New Children's Non-Binary Lead Character Teaches Kids to Celebrate Their Uniqueness

Guest post by Tina Tedesco-Vella, author of Following the Footsteps

The idea for the story of Following the Footsteps came about while we were on a short family holiday. I was noticing our child, a young adult now, playing on the beach with our two dogs. I reminisced about when they were little around four years old and a photograph I had taken of them on the shoreline. I remember them giggling as they followed their father’s footsteps. I recall remembering that it was such a simple thing to do, and they had so much fun.

I thought about the simple things in life are missed because we as parents want to give significant experiences for our children. Yet, these don’t necessarily need to be extravagant, elaborate or expensive activities. Most of the time, we get the most pleasure from doing a simple activity because it has love around it. Think about a simple catch up with a friend while sitting on a bench at the park. This memory will automatically bring a warm glow to your heart and fill you with joyful thoughts because there is love there. Or when your child is on a swing, and you hear their excited laughter, there is love there.

Jordan had so much fun following their father’s footsteps because as they placed their small foot on top of their father’s larger step, it made them giggle, and laughter is contagious. I wrote this story to honor Jordan and their courage to decide to follow what was in their heart and how they want to live their adult life. As parents, all we can do is ensure that our children feel loved, feel safe, and supported to live a life that they choose, not what society places upon them.

I still keep that photograph hanging in my office to remind me that it’s the simple things in life that give the most precious memories and all because we surround our children with love and loving memories.

The book is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble and Balboa Press

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