Parenting a child through grief and bereavement

When you are a parent and you lose a partner then often your focus can be on helping your child through this difficult time. It’s important not to neglect your own feelings while all this is happening. This is why Tailored Yarn has set up a free Facebook support group for adults who are unexpectedly faced with the challenge of parenting while grieving.

Click here for access to free Facebook group

We also create beautiful bespoke bereavements books for children to preserve family memories in a unique fictional literature legacy. This is a completely free service to help bring comfort and healing to young children on a journey through grief. They help encourage important conversations to take place about their loved one in the years which follow.

#grief #bereavement #parent #preservingmemories #comfort #healing #sufferingloss

Parental Solution to Make Lockdown Easter Special & Memorable For Your Kids

Daily Videos to make this Easter incredibly Fun Packed

I’m just a mother of three, who has been inspired to create daily videos helping families – not just survive this Easter Holiday – but actually thrive and make it positively the best one ever during this lockdown.

Most families instead of going on planned travel or trips are stuck at home having battled to juggle home schooling and working from home. I’m with you in the same boat. Do you dread spending hours trying to research all the resources out there and plan more activities or just giving up and letting them run amuck.

I have come up with a perfect solution. I hope to deliver everything adventurous in a daily video overflowing with creative and imaginative ideas, building confidence and self esteme while learning new skills while having fun.

Do you want to be involved? If you have a family focussed business please get in touch. We might be able to share publicity and work together. I’d be delighted as can’t take this all on by my self but very excited about the idea. I’m planning on calling it the Egg-citing Adventure Tribe?

Starting on Monday on my newish YouTube Channel. Might be worth subscribing to Gillian Seale.

I made this picture in memory of both my gran and stepdad who sadly passed away within six months of each other. The former reached an impressive age of 94 and the latter two decades younger and completely unexpected. I remember it was very difficult telling the children the news and we still talk fondly about them together as the years pass.

New Etsy Shop Now Open

As an alternative to children’s watercolour workshops during these difficult times of corona virus isolation Tailored Yarn has had to adapt. I’ve enjoyed painting watercolors and using calligraphy for inspirational quotes for many years. As a child I didn’t have the confidence or believe that it was possible to make a career as an artist. I’m now trying to prove that old theory wrong. I would love to meet other artists and etsy businessess for help and tips.

etsyshop #artwork #handmade #creatives #creativebusiness #calligraphy

Who lives here?

Who lives here?

When I asked my kids this question I wasn’t expecting the answer to be Donald Trump. To be fair this was my youngest and she’s only six. Having established who the rightful owner was the conversation took a downturn when I asked which country President Trump resided over and the response was Africa.

Possibly a political quiz may be required during our time at home. Interestingly improving children’s knowledge on world affairs is what has prompted Jonathan Garry to write his children’s book on politics, leading to this illustration of 10 Downing Steet, which I’ve just completed.

Are you ever surprised at kids knowledge (could be in an impressive or concerning way)?

Have you considered the place politics and world affairs may feature in your home schooling timetable?

#primeminister #borisjohnson # president #donaldtrump #politics #worldaffairs #generalknowledge #childrensbook #illustrations #kidslit

Volunteer Work

Have you ever done any voluntary work that you feel has really made a difference

This week I took a day out of the Tailored Yarn schedule to give a presentation to a group of mental health professionals at Manchester Royal Infirmary on a training course. I retold my story along with another volunteer from the national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis. The audience told us how much they appreciated our imput as being more valuable learning about psychosis after childbirth from individuals who had lived through the illness than by textbook. I think this shows how something positive can come from our most difficult experiences.

Raising awareness and challenging the stigma are my two main reasons for writing my second book which will be called “Mummy’s Amazing Rainbow Mind”. It might be the first children’s book that’s ever been written on this subject and I’m currently completing the illustration work.

I’d love to hear about your experiences of voluntary work

#mentalhealth #postpartum #psychosis #childbirth #childrensbooks #charity #volunteer

Introducing Isha Harris


I am an artist and a writer who is working on a new book, “When you think of me” which deals with memories, loss and hope. I recently joined the Tailored Yarn team and am looking forward to publishing this book and supporting families through their bereavement process in this way

There has always been a strong draw for me towards writing and painting. At the heart of it, I love people, life and stories.

I’ve encountered many obstacles; for starters English isn’t my first language. I don’t have an undergrad degree in English or Art. But despite these obstacles I’ve managed to find a way around it. I’m so grateful to friends who have believed in me. Since setting out on this journey I have completed a Masters in Creative Writing and had several exhibitions. I have one coming up in July.

Flying Fish

To find out more please follow me on Instagram: @blueflamingodreams

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