FIRST ON FOX: A mother of three, Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier, has co-written a new children’s book with her middle son.
His message is both urgent and timeless.
“Last summer, my son was one of many children who was given bad news by a doctor,” he told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Wednesday, just a day before his book was published.
“And as a way of dealing with it, he started writing a lot,” he said.
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“He’s always been very artistic, very musical, but he was really starting to write short stories.”
Dr. Saphier said her son “loved writing about this little family of monkeys. And he wanted to help turn a difficult time into something positive for him and our family.”
And so, he explained, when he came up with the idea of turning the story into a published book, “I went with Brave Books because I love their philosophy and what they’re about: faith, family, love. And they thought it was a great idea.” .”
“We really need to teach our children that family is to be cherished.”
The new children’s book, complete with full-color illustrations, can help “other children who may receive bad news, whether it’s from a doctor or at school, and just remind them of the importance of family unity,” he said. noting that mother and son wrote the book together.
Right now, in American culture, Dr. Saphier added, “it seems like society is teaching our kids to be less and less dependent on family. And we really need to teach our kids that family should be valued.”
She said: “Parents and children should be closely associated, not separated.”
This is especially true during difficult times, he said.
“That’s when you really need that family unit.”
A board-certified radiologist, Dr. Saphier currently serves as director of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering-Monmouth Cancer Center in New Jersey; he has a fellowship for advanced training in breast and oncology imaging from the Mayo Clinic.
“Jeff learns how much his family really means to him, and the importance of leaning on them during difficult times.”
She is also an assistant professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
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Dr. Saphier said there are some similarities in the story to her own real-life family.
For example, the “monkey father” in the story has blue eyes, just like her own husband has, she said, and the three young monkeys in the book also have blue eyes, just like her three sons.
But the cute mommy has green eyes, just like her.
“There are very little things, little nuances in the book, that people may or may not pick up on that reflect back to us,” he said.
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She said that it is no coincidence that the family in the story is very musical, just like her family.
But “what I really loved about the book,” he added, “was that instead of letting Jeff [the character based on her son Hudson] To stay bummed by the bad news he’s received, he makes a “I would if I could” list, which his family helps bring to life.”
And “even though it’s a challenging situation, Jeff learns how much his family really means to him, and the importance of leaning on them during difficult times.”
The message, he said, “is to remind people how important the family unit is, and while it may not solve all of life’s problems or challenges, things are more tolerable and better as long as the family is together.”
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She said that her family right now is very interested in being together as much as possible, rather than each child or each family member going off and doing their own thing.
“Life goes by fast,” he said.
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“And now we’re spending a lot more time together as a family,” he said. “It’s really important.”
Anyone can purchase a copy of Dr. Saphier’s new book at www.nicolesaphirmd.com.