My friend Dave, recommended this book called “Big Life Journal”. Let me start by saying, it’s a wonderful book to get your tween or teen.
It’s basically a journal that helps kids develop confidence. Now I know what you are thinking, no book can do that. Yes, you are right, in order for our children to develop confidence we, the parents have to be confident. Children emulate what they see. That’s just the beginning of what we have to do in order for our children to be ok with themselves. This is where this journal comes to play.
I started to read “Big Life Journal” with my 12 year-old daughter. The first chapter begins with evaluating your child’s mindset. As I began to read, my daughter snickered and right away said, you must of written this book mommy! Umm no, but it’s definitely something I’ve been practicing with her for many years, her mindset. Here is the first paragraph of the chapter:
“It all starts here! Everything in life starts with your mindset. Your mindset is how you think about yourself and the world around you. It is the foundation of your success and happiness!”
Voila! There you have it folks, just knowing this much makes a world of difference in the lives of our children.
The chapter continues to focus on the difference between positive mindsets and negative mindsets. It talks about how a negative mindset can prevent a child from reaching their goals and happiness, while a positive mindset can help them reach their dreams. It then asks your child to evaluate themselves by taking a quiz. The results, well the most important result in my opinion is that is makes your child AWARE of what they think of themselves. If they find that they have a positive mindset, then great, but if they are in a negative mindset, it helps them to rewire it. It encourages them to discover themselves and develop the mindset of growth, resilience, gratitude, and positivity.
As I move along with my daughter, I will share other things that resonate with me. In the meantime, get the book for your child and spend some time reading it with them. You won’t regret it.