What did you think about the book?

How did it make you feel?

Have you ever wondered about your mother/father’s absence?

How does his/her absence make you feel?

What do you think about your mother/father?

Why do you think he/she is not here?

What page in the book describes a possible factor in your parent’s absence?

What do you think about forgiving him/her?

How do you feel about contacting him/her?  What would be the benefits and the concerns?

What have you learned from your absent parent and your present parent?

What vision do you have for your future family?

I Didn't Leave Because of You, written by Tyechia White, and illustrated by Mary Manning, is a treasure I found at my local public library. The book tastes bittersweet. While sprinkled with love and further reassurances of love, it also offers a platform for a difficult conversation to have with children: The absence of a parent.

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 Absent parents, children of absent parents, and single parents please share your story of understanding and healing related to an absent parent by using the hashtag #notbecauseofyou, and follow the author on Instagram @authortyechiawhite  and Twitter @healingabsence. If you are 18 and under please consult with your parents before sharing. Also, in order to create a community of healing, please keep your comments appropriate. The author reserves the sole right to delete inappropriate posts.

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