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New Release: Happy Pants

New Release: Happy Pants

Happy Pants is set for release on 1 May 2014 and you can win a copy!

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Not all Mums are happy on Mother’s Day…

For the one out of seven Australian mothers who suffer from post-natal depression, Mother’s Day is a sad reminder of their inability to cope. Author Heather Gallagher hopes her first picture book Happy Pants will inspire the many families who suffer as a result of the illness.

Happy Pants is a heartfelt way to help older children know that their mum’s postnatal depression is not because of them,’ said PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association) chief executive Belinda Horton. ‘That dads are loving and caring, families can support each other and that mum will get better with help.’

Happy Pants is about a little boy who adores his Mummy. But when she comes home with his baby brother, she seems to have become a different person. The boy feels betrayed and confused, and sets about trying to make Mummy better…

Children’s author Heather Gallagher suffered PND following the births of both her daughters, now aged 9 and 12.

Ironically, the depression became a catalyst for Heather to act. She founded a playgroup for Mum’s with PND, Parents Overcoming Depression with Support (PODS). And went on to launch her career as a children’s writer.

‘With Happy Pants I wanted to let kids know that while they can’t make Mummy better, things will improve with time and love,’ she said. ‘There will come a day when Mum can put on her happy pants again!’

Happy Pants is available in all good bookstores or buy online now.

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Jennifer Gress on Saturday, 10 May 2014 13:04

Although I am yet to read it Heather, congratulations. You are so correct in uderstanding that when a mum is suffering her children notice, even though they cannot verbalize their emotions. There is nothing ironic in the fact that you have written this book after suffering PND, it is a brave, wholehearted way of sharing what for many is a difficult time. I would not be the CEO of a fast growing Perinatal Business in NSW had I not had a lot of difficulty transitioning to parenthood without adequate support, and two babies in two years (I went on to have a third) over 30 years ago. It is also not ironic that my close friend and author Elly Taylor wrote her book, Becoing Us, 8 steps to growing a healthy Family for the same reasons. Congratulations and I would love a read and to purchase some books for my office to resell. Congratulations to my colleague Belinda from PANDA for supporting you, and please send some to me so that I can forward to our mutual friend Cathie Knox, CEO of the NSW PND NGO, The Gidget Foundation, ( a reknown speaker on her past experiences of PND) for whom I will be doing some pro bono work in the new financial year. Let me know anyway I can help. #Happy Pants #PANDA #Your Pregnancy Matters #Becoming US

Although I am yet to read it Heather, congratulations. You are so correct in uderstanding that when a mum is suffering her children notice, even though they cannot verbalize their emotions. There is nothing ironic in the fact that you have written this book after suffering PND, it is a brave, wholehearted way of sharing what for many is a difficult time. I would not be the CEO of a fast growing Perinatal Business in NSW had I not had a lot of difficulty transitioning to parenthood without adequate support, and two babies in two years (I went on to have a third) over 30 years ago. It is also not ironic that my close friend and author Elly Taylor wrote her book, Becoing Us, 8 steps to growing a healthy Family for the same reasons. Congratulations and I would love a read and to purchase some books for my office to resell. Congratulations to my colleague Belinda from PANDA for supporting you, and please send some to me so that I can forward to our mutual friend Cathie Knox, CEO of the NSW PND NGO, The Gidget Foundation, ( a reknown speaker on her past experiences of PND) for whom I will be doing some pro bono work in the new financial year. Let me know anyway I can help. #Happy Pants #PANDA #Your Pregnancy Matters #Becoming US
Jennifer Gress on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 16:26

Thanks for your lovely comments Sue :)

Thanks for your lovely comments Sue :)
Jennifer Gress on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:47

I have yet to read the book but wish to offer my congratulations. And yes Mother's Day is not a happy Day for everyone. Even adults have difficulty understanding mental illness when it effects a family member. Children in particular are vulnerable and require support and understanding about what is going on around them.

I have yet to read the book but wish to offer my congratulations. And yes Mother's Day is not a happy Day for everyone. Even adults have difficulty understanding mental illness when it effects a family member. Children in particular are vulnerable and require support and understanding about what is going on around them.
Jennifer Gress on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 16:28

It's been amazing how many of my friends who had PND have used my book as a starting point to talk to their kids - 9 years later...but that's okay, it's great to have the conversation :)

It's been amazing how many of my friends who had PND have used my book as a starting point to talk to their kids - 9 years later...but that's okay, it's great to have the conversation :)