365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids: Activities That Build Self-esteem, Develop Character and Encourage Imagination

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Overview

“Imaginative ways to raise healthy, happy families.”

                                                —Healthy Kids magazine

“A great source for parents and educators. The book helps children build character and promote positive self-esteem. The ideas, activities and suggestions are invaluable.”

                                                —Creative Classroom magazine

                                                    (Children’s Television Workshop) 

As every parent knows, raising confident, respectful, and well-behaved kids takes a little creativity and a whole lot of love. While the love comes naturally, sometimes parents need a little guidance in finding creative ways to bring out the best in their children.

In 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids, parenting experts Barbara Ann Barnett and Sheila Ellison provide you with practical, tried-and-true advice and creative activities designed to help kids discover their personal strengths and talents, hone their problem-solving skills, and develop an awareness of the needs of others.

Inside you’ll find 365 ways to encourage your kids to:

• Be resourceful, imaginative, and self-reliant

• Develop high self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth

• Communicate effectively and feel comfortable expressing feelings and needs

• Build positive character traits including courage, honesty, patience, responsibility, tolerance, and self-discipline

• Cope with hard times and challenges

• Forge strong bonds with family members

• Enjoy life and develop a healthy sense of humor

365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids offers an abundance of practical activities for every day of the year that are sure to entertain your little ones while nurturing their self-esteem, imagination, and creative genius!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760794630
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Ellison, a mother of four, is an author and renowned speaker on how to be a successful parent. Her work on that subject has appeared in magazines such as Parenting, Family Circle, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Ellison is the creative force behind the “365 Ways” series and the founder of the non-profit organization Single Moms Connect. She lives in Northern California.

Barbara Ann Barnett, Ph.D., is a proud mother of one and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her private practice specializes in helping families to strengthen their psychological health. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Getting in the Mood
Feelings come and go in 15 to 30 seconds, but moods can last for days. Everyone knows what it means to be in a good mood or a bad mood. But we don't always understand how our mood affects those around us; it can actually create a good or bad feeling in the home. Have fun dramatically acting out first a bad mood, then a good mood. Set a timer for 15 minutes, and everyone act out a bad mood: being judgmental, noncompliant, hostile, withdrawn, mopey, sulking, righteous, etc. When the timer rings, everyone switch to acting out a good mood for 15 minutes: being helpful, attentive, generous, sweet, happy, caring, energetic, pleasant, patient, etc. Discuss what it felt like to create these moods. Then discuss what it felt like to be around others with different moods.

Cleaning Game
Pick a day for everyone to do chores together. You will be amazed how fast you can clean a house when you do one room at a time, with each person doing their part. Make it fun by hiding a few pieces of candy before you start. Every once in a while blow a whistle, ring a bell or simply announce "treat time." Then, everyone can hunt for the treats and enjoy them together.

Sending Little Love Notes
What a wonderful surprise to wake up in the morning to a message of love. Before you go to bed tonight, write a little love note to your child and leave it on the breakfast table where it will be read in the morning. Write about something you noticed they did well that day, and tell them how much you love them.

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Table of Contents

Part One: About Yourself
Self-Esteem
Self-Motivation
Resourcefulness
Separate Time
Imagination

Part Two: Express Yourself
Feelings
Communication
Touch

Part Three: About Others
Caring
Friendship
Respect
Cooperation
Open to Change
Manners
Community Building

Part Four: Building Character
Courage
Truthing
Patience
Tolerance
Helpfulness
Responsibility
Discipline
Forgiveness

Part Five: Challenges
Times of Trouble
About Death

Part Six: Family Matters
Family History
Mom
Dad
Parent to Parent
Siblings
Older to Younger
Family Meetings

Part Seven: Having Fun Together
Fun & Games
Humor
Traditions

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