Walking into the self-help aisle of your local Barnes & Noble or logging onto Amazon can be a bit daunting. Hollywood psychotherapists, Stutz and Michels, have created a groundbreaking book about personal growth, that provides an effective set of five tools that bring about dynamic change.
I have used this book with many clients, and the tips are so easy I was able to implement them into my own life as well! Cool, Calm, and Confident: A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Assertiveness Skills by Lisa Schab.
This adorable and educational read teaches children how to fill their mental “bucket” by being kind and building confidence. Anxiety and phobia workbook, Barry Michaels, books to increase confidence, books to increase self-esteem, Confidence Building, Dr. That list presents a problem for people with low self esteem and warped self concept issues.
Example: reword screw up paperwork with occasionally forget to fill in items on order forms.
This is an extremely challenging task that will make a major step toward changing your negative self concept.
Step Three of the Self Concept Assessment: you will acknowledge, accept and embrace your strengths.
Business mindset strategist, Ann Rusnak, brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience combined with her personal self-discovery journey. By Rachel 6 CommentsEvery parent wants to raise a child brimming with self-esteem and confidence; ready to tackle any adventure.
Sometimes, reading the words of someone who is not Mom or Dad helps cement a lesson or a concept in a child’s mind far more than you. A delightful book by Kevin Henkes about a lovely little mouse with a beautiful, nature-inspired name.
Not only is this a funny take on the original nursery rhyme, it’s a picture book on how Eensy lost her courage to climb after the waterspout incident – and how she eventually conquers her fears to climb again.
This clever picture book offers a contemporary take on an old favorite to provide young readers with a gentle template on how to face and overcome their own fears. A book EVERY child should read, all is right in Molly-Lou’s world until she has to move away from her beloved grandmother.
An uplifting book with great illustrations that teaches children that being different can be wonderful when you feel good about yourself.
There are four stories in this lovely classic, but the first, The Sneetches, is the one that focuses on self-esteem most. This award-winning story is about a race of wooden dolls called Wemmicks, much like Pinocchio, created by the Master Wood Carver.
This delightful book sends a strong positive message to kids about compassion, courage, embracing individuality and that it’s okay to be different. Encouraging story that teaches children to follow their heart, find their own rhythm and be a star in their own unique way. The charming tale tells of a young bluebird who has to face flying for the very first time without the help of her friend, the wind.
Packed with beautiful illustrations, Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey is a delightful story of determination and love that every young child will enjoy. A great book for kids who tried too hard, this is a story about Beatrice Bottomwell, a nine-year-old girl who spent her whole life being a perfectionist – until that fateful day where she makes her first BIG mistake in a very public way! Let your kids see for themselves that no one is perfect and that being perfect really isn’t as much fun as it’s cracked up to be. This book is a self-esteem builder and shares a healthy message about loving and liking yourself for who you are. A really nice book with gorgeous illustrations and bright colors, written with positive affirmations to keep the kids’ minds open wide and filled with positive thinking. In The Name Jar, a newly arrived Korean girl decided she has to choose a new name, since hers is too different and difficult to pronounce. A great book to help kids feel empower about their own name as well as excellent tool to teach them about cultural awareness and individuality. Affirmation Weaver is a beautifully illustrated story that gives children tools and education to deal with stress and anxiety in the form of relaxation exercises and positive thinking.
Have you filled a bucket today is a wonderfully, inspiring book that will positively impact young readers on how their actions of kindness, appreciation, and helpfulness will make them a better person. This is for any girl (even boy) you know who is struggling with braces, headgear, retainers or the like. Stick Up for Yourself has been a standby for parents, educators, and child professionals for more than twenty years. A very practical book that will help kids to have positive self esteem and the ability to stand up for themselves. This self esteem workbook is meant to guide teens through a gentle self-analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, leading them towards self-acceptance. This workbook is excellent for boosting a healthy level of self esteem and confidence if your teen is suffering from low self esteem issues. This is the guide to read for the messy child who needs (or wants) to get more organize and productive.
Few things are more empowering than knowing you can feed yourself more than microwave mac and cheese. Wonder is a fabulous story that will teach your children how to look past their own limitations, accept themselves for who they are, and the gifts they have to share. A Newbury award winner, Holes is a story of a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is under the burden of a several generations long curse.
Take an average 13 year-old boy, put him as the lone survivor of a plane crash in remote Canada and see what happens.
This novel is not specifically designed to build self-esteem, but the main character is so typical and real that it will get readers thinking about how much they really DO know. The central character, Steven, is a pretty normal 13 year old boy, until his younger brother gets cancer.
This timeless coming of age classic follows Ponyboy as he struggles through adolescence learning that first impressions aren’t always true, friends aren’t always who you think they are and everyone is an insider and an outsider, depending on perspectives. Besides been the perfect book for any girl who has scoliosis, this is also a real life book about growing up and facing facts about life. When a teen who finds her identity in running loses her leg in an accident, she is suddenly faced with a loss of a limb, a loss of identity and doubt about her place in the world. An awesome book about courage, strength, determination and the unlimited reserves of humanity. How not to be ashamed, embracing differences and accepting people as who they are are the key takeaways that describe this book!
While all children are teased from time to time, it is difficult to be teased about something you can’t change, like your skin color.
In this classic tale, a veritable outcast in a family of outcasts, Meg Murray is an underdog who misses the one who always made her feel loved, her father who has inexplicably disappeared. A Twinkle In Time is a magical story that will awaken the imagination of your child to new possibilities!


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Important Lessons From Dr Rubino's Self Esteem Book That Will Help You Reclaim Your Self Worth. As a result they trigger feelings of anger, sadness, and fear and repeatedly create interpretations that put them in these negative moods.
Another thing that struck me in Dr Rubino's self esteem book is the damage low self esteem can have on our relationships with others. It causes us to expect rejection from others as we assume that they will not see us as worthy of their love, attention and friendship. As a result we shut ourselves away from social situations so as to protect ourselves from getting hurt.
It was also in Dr Joe Rubino's self esteem book that I realised the impact low self esteem has on both physical and mental health. I was shocked to discover that low self esteem is linked with heart disease and even cancer as well as other illnesses. Some use physical strength as a way to protect themselves and build excessive muscles to protect them from their "enemies". Some seek professions that give them authority over others like becoming a policeman, soldier, and other uniform jobs. While others seek money, titles and possessions to gain some prestige so that they can feel worthy.
Dr Rubino then goes on to give a healthier alternative, which helps you overcome low self esteem instead of just building a wall around it.
These are just a few of the many insights you will gain from Dr Joe Rubino's self esteem book. I know the impact it has had on my life (that's why I talk about it so much) and I know you will gain a lot from it as well. In these self esteem books you will discover the root causes of low self esteem and how to overcome them. There are thousands of books on building self-esteem and self-confidence to choose from and with the hefty price tags, you don’t want to walk out with a book that just doesn’t do it for you. I find the ones that resonate with me and have helped those I work with, then pass them on to clients or friends. The Tools provides solutions to the biggest complaint patients have about traditional therapy, “the interminable wait for change to begin.” The authors use a language that we can all identify with and provide insight and strategic tools to build confidence and release fear.
The educational component, learning how one develops anxiety and low self-esteem is invaluable and the exercises have proven to be nothing less than a success. The exercises are effective and help children stand-up for themselves, learn to be both kind and assertive communication, and develop self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Rath tells a story that children as young as three can identify with, and how everyday situations are opportunities to “fill your bucket” with positivity and kindness. The closer you are to your ideal self… your true self the happier you will be in life. Building a strong foundation of self-esteem and confidence means equipping your child with lifelong social, practical, physical and emotional skills. There are thousands of great books written to boost a young child’s self-esteem and confidence.
All is well with Chrysanthemum until she goes to school where she is teased for her flower-like moniker.
In her new environment, the neighborhood bully singles her out for being short and having not-so-perfect teeth. Much like Seus’s Sneetches, the Wemmicks decide each other’s worth with a system of gray dots or gold stars.
It is also a great way to open up discussions with your children about bullying and teasing. When he tries to participate in the annual dance party, the other animals mock him before he can even demonstrate his dancing abilities. It teaches kids that they have the strength and the ability to overcome many of the obstacles that life throws in their path. I love the very concrete idea that kind words and deeds fill our love and happiness “buckets” and that negative words and actions take our joy away! Troubled by this, her teacher takes Trisha and her classmates to a real junkyard, demonstrating that treasures can be found amongst the debris.
This true story is written by a popular graphic novel artist who lived through adolescence and had the traumatizing experience of having dental gear at a time when her body and friendships were ever changing and evolving. This book captures the most amusing and painful experiences of growing up and how to deal with adversity. They are surrounded by change – change in themselves, changes in schools and changes in what’s expected from them.
The recently revised and updated guide for kids uses illustrations and everyday examples to show how to stand up to bullies, siblings, and even parents by teaching them to identify their feelings, build relationships, handle anger constructively, make choices based on personal values, resolve problems, and deal with sticky situations.
It defines self-esteem and distinguishes it from being self-absorbed, selfish, and self-centered. The problem is the 10 -13 year-old set often struggles with keeping up with bigger kids, moving on to harder skills and more demanding practices, and simply holding it all together. If you don’t have to nag them and they can find their own stuff, they are taking a huge step toward independence.
With easy to follow recipes and great illustrations, this cookbook aims to teach young adults how easy it is to make great tasty meals from everyday ingredients. While we want our kids to do as we ask, it’s important for them to know they can and, sometimes should, question authority. This curse results in him being sent away to a juvenile detention camp in the middle of the desert. Hatchet will have every child riveted as Brian Robeson figures out how to survive on his own. Follow Steven through a year in the life of his family in this touching and humorous book as he struggles with coming of age and self-doubt amidst a year-long family crisis. It also teaches the reader that some mistakes cannot be undone and is a great lesson about being true to yourself, no matter what those around you are telling you.
Her missing leg is one of the many setbacks the protagonist faces as she is suddenly confronted with all of the changes in her life and she starts to understand others whom she had previously ignored because they are faced with similar challenges. Marked by her Muslim head covering, everyone around her has an opinion about her, an opinion based solely on a garment that she chooses to wear. It is a pleasure to read and teaches the important lesson that we are not to be summed up by how we look or what we wear. In this coming of age and self-esteem book, Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class.
This book teaches valuable lessons on how to love yourself and be confident, no matter what you look like.
On an amazing adventure that takes brains, boldness, and the help of friends and family members, Meg embarks on an amazing adventure where it will take wits, boldness and a little bit of brass to find her father and find the beauty and value she already possesses.


Keep your child’s needs in mind when selecting books – there are a lot of good ones out there!
All of them explore inner emotions, struggles and acceptance, so teaching these books to children or teenagers is definitely a wonderful idea. I, unfortunately haven’t read them all, but would definitely recommend most of them to anyone who is looking to give their child a boost. The Fill Your Bucket book has always been one of my favorites; being kind and appreciative are such basic building blocks for children. I will be taking this list to the library when I go to work and see how many we have on our shelves. I can recall not having a huge circle of friends, but the few I did have as a child are still a part of my life. These are some of my current favorites for creative and effective building of self-confidence and self-esteem in adults and children.
For years, Stutz and Michels taught these techniques to an exclusive patient base and helped to create lasting change.  I have seen these tools work for clients and therapists alike. I appreciate his vast understanding of how self-esteem is a component of anxiety, as well as allowing for chapters to just address self-esteem and assertiveness building. Using this workbook is an easy and effective way to teach self-esteem, especially when read with an adult.
This book is a visual for teaching children how we each feel and how our actions and words impact ourselves and each other. While there are children seemingly born with supreme self-esteem and who carry that confidence with them into adulthood, they are few and far between. The following are some great reads to inject a little confidence and feel-good vibes into story time at your house. Children try to “smell” her and pretend to pluck her and she begins to feel that maybe her name is not so special, maybe it would be better to have a different, more “normal” name. In the end, with the help of some grandmotherly advice, Molly-Lou prevails and finds a place for herself in her new home.
The sneetches with the stars decide they are the best of the bunch and the ones without become envious of those with the stars.
With colorful pictures, funny names and a great storyline, this book teaches kids valuable lessons in tolerance and accepting everyone without discrimination. From creativity, healthy ways to deal with stress and risk-taking, each one is illustrated in a way that helps children see the strengths that lie within. It explains this in a physical, visceral way that is easily understood by the youngest student.
Junkyard Wonders is based on the real-life experiences of the author and her fellow special-education classmates.
Stories of friendship, first crushes and even an earthquake are accompanied by full colored, comic-like illustrations. It has exercises to aid teens in dealing with everyday problems such as failure, criticism, and bullying and come through with confidence and grace. This guide has many great ideas to empower the disorganized child to develop positive habits to become more organized at home and in school. This terrific read is also about taking responsibility for their actions with valuable insights on how to be a great leader. Wonder is written from multiple perspectives and rose to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Overcoming obstacles with his fellow outcasts, revealing secrets and solving the overarching mystery help Stanley see that one is only cursed if one believes one is. While dealing with normal teenage angst, like crushes, body changes, family tensions, changing friendships, a burgeoning sexuality and experimentation with drugs, he is also dealing with the devastating suicide of his best friend. Children will see evidence of the strength and resourcefulness we all have within us as he struggles, sometimes failing, with learning how to light fire, make shelter, build a raft and feed himself, surviving 54 days alone in the wilderness, with no previous outdoor survival experience. Steven has to dig deep and find it within himself to be there for his family and brother all the while coping with the changes within and around him. Enter a diagnosis of scoliosis that puts Deenie in a painful full-torso brace that turns her into one of the outcasts she has always looked down on.
Does My Head Look Big In This discusses important lessons that many young adolescent girls can relate to including stereotyping, pressure to fit in, tolerance, eating disorders and racism. Don’t worry if you take two steps forward and then fall back a step or two – that’s just part of growing up.
I’m thinking perhaps setting up a display with some of the books you have listed will attract some younger readers. Most of us will find ourselves with a child who struggles with issues like shyness, fitting in, standing their ground or speaking their mind. One day he meets a new friend who has neither gold stars nor gray dots, and she seems so happy. Being one of a kind hurts this little girl so, until she is able to help someone in need and then she finds not only self-love, but acceptance amongst her peers.
This book is also loved by many teachers and some start out the school year by reading it and giving students sand buckets and shovels as a reminder of this colorful, engaging story. In the end, the author updates the reader on the successful lives of all of her fellow junkyard friends.
Suddenly, given a free pass from others expectations of her, Deenie struggles to find out who she really is and what she wants for herself.
However, a new teacher, with skin issues of her own, eventually becomes an example of how to find courage amidst the bullies and naysayers, and to find happiness within. I only wish some of these books were available when I was a child – they may have given me the self-esteem I lacked.
Hartstein gives readers insight into what our young girls are going through developmentally and how our culture impacts their sense of self. She shares her secret with Punchinello and he learns what really makes a person worth something. I write YA fiction myself and it makes me happy to see those positive messages when often teens are shown the exact opposite. She provides readers with strategies to build self-esteem and confidence in every age group, starting at 2 years old. It is only when Catharine meets a new friend through her brother that she realizes that normal is rather relative after all. By explaining how girls are interpreting mixed messages from parents, peers, and the media, readers get an inside look at how we can instill confidence and self-esteem in our daughters that will last a lifetime.
The best part is that after each chapter, you will have the tools to implement immediately.



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