The number of self improvement books being published has exploded over the last 10 years. Bookshops that once carried maybe one or two copies of I'm OK, You're OK now house Mind/Body/Spirit sections that stretch for several aisles.
As a life coach, I read a lot of these books for professional development. Yet as a parent I'm surprised that there aren't more of these books published for children. We all want to support our children's confidence and self esteem, right? So where are the tools to help us do it?
This week sees the UK release of the latest children's book by the US self development expert Dr Wayne Dyer, who's widely known as The Father of Motivation. No Excuses! looks at how the things we say can stop us getting what we want out of life. It's a good gift for any child whose self belief needs a bit of a boost.
Let's take a look at what else is around on this theme for kids:
- Relax Kids is a set of products and resources designed to help children de-stress and improve their confidence. My daughter enjoys their book The Wishing Star, which is a series of meditation stories for children. Great if you have a child who needs help in becoming more focused and calm.
- The Magic Sunglasses is a book aimed at seven- to ten-year-olds, and is all about finding out what your unique special gift to the world is.
- The Sara books by Esther and Jerry Hicks were recommended to me by a number of fellow coaches. They follow a young girl and her spiritual mentor, an owl called Solomon. If you're a fan of cosmic ordering, this is in the same vein, as it's about the Law of Attraction.
- The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by father of four Sean Covey is aimed at helping children see life from others' perspectives, by developing empathy.
- Dr Wayne Dyer, as mentioned above, is a real pioneer in this field. He grew up in orphanages and foster homes to become a best-selling author whose fans include Oprah Winfrey, so he's worth listening to when it comes to achieving your dreams. His other books for children are: Incredible You, Unstoppable Me and It's Not What You've Got .
Can you recommend any other mind/body/spirit books or resources for kids? Let us know.