I Can Handle It!: 50 Confidence-Building Stories to Empower Your Child

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A unique book for parents and caretakers to read with their 3 to 7 year old children. It offers the heart-warming stories of 50 children - each handling a difficult situation in life, such as teasing by other children, fear of the dark, or going to the dentist. It provides a refreshingly easy way for parents to engage with and empower their children through the repeated use of the powerful affirmation, No matter what happens, I can handle it.

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Overview

A unique book for parents and caretakers to read with their 3 to 7 year old children. It offers the heart-warming stories of 50 children - each handling a difficult situation in life, such as teasing by other children, fear of the dark, or going to the dentist. It provides a refreshingly easy way for parents to engage with and empower their children through the repeated use of the powerful affirmation, No matter what happens, I can handle it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Written by team, this book consists of a series of extremely short vignettes giving examples of children who are facing some type of crisis or problem. The problems are divided into ten categories including fear, frustration, sadness and loss, and grief. No matter the gravity of the problem, each vignette ends with the child verbalizing solutions and concluding with "I can handle it!" Divorce, frustration over having to wear a seatbelt, disagreements with siblings, all are dealt with in the same way; these children can handle anything! While it is admirable to give children the tools to deal with frustrations and minor squabbles with friends and family members, it may not be healthy to encourage children to believe that they can easily handle the death of a friend or parent, or the divorce of their parents, on their own. Often when children suffer a loss of this magnitude, it is necessary for them to undergo therapy with a trained professional in order to cope with the loss and with their feelings. Jeffers' guide may have some minimal positive effect but ultimately will not hold a child's attention. Finally, Jeffers would be wise to change the names of some of the children to reflect the reality of the multicultural world we live in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977761807
  • Publisher: Jeffers Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    A good book for Children and Parents

    The book is a collection of 50 short stores and is aimed at Parents (and those who are in a parental position of helping and guiding children) and children. The stories have different themes, Fear, Guilt, Embarrasment, Frustration etc., but have one thing in common - all of them teach the child how she can handle it. Each story has the byline, 'I can handle it' three times (the third time, it says, 'No matter what happens, I can handle it') thus reinforcing the child's ability to handle a situation. Affirmations have better chance of succeeding in children since they are like virgin soil without the weeds of negativities. So, the seeds of affirmations have better chance of taking root. While one may differ with the way a story is told, one will not differ with the theme of the book. Many of the stories are enjoyable to even the adults and resonate with the inner child. My only reservation with this book is the soft-cover presentation. Considering that the book is meant to be handled by parents and children over many days (and considering the situation where the child may like to read it by himself), a hard cover edition with plasticised pages would have been more appropriate. However, the cost of production would have gone up and the aim of reaching as many children and parents as possible would have been defeated. A good e-book (with nice background music) would have been a good option. I recommend the book strongly to all children and their caregivers.

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