A lot of adults have dark roads.
Started from when they were young. The hug they didn’t get. The pain they didn’t learn to manage because mom and/or dad patched mostly all of their wounds and fought mostly all their battles. Travelling through life, hearing “You’re fat.” “You’re slow.” You’re not like us.” “You’re ugly.” “I felt disrespected when he said...” “No one loves me.” “I fell for this person because I needed love. Who knew that he’d (or she’d) be.....” “It’s your job to make me feel like...” “WHY DON’T YOU WANT ME?!” If only we'd learn very early on that these things were our jobs to perform. If only we'd learn to do for self in every way.
Written by a US military veteran, this children's book, based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, will instill in children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations. Author Mike Brown has learned many life lessons and hopes to convey some of those lessons acquired from public and private service in the Army, as a police officer, an anger management specialist, nonviolent crisis intervention instructor, educator, as well as the real-world wisdom accumulated so far, to everyone that reads this book. Teaching a sense of self-love as well as self-acceptance and giving a framework for both parents and children to help build their lives into sturdy and happy homes is his goal. What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is to readers what the AED is to a heart: it instills the defibrillator of self-esteem so powerful for when times are tough and your mind is under attack. Mike hones in on his military past and the methodology behind why servicemembers say creeds in various forms and military occupational specialties. This book will serve its purpose not for when times are good. But for when times are bad, when one is on that dark road and it feels like no one is there. It will serve as the proverbial jump pack to the battery of the mind. Like the hug that you needed but did not get. Like the words you needed to hear but did not hear. This book of reality-based daily affirmations are the “I wish I had this” of books. We MUST instill in our children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations.
About the Author
Born in Chicago, IL, Michael Brown served in the United States Army, in various communities as a police officer and currently serves as an anger management specialist, nonviolent crisis intervention instructor, and collegiate / career occupational educator in multiple criminal justice-related disciplines. He is the father of four beautiful children and believes raising them into the best strong, capable, productive, responsible, and most importantly, happy human beings they can be is his life's mission. Mr. Brown is an advocate of education and is a graduate of Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, having been conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Criminal Justice, Psychology and Philosophy) in 2006 and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2012.