HAPPY CONFIDENT ME Daily Journal - Gratitude and growth mindset journal to boost children's happiness, self-esteem, positive thinking, mindfulness and resilience
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That’s when I remembered a family member had sent us the Happy Confident Me Daily Journal. I saw this as an excellent opportunity to help her reflect, reframe the day and have an outlet to begin to feel better.
Created by top UK psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulus & renowned parenting expert Nadim Saad, the journal helps 7-12-year-olds develop the social & emotional skills needed to feel happier and more confident. Although the journal is straightforward, I do want to share some of the things I found helpful when introducing it to my kids #01 Please don’t force it
We all know that ‘it’s better out than in’ when it comes to some emotions. Whether you prefer shouting about it, scribbling it down on paper, or blogging the pants out of a situation, out is best. It helps us to feel calmer, more in control and more often than not can help us to understand what we are actually feeling, see how we reacted and help us to move forwards in a positive way. But it takes a good while to figure all that out doesn’t it? That getting things out – highs and lows, good times and bad – can make us feel better. Happier. More confident.
I found it helpful to read the journal before passing it on to the kids. That way, I knew what was covered and what was being asked of them. It only took about 30 minutes to read cover to cover. Doing so enabled me to prepare myself to answer any questions, participate in conversations and notice when the learning was applied. #04 Be prepared to take part The journal starts by introducing itself as a space for them to write down their thoughts and feelings. As a parent, I really like all the positive language used to reinforce the idea that feelings are valid and important. There’s even a lovely, light hearted section on ‘how to be happy’. Strong self-awareness in one of the 10 most important life skills that humans need and the better you know yourself the happier you will be.
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Very soon, I’ll be getting involved in a ‘learning from your mistakes’ activity with the kids, them seeing me make mistakes too will help bring the message home. The Happy Confident Me Journal is a daily journal for kids with a very clever twist up it’s sleeve. It’s been especially crafted by parenting coach Nadim Saad and psychotherapist Annabel Rosenhead to encourage a wealth of important skills in children, including self-awareness, positive thinking, resilience, growth mindset, confidence, mindfulness, kindness and gratitude. I know it might sound a little complicated on paper, but it’s actually very simple and a lovely end of the day activity to encourage your little ones to take part in. We tested a wide variety of journals with children aged 10, eight and five over several weeks, and are pleased to say that our kids have adopted a daily journal writing practice as a result, something they find enjoyable and calming.
Throughout life we question ourselves and our actions. We are too tough on ourselves, and this leads to low self-image and self-esteem. When we can accept ourselves, both the positives and the negatives, and accept others, the world will be a better place. Journalling is not my son’s natural territory. He’s 11 going on 15, and if something’s not on YouTube, I’ll be honest, it’s a hard sell. Placing the journal on day 1 in his hands and saying ‘ get on with it’ wasn’t going to work. So I just had it out in the house where he would see it and encouraged his natural curiosity to take over.AD | Sponsored post. Please be assured all words & opinions are 100% my own. Read my disclaimer for further details. Once they understand Mindset and no longer fear Failure, they will be stronger and more able to achieve. Yes, if they want to complete the journal by themselves, that’s great, but equally, some kids respond well to you being involved. It may be the difference between them completing the journal or allowing it to gather dust on a bookshelf.