I had the pleasure in the past couple of months of meeting an author named Stacey Montgomery who spoke at an entrepreneurship meeting I attended. She writes children's books that empower kids and has a full line of other products with that mission. She features male and female characters of various races, backgrounds in her line.
Her offerings include comic-style "guided" journal books (that she writes and illustrates) with titles such as "What's Your Super Power?" and "What Makes You So Awesome?" (click the titles to follow links to the books).
It's obvious that we want to build our own kids' self esteem and stand up for themselves while teaching them to value others and be inclusive.
Stacey's books help kids put these wise thoughts and words into action by teaching kids to thoughtfully discover what gifts and traits they have to be the best version of themselves, which will in turn help them see the best in others.
When you click on the links above, you can see some sample pages of Stacey's books with questions children can fill in, with the charming characters she's illustrated filling the pages alongside the child-provided answers.
Her products aren't about just merchandising the heck out of characters a la the latest movie launch and trinkets made available at fast food restaurants.
Stacey's characters and supporting products like mugs, lunchboxes, birthday cards, placements, bag tags and invitations helps underscore the positive messages she's spreading and serve as reminders throughout the day of how children can feel good about themselves.
I'm not being reimbursed in any for promoting this book series. I just found her books and message valuable and charming, and I wanted to spread the word.
I think that paving the way for "raising teens right" means that the elementary and preschool years should be on a good path to creating great teenagers.
I was asked a couple of months ago to write a blog post reminding parents that they are instrumental in helping their kids find tolerance and acceptance for others who may be viewed as "different," and how setting the ball rolling for accepting a kid can make all the difference in the world.
With teenage children, parents aren't arranging ''play dates" anymore and we have somewhat less control over who they choose to associate with and their behaviors. We can "hover" a bit over preschoolers and grade schoolers, but as kids move into junior high and high school, we parents are still there as a guiding force (and Lord knows I've pushed being a nosy parent to teens), but the fact is, they OUGHT to know how to behave as middle and older teenagers without a parent monitoring their behavior at every turn.
If this kind of thinking - valuing oneself while valuing others - is truly ingrained while kids are young they'll fall back on it when they need to.
Tomorrow, November 19 from 1-4 PM, Stacey will be having a Super Power Book Signing at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville, 352 S Route 59.
If you're looking to meet this interesting author and would like to find out more about her books, I highly recommend you attend.
Next post: How a teen girl had to survive doubts about her integrity in order to overcome extreme social bullying and being treated as an outcast (even by adults). Please read my next post to explore the psychology of group-think affect how we as parents behave, along with our children.
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