“Brandon is sad, mad, acting bad and having trouble coping with some very unkind classmates. That is, until his creative and compassionate teacher Miss Wigglesworth shows him a fun way...
“Brandon is sad, mad, acting bad and having trouble coping with some very unkind classmates. That is, until his creative and compassionate teacher Miss Wigglesworth shows him a fun way to overcome his outbursts, face his feelings, gain confidence and take the first step toward self-acceptance.”
May is recognized as Mental Health month, and anyone who has experienced bullying knows first hand the damaging long term effects it can have.
Yet talking about bullying can be a difficult conversation. Kids of any age who have experienced or witnessed bullying may want to discuss it, but are afraid, embarrassed or feel shame about bringing up the subject.
Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, social, emotional, academic, and mental health issues. Childhood trauma, bullying, abuse and neglect can lead to emotional and behavioral issues like low self-esteem, feelings of unworthiness, anxiety, depression as well as addictions, suicide ideation or suicide completion.
Inspiring Awareness and Healing
As trauma survivors themselves, Brandon Lee and Jordana Houchins are passionate about helping children learn to understand, accept and love themselves. The book introduces parents, caregivers and educators to creative outlets as a modality to help any child express their feelings.
Through the book, Brandon and Jordana hope to raise awareness and help children develop skills to heal and deal with their feelings in a healthy way — ultimately building confidence and cultivating compassion.
Brandon’s Big Fit is inspired by the real-life childhood of Brandon Lee, former news anchor and best-selling author of Mascara Boy. Brandon overcame his own painful past and has channeled it into his “Art of Our Soul” studio. The studio is a place where trauma survivors come to heal by creating beautiful works of acrylic pouring art.
Don’t wait to start talking!
Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.