stretched beyond their limits. I’m Stretched! is a captivating story that speaks to children and adults alike, giving them tactical tools to manage their stress in a healthy and helpful way so they can face the pressures of life and find joy in being who they were meant to be.
She doesn’t have time to eat or think, she can’t find her shoe has a ton of stuff to do. This sounds like my household most mornings!
This book depicts reality for most kids that we as adults tend to ignore. They have so many things going on: school, sports they worry about home, their appearance and whether or not their peers will like them.
What I like about this book is that it shows how we as adults can take our kids seriously when they say they are “stretched” (stressed). I love how her mother lets her know it happens to everyone, why it happens and how to handle it. Her mom positively addresses her daughter’s concerns and teaches her appropriate techniques that any child can easily grasp, such as breathing deeply, eating better, and getting plenty of sleep.
This book can also serve as an excellent reminder for adults who need to learn how to handle stress appropriately as well. I’m excited to add this book to my kid’s collection!