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The Mouse, the Monster and Me: Assertiveness for young people Perfect Paperback – April 2, 2011
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A valuable and empowering book. --Michele Borba, Ed.D.
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Valuable resources for building self - esteem and emotional stability. Highly recommended. --The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Dr. Pat Palmer, is a psychologist and founder of the Assertiveness Training Institute of Denver. She has counseled adults and young people throughout the U.S. in the areas of assertiveness and self-esteem. In addition to writing Liking Myself, and The Mouse, the Monster and Me, Dr. Palmer also wrote Teen Esteem and I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand.
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Overall, the explanations are short and sweet—just enough for my six-year-old, but sometimes they could use more explanation. The activities are great! They started many wonderful, profound, productive conversations with my daughter. I sort of wish it had more vocabulary than just "monster" and "mouse". After all, if another child is being aggressive, I'd rather my child didn't say, "You are being a monster." Since it might sound like name-calling. So I've taught my child the words "aggressive" and "passive" in addition to "assertive". Between us, though, if she demands something in a too-agressive way I can say, "Sweetie, that's how a monster would ask for a glass of milk, how can you ask assertively?" and she understands what I mean. Likewise if she's moping around hinting that she wants to do something I can say, "I keep hearing a little mouse squeaking. Can you tell me assertively what the mouse wants?"
Part of the reason why I bought it is because my daughter needed to learn to be assertive and needed to understand what were acceptable ways for other people to treat her and what were not (there are so many "bossy" kids at school that aggressiveness seems normal to her). The philosophical foundation of this book has provided that and we are developing that foundation every day.
Honestly, I learned a lot from this book too. My parents never really taught me about assertiveness, so I'm...immature in this dimension. I wish there were a companion book for parents: "The Mouse, the Monster, and Us: Assertive Parenting to Raise Assertive Children." The front matter of the book makes some recommendations, but through this book, the author feels like a trustworthy old friend whose advice I would actively seek out. I guess I'll go check out her author page now!