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Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happiness Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"Parents might sometimes wish their children came with an instruction manual; this book could be an answer to their prayers."
- Publishers Weekly
- Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation
"Offers wise and practical strategies for adults who hope to guide their children toward a lifetime of confidence and true happiness."
- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"This was a great book that will help you redefine the way in which you look at happiness for your children and the way in which you will envision the building of confidence in your children. I know that as a I am always looking for ways in which to build this confidence and self esteem in my own kids and some days are easier than others, yet I always know how important this parental task is. The author does an amazing job at melding together Eastern and Western lines of thought which is something that I would not have considered in the past, but after reading this makes perfect sense. The book is full of great ideas that are practical and easy to implement and are ones that I would highly recommend any parent consider when working with their own child.The other nice thing about this book was the experience that the author brings to her book, as you can tell throughout the book that her experience has made her well suited to write and share her thoughts on this and as you read further you will be surprised and encouraged to change some of your own parenting ways to encourage the self confidence in your own child on a daily basis!"
--Dad of Divas
Growing Happy Kids
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Happiness is something we seek all our life, and having it in childhood is a good way to start. "Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happiness" is a parenting guide from Maureen Healy who advises parents on how to inspire happiness in their children, drawing from philosophy and faith and how to apply these ideals to empower a positive insight in themselves and spread it to their children. "Growing Happy Kids" is a strong pick for any parenting collection, highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review Midwest Book Review)
Growing Happy Kids is a compelling and insightful look at what happiness really is. Its message extends way beyond childhood. Maureen, you are absolutely on target. It's inner confidence, not the outer, that carries us through the ups and downs of this experience we call life.
--Dr. James Sutton, Psychologist and host of The Changing Behavior Network (Dr. James Sutton NetGalley)
Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happiness
Maureen Healy; PHealth Communications Inc., $14.95 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-7573-1612-8
Parents might sometimes wish their children came with an instruction manual; this book could be an answer to their prayers. Healy, a popular writer, speaker, and parenting expert, offers practical and time-tested ideas for instilling children with confidence and happiness. She offers a 5-step process to help children gradually trust more in their own abilities by moving from what she terms 'outer' confidence to 'inner' confidence. These steps include making sure children receive proper nutrition and teaching them appropriate social skills. The author includes 'takeaway' tidbits throughout that will calm even the most frazzled parent. She highlights the importance of families sharing food together while children are encouraged to talk about their daily experiences. Healy also advises parents to guide their children in cultivating a sense of spirituality, something that she distinguishes from organized religious practice. Telling kids stories about great religious figures and how they overcame obstacles can assist them in tapping into their own inner power and confidence, she writes.;New parents and veterans alike will discover useful ways to increase their own confidence about child rearing while allowing their kids' happiness to flourish. (Apr.) (PW Publishers Weekly)
"I wanted to get this book because I am always looking for ideas on the ways I can prepare my children to deal with life, but I learned a lot about how I deal with life in the process. It's a very enlightening read. . . . What really resonated with me about this book is that so much of it was about perspective and self talk. The way we perceive and talk about the world and our lives affects us on so many levels, good or bad. What this book is about is teaching our children to have a deep rooted belief of their own awesomeness, and to let that bloom into real, lasting confidence and a positive worldview.
And the thing I love, love, LOVED the most about this book is that after talking about all of this, Healy ends the book with some real life examples of things that we can do with our children to help them reach these goals. She gives us examples of exercises, songs, and mantras (and more!) that we can use in every day life to strengthen the five building blocks. And while Healy is Buddhist and draws heavily from that belief system, these examples are adaptable to whatever belief system or style of parenting suits your family best. In fact, throughout the book she makes an effort to make these ideas available to people across all spiritual traditions… or even those who have a lack thereof. . . ."
--Leah Silverman/ NetGalley.com
In Growing Happy Kids, Maureen Healy has given us rich and valuable tools to assist us in honoring and supporting our children in building their self-confidence and helping them become happier. It is a MUST read for all parents, educators, and people who care.
―Edwene Gaines, author of The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity(Edwene Gaines)
Drawing on her own extensive research and experience, Maureen Healy wisely leads parents and caregivers into the heart of awakening and activating the innate confidence with which every child is born. This is a book that parents will read over and over again.
―Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential(Michael Bernard Beckwith)
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When I first started this book, I feared it was going to be a lot of New Age spiritual information that would easily turn off some who picked it up. Once you get past her history of how she came to write this book, you find a lot of real world advice that can apply to any culture and any religion. East truly meets West in the ideas and actions outlined within the book. It is also clear how Healy has drawn upon her experience as a child psychologist and scientific research to create realistic advice. A lot of this practical advice seems so common sense. A lot of the ideas were naturally implemented by my own parents. As a teacher, however, I have seen how quickly and easily a lot of these ideals are forgotten. It isn't done on purpose; society is just different today.
A lot of her tips and ideas would apply to adults, as well. We often forget about maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and adequate sleep. We allow people to be negative toward us and forget to have faith in ourselves and our lives.
Another thing I like about this book is that it teaches you how to instill confidence in your children without going overboard. You can learn how to teach confidence without becoming cocky, or by causing the child to feel like a failure when things don't quite work out the way they are supposed to. Sometimes, something can happen to shatter your child's confidence. Healy shows you how you can also rebuild your child's confidence.
The book ends with several lists of activities that can seamlessly become part of your daily routine with your child, to help boost his or her inner confidence. Many of these could be implemented in a classroom, as well. This book is beneficial for both parents and teachers to read, as they are the ones closest to the child who will have the most impact. Further reading is also included for those who wish to learn more.
Proceeds from Growing Happy Kids are being donated to both UNICEF and the Seramey Thewo Khamsten Children's Program.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.