Believing in Me: A Child's Guide to Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Believing in Me: A Child's Guide to Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem


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Does your boy or girl often feel isolated? Struggle to get involved in social situations? Nervous about what people think of them, or maybe they’re just a little unsure of how they feel about themselves? These could be signs that your child is experiencing low self-esteem or self-confidence.

This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioral therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child grow their self-esteem. It’s perfect for children ages 8 to 12 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s sense of self-worth, not just now but for years to come.

Your child will be guided, with the help of Bop—a friendly and supportive character they can identify with—through fun and engaging activities interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements, and practical information for parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510747470
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 352,000
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Poppy O'Neill runs a writers’ retreat in Portsmouth. Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, and her flash fiction has been long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Bristol Prize. She resides in Chichester, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction: A guide for parents and carers 9

You're not alone 9

Signs of low self-esteem 10

Talking it over 11

Getting started: How to use this book 12

How to use this book: A guide for children 13

Introducing Bop the monster 14

Part 1 What Is Self-Esteem? 15

How do you feel about yourself? 15

Activity: All about me 16

Activity: What makes me great! 18

Activity: My treasure box 21

What are emotions? 22

Activity: How do you feel right now? 23

Activity: Meditation 25

Signs of high and low self-esteem 28

Activity: Rate your self-esteem 30

Part 2 Boosting Self-Esteem 32

Activity: What makes you feel good? 34

Activity: What makes you feel bad? 35

Activity: Listen to your thoughts 36

Mindfulness 39

Try it! 40

Self-esteem boost 43

We are all different! 44

Activity: Your friends 45

How to spot a true friend 46

Activity: What kind of friend am I? 47

Activity: I'm a star! 50

What can affect my self-esteem? 51

How can we solve the problem of low self-esteem? 51

Where does self-esteem come from? 53

Part 3 Controlling Unhappy Thoughts 58

What are my unhappy thoughts? 59

Activity: True or false? 60

Past experiences 62

How to respond to unhappy thoughts 62

Thought mix-ups 62

Flip your thoughts! 65

Flip unhappy thoughts into hopeful thoughts! 66

Activity: My hopeful thoughts 67

Activity: Break it down 69

Activity: My happy jar 73

Be kind to yourself 75

Change your behaviors 75

Taking small steps 77

Activity: Small steps 79

Unhelpful behaviors 82

Avoidance behaviors 86

Hiding behaviors 88

Perfectionist behaviors 90

Passive behaviors 93

Aggressive behaviors 99

Attention-seeking behaviors 104

Part 4 Looking After Yourself 108

Take time to chill 108

What is tension? What does it feel like? 109

Activity: Tree breathing. 110

Activity: What makes you feel relaxed? 111

Activity: The big scribble 114

Worry 115

Don't compare yourself to others 116

Be yourself 116

Activity: I am brilliant at 117

Differences of opinion 120

Activity: I'm an expert! 123

Activity: Which three words would your best friend use to describe you? 124

Feel great 125

Activity: How many types of exercise do you do? 125

Eat healthily 127

Activity: What are your favorite fruit and vegetables? 127

Water is wonderful! 128

Activity: My bedroom 129

Activity: A good night's sleep 130

Love your body 131

Mirror, mirror 131

Planet Perfect 132

Activity: I like myself! 135

Part 5 Future Plans 136

Looking to a bright future 136

Activity: My future plans 137

You are not alone! 139

The end! 140

For parents: What you can do to help boost your child's self-esteem 141

Further advice 142

Recommended reading 143

Credits 143

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