Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dear Reader, Love Christina Nicole Smith

Dear Reader…

January 2009 is a time I’ll never forget. My son’s father walked out & never came back. My son, Joseph, was three years old. It literally changed my life. As time went on, Joseph started asking me where his father was.  I had heard about the harmful repercussions of speaking disparaging words about a child’s father in front of or directly to the child.  So, I consciously chose not to do that.  But still, I couldn’t think of ONE NICE THING to say about his father so instead, I chose not to say anything.  I was too consumed by anger to even talk about it. This was eye-opening.   Here’s what I knew at the time: 

I knew I needed help, so I searched the internet for answers.  However, I found no children’s book that came close to what I was dealing with.

I knew Joseph was watching me and expected guidance and answers which made me feel compelled to find the best words to talk to my son about his father not being around. I was also determined to not let this whole situation “take me out” emotionally.

Lastly, I knew wanted to deal with this situation in a positive way.

Then divine inspiration hit me…“you write the book Christina”.  So, I did. 

That’s how Joseph’s Journey was born.  I knew I couldn’t possibly be the only single mother that struggled emotionally with the feelings of the loss of a partner to help raise your child, trying to be strong for your child, still having to move on and go through life because just laying down and letting the emotions overtake you isn’t an option and the entire variety bag of emotions that come in these instances.

I realized that I was turning a previously painful situation and transforming it into a healing one that not only transformed my and Joseph’s life for the better but had the potential to touch the lives of others.  It’s like turning lemons into lemonade!  The best gift you can give to your child and others around you is for them to see your life working for you. 

To all the single mothers out there, let others see your life working, especially your child.  An absentee father doesn’t have to be the end of the world and your child doesn’t have to be a statistic.

I hope Joseph’s Journey assists you in easing the difficult discussion with your child about their absentee father after all, you were my inspiration.

About the Author

Christina Smith is an entrepreneur, consultant, mother, and published author. "Joseph's Journey" is her first children's picture book.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, she grew up in a house with 3 children, WITHOUT the white picket fence and no dog! However, there was lots of love and laughs to go around. When she was about 10 years old, she thought she was going to be the "next coming" of Whoopi Goldberg! Well, "life happened" and "that" did NOT happen, but in 2014 she was able to cross ONE ITEM off of her bucket list and perform stand-up comedy in front of a live audience.

When she's not homeschooling her son or driving him all around town to his various activities, some of Christina's favorite things to enjoy are: PEET'S COFFEE, the local library, a throw-your headback, "that brought tears to my eyes" kinda laugh; organic, gluten-free, dairy free, non-gmo food (did we mention she's from the BAY AREA?) and good music.

Christina is a certified graduate/alumnus of, certified professional speaker/author, George Ramirez' "Present with Purpose" (2008) & two-time student of his "The Miracle in the Mirror" programs. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly in Honor of Graduating from the Women's Initiative for Self Employment and dedication to empowering the quality of her life and her community (2007). 

Additionally, she is a student of Certified Rebirthing-Breathwork Practitioner, Iris Nelson. She holds an Associates degree in Legal Administration/Paralegal Studies from
Heald Business College.


About the Book:

Title: Joseph’s Journey: When Dad Left and Never Came Back 2nd Edition
Author: Christina Nicole Smith
Publisher: Be A Blessing Enterprises
Pages: 44
Genre: Juvenile Literature/Nonfiction

As a mother, how do you explain an absentee father to your child without blame, anger or resentment? Empower them! Seven-year-old Joseph shares his story about when he first learns about the POWER of choice he possesses after his father leaves and doesn't come back. His mother teaches him the difference between his father’s choices and his own. Do Joseph and Mom become angry with Joseph’s father? Well, a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over...find out what happens on Joseph’s Journey!

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