Books That Build Your Child's Confidence

Books That Build Your Child's Confidence

When it comes to self-confidence, there are many books out there that claim to help your little one feel good about themselves.  The following are some of my personal favorite that are kid-tested and therapist approved, teaching unique and effective ways to build confidence and instill self-esteem.

 Cool, Calm, and Confident: A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Assertiveness Skills, by Lisa Schab.

I have tested the exercises in this book numerous times within the groups I teach. The exercises are effective and help children learn to be both kind and assertive, while developing self-confidence and a positive self-image. Using this workbook is an easy and effective way to build self-esteem, especially when done with an adult. I urge parents to purchase this book and work on it at home with their little ones.

How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, by Tim Rath

This sweet book teaches children how to fill their mental “bucket” by being kind and building confidence. Rath tells a story that children as young as three can identify with, and how everyday situations are opportunities to “fill your bucket” with positivity and kindness. This book is a great way to teach children the importance of being kind to themselves and how their actions impact others.

Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way, by Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini.

This girl-friendly guide, helps girls learn how to stand up for themselves, express feelings, as well as make and maintain healthy relationships with others.  Activities and fun quizzes engage readers and encourage assertiveness skills with peers.

Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer  and . Kristina Tracy

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has taken then 10 concepts from his book for adults 10 Secrets for Success & Inner Peace and interpreted them for children, creating Incredible You! Wayne believes that it’s never too early for children to know that they’re unique and powerful beings, and they have everything they need within themselves to create happy, successful lives.

For Tweens & Teens:

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others, by Sheri Van Dijk MSW.

This is a great resource for both boys and girls. It teaches readers about being mindful, along with ways to challenge intense emotions and urges with DBT skills, as well as practical interventions for long-term change and confidence within themselves. I often use some of their ideas in groups with adolescences. There are lots of up-to-date situations that cause most of our kids to feel anxious, fearful, frustrated and upset, and this book provides solutions.

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress (Instant Help Solutions), by Gina Biegel MA LMFT.

This is a great workbook and can be used with some young ones too. Skills for understanding how stress impacts their body and their minds, as well as simple tools and exercises makes it a hit! I love the idea that they are educating youngsters about the science and providing them with skills to change their responses to stress. Something that we rarely get at school, this book is highly recommended by some of my adolescent clients (and it helped me, their therapist too).

-Emily Roberts, MA, LMHC                                                                                   License Mental Health Counselor