Moving is among the top three stressors for kids, who thrive on routine, comfort and familiarity, according to the Employee Relations Council. To help reduce this stress for kids and their parents, Lori Attanasio Woodring, Ph.D. developed “My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home".
Woodring, a graduate of Cornell University (BS) and Fordham University (PhD) is a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut. She was inspired to create the workbook after moving with 18-month-old twins to London and back to Connecticut five years later with four children under the age of 7.
“More than 40 million people, many of them children, move every year, but that doesn’t mean that moving is easy. It can be incredibly stressful and challenging for kids of all ages, something I learned from my husband who moved 12 times as a kid, and especially from my kids during our international moves,” said Woodring. “I feel strongly that my husband’s adaptive and outgoing personality was shaped in large part by his many moves and the way his parents guided him through the process.”
Woodring’s husband, Patrick, grew up in Pittsford, NY and graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 1986. However, as a child, his family frequently moved for the family business, Pontillo’s Pizzeria. “I wanted to create a hands-on tool for kids to make sense of their experience and emotions about moving and move forward with a sense of excitement. Through drawing and activities kids have the opportunity to become active participants in the process of moving to a new home.”
The book won the 2014 IPPY Award silver medal for Outstanding Interactive Children’s Book of the Year. With charming illustrations by Timm Joy – and room for kids’ own depictions of their feelings and emotions – the unique workbook walks kids ages 5-11 step by step through the moving process, including understanding change, strategies for managing emotions, partaking in a new adventure and more. The book is unique in its interactive nature and its ability to draw kids in and let them personalize their story while providing them with useful tools and strategies.
The illustrated workbook is now available on and at