Budding author gives children of divorce hope

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014


In elementary school, most children are in the midst of planning what they want to be “when they grow up.” Jaiden Smith knows exactly what she wants to be – an author. At the early age of 10, she's already written and published her first book.

Divorce is a tough subject at any age. There is no getting around it. For a child, it can be devastating. Jaiden Smith not only surpassed the trials of her own parents' divorce, but wrote a children's novel that gracefully and exquisitely dances right through the sensitive issue.

“A Perfect Kind of Different” will be officially released on July 24, at The Rebekah Jacob Gallery on 502 King St., Charleston, South Carolina. Jaiden will be available for book signings and photos from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds from books sold will support books to be donated.

The talented young author's ultimate goal is to donate a copy of her book to every elementary school in her school district, surrounding districts and eventually across the country. Jaiden was a part of a nine-week counselor-guided peer group that greatly contributed to her ability to cope with the divorce. This group inspired Jaiden to pass along the gift of courage, understanding and a sense of community to every child in a similar situation.

The content of the book is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12. It is designed to educate using proper terminology, inspire with Jaiden's positive outlook on life and spark the conversations that parents are often unsure how to start. Jaiden wants every child who is dealing with divorce to know that they are not at fault, not to blame and most importantly, not alone.

For more information about “A Perfect Kind of Different,” please visit www.thebaughagency.com or contact Philicia Baugh at 843-475-8374.


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