What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem

What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem

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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. 


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734184846
Publisher: MABMA Enterprises, LLC
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Series: What I Tell Myself , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 30
File size: 46 MB
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Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

About the Author

An artist since childhood, Zoe lives in Belmont, NC and never had to ponder the question "what do I want to be when I grow up?" After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1993 Zoe moved to Cleveland, Ohio to start her career. She worked for 7 years as an Art Director for GR&A Advertising until moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2002 and took the opportunity to begin her freelance venture. Currently, Zoe runs an independent graphic design and illustration studio and is enjoying great success. Zoe has enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to transition to more illustration along with her graphic and web design projects. She attributes a great deal of her inspiration from her husband Alex, two daughters, Mila and Giada, and her two hound dogs, two cats, two fish and one bearded dragon! You can learn more about Zoe and her work at www.gooddharma.com.
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.

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ReadersFavorite5 5 months ago
Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite What I Tell Myself First: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem by Michael A. Brown is a self-help book for children based on the principles of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. For those who don’t know, the hierarchy of needs is a tiered pyramid with the largest and most fundamental human needs at the bottom such as water, food, warmth and rest. Its goal is for people to move up the chart until they reach the top step of self-actualization, though this book seems to focus mostly on the second-highest tier: Esteem. The book begins with a title page followed by a well-designed copyright/ dedication page and ends with an author bio and playful version of the hierarchy of needs. Michael A. Brown’s book What I Tell Myself First is a vibrant and unique book in a class all to itself. It’s wonderful how Brown has designed this book for customization by the reader. Many of the pages have underlined spaces that are preceded by things such as I am, the truth is and a lie is so the reader can fill them in with their own beliefs. Furthermore, the author goes to great lengths in this book to keep the text personal for the reader by having dual messages targeted towards boys or girls. I loved the warm and detailed illustrations through the entire book which really helped tie it all together. Though the book didn’t have a regular rhyme scheme, the most enjoyable parts for me were when it would drift a little closer to children’s poetry. I found the kid-friendly version of Maslow’s hierarchy charming with a fun drawing of Abraham Maslow and a small biography about him for further learning. Ultimately this is a well thought out and deep book that is sure to be valuable for any child or adult that’s willing to give it a go.
ReadersFavorite4 5 months ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Who am I? Am I worth anything to anyone? Am I worth anything to myself? These are important issues to consider. But, before we can be worth something to others, we must feel good about ourselves, we must appreciate and respect who and what we are. We can’t all be thin and beautiful, smart and popular. But we can all be respectful of ourselves, each other and the world around us. All it takes is a little concentration and a little self-admiration. Not to be selfish, but, if I can’t appreciate myself, how can I expect others to appreciate me? Therefore, “I must be selfish before I am selfless.” Michael A. Brown’s children’s self-help book, What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem, is a valuable interactive guide to self-awareness and feeling good about yourself. Directed towards children, with colorful illustrations and simple language, the book challenges the young reader with key issues like appearance, self-esteem, popularity, marks, and achievements, and so much more. In a world that demands the best of everyone, it’s difficult for young people to believe in themselves as they are and accept who and what they are. The author places the reader in the book, asking the reader to name him/herself at the beginning and the end. With illustrations of all kinds of children, all sizes and colors, every child should be able to relate to the children in the illustrations and, certainly, the issues presented. A great way to encourage young readers to believe in themselves: “I am alive, alert, and able.”
ReadersFavorite3 5 months ago
Reviewed by Joshua Soule for Readers' Favorite What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is a children’s book written by Michael A. Brown that gives children positive messages to build self-esteem and start the day in a positive way. Brown covers various areas for kids by walking through many concepts essential for healthy growth and development, including “I am beautiful/handsome” and “I am good at some things and not good at some things.” What I Tell Myself FIRST is written in a personalized manner; it even provides spaces for the young readers to write their names or other specifics to make it that much more of a personal experience to read. I was truly blown away by the idea of What I Tell Myself FIRST, a book that addresses the needs of children based on Mazlow’s Hierarchy. Author Michael A. Brown has clearly put a lot of research and passion into this book. As a father and educator, Brown’s mission of helping children be the best they can be is evident in his work. The illustrations, done by Zoe Ranucci, perfectly complement the book in a way that is fun, engaging, and brings the concepts to life. Brown elegantly transitions from one concept to another, and the entire book is relevant and age-appropriate. If you want to help your children grow and develop healthy self-esteem, have your kids read What I Tell Myself FIRST every day. Nice work, Mr. Brown.
ReadersFavorite2 5 months ago
Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem by Michael A Brown is a young reader book that emphasizes what goes on inside a child as he or she develops. It is a strategic tool to help buffer against life itself, which throws its barbs at us in so many ways. Whether from family members, schoolmates, or adults, negative input affects how a person sees himself or herself. The book provides good directions on manners, simple reminders of how to treat others and support them even on bad days. I think this is a great book. It doesn’t whitewash life with promises of 'dream your dream and it will happen.' It works rather to help the young reader accept who they are, and work harder on the things they need help with. It’s practical and written on a level that children can understand and appreciate. The artwork is clever and colorful, generating ideas for kids so they can better understand the material presented. The pictures are inclusive and universal so kids from all sorts of backgrounds can relate to them. I would recommend this book to parents who find their kids struggling with who they are and who they are not. I would also recommend this book to school counselors to help children build positive habits of self-reflection. A book like this is a good one to visit again and again as the habits are built into a young life. What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem by Michael A Brown is highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite1 5 months ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is a social issues picture book for children, grades k-3, written by Michael A. Brown and illustrated by Zoe Ranucci. Who am I? A simple question, but the answer can provide a child with room and time to begin considering who they actually are beyond the formality of name and family identification. The short answer is, of course, one’s name, but there’s so much more that can be explored. Children are faced with an existence that often seems to require a graduate-level understanding of philosophy in a world that gets ever more complex. Michael A. Brown’s compilation of affirmations goes a long way towards guiding children to consider themselves, their identities and their choices in a positive and engaging way. Brown is never preachy nor does he fall into the trap of didacticism. Rather, he approaches each of the issues he covers in this marvelous workbook from a child’s perspective. He takes his readers very seriously, and it shows in the way he communicates with them. I was inspired by this book and feel that anyone who reads this book, child and caregiver alike, will find it as inspiring as I did. Reading it can lead to discussions about truth, lies, visions and even why some people just can’t excel at some things while they do at others. Zoe Ranucci’s illustrations do an outstanding job of reinforcing the author’s goals and visions. Her kids feel real, neither stereotypes nor cartoon images, and readers will find characters to identify with on every page. Even left-handed kids will find kids just like them throughout the pages of this book. Lefties are often left out or overlooked; Brown and Ranucci’s work fairly teems with left-handed artists, writers, and ballerinas. What I Tell Myself FIRST may help readers of all ages become just a bit more self-aware as well as help to build their self-esteem. It really is the most remarkable and accomplished children’s book and is highly recommended.