What advice would you offer to new parents?
Embrace your inner Woo! Being a parent is sometimes like being on an emotional roller coaster ride. There are ups and downs highlighted by thrilling and sometimes scary moments. Be able to go with the flow and realise that there may be several ways to deal with issues. Be flexible, be open but most important of all be loving... and enjoy the amazing journey!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It's everywhere. For me, it often comes from the most unexpected places - a random sci-fi movie, a really bad day, Wonder Woman, my dogs, a nostalgic song - and the list goes on.
What is your vision for The WorryWoos?
I always believe in DREAMING BIG. My goal is to make the WorryWoos a household name and to see families around the world embracing their "inner Woo". I am a huge Jim Henson fan, and I hope to one day to see a WorryWoo television show produced similarly to "The Muppets" or "Fraggle Rock". The WorryWoos have already made their first theatrical debut in "Woosical the Musical," and it was amazing to see The WorryWoos come to life on a stage. This truly brought me one step closer to my dream.
Where will the WorryWoos be in 5 years?
"Woosical the Musical" will have made it to Australia - preferably at the Sydney Opera House. There will be a WorryWoos television show, a big screen feature film in the making, and I will have introduced more Woos to the ever-growing WorryWoos family! DREAM BIG!!!
Your thoughts on self-esteem?
A high self-esteem is one of the most important things a child should have. I try to push this message in all of my books since many of us, children and adults alike, so often struggle with truly loving ourselves and therefore lose sight of our goals. Children especially are so vulnerable to words and judgement. I hope the WorryWoos empower children (and adults) to embrace their emotions and believe in themselves.
Your thoughts on resilience?
When you get knocked down you have to get back up. As hard as it is... it is a must. To me rejection, mistakes even missed opportunities should not be looked at as the end of the road. Instead I try and learn something from each experience and use that knowledge moving forward. If I was to buckle with every problem that has come my way I would have never made it this far. If you love something, and you believe in it... then it is worth fighting for. Always keep your head up when things aren't going your way. And when I forget this, I have amazing people in my life to remind me to keep going.
Educational Experience is the exclusive distributor of WorryWoos in Australia. A healthy environment leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind. The WorryWoo Monsters promote emotional wellness through play, reading and discussion. Created to build confidence, each WorryWoo story concludes with an uplifting message that provides the perfect opportunity for parents, educators and teachers to openly discuss topics that don't have easy answers.
The WorryWoo Monsters, a series by Andi Green, were first seen in a New York City art exhibition in 2001. Originally called The Monsters in My Head, Andi Green wanted to create characters with a story that each embodied an emotion. From loneliness to confusion, she has tackled complicated feelings and transformed them into quirky, loveable characters. Andi Green's simple message has been to “embrace your emotions”. For details on the full WorryWoo range go to http://www.edex.com.au/worrywoo.
*** Look for the new WorryWoos APP Don't Feed The WorryBug at the iTunes store!