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I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids Paperback – Sept. 11 2018
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What kids tell themselves matters! It becomes their inner voice. It can help them connect with their power within.
Help your child tap into their inner strength and resilience when challenges arise.
I Can Do Hard Things introduces children to the practice of using mindful affirmations for support and encouragement when they need it.
It reflects the beautiful diversity in our world.
I Can Do Hard Things is a perfect addition to your home or school social emotional library.
(Available in Spanish as Yo Puedo Hacer Cosas difíciles: Afirmaciones Conscientes Para Niños).
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About the Author
Gabi Garcia is a mama, licensed professional counselor and picture book author. She spent the last 20 years serving children K-12 as a school counselor.
Gabi writes books that support parents, educators and caregivers in nurturing mindful, socially and emotionally aware children. Her books include Listening to My Body: A Guide to Helping Kids Understand the Connection Between Their Feelings and Sensations and Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion.
- Publisher : Skinned Knee Publishing (Sept. 11 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 35 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998958085
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998958088
- Item weight : 109 g
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 0.23 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I mean the biggest thing is that we model what it is like to “fail” in different areas because children are observers of the adults around them to see what they are supposed to be like. The whole “do what I say not as I do” does not correlate or work for children. So along with being a good role model (that’s educators, parents, caregivers, it takes a village 😊) this book is huge.
It really shows children that it’s okay to make mistakes and to try again, to be themselves when the world is telling them to fit a mold, to be a friend to themselves when everyone isn’t a friend to them, to speak up when they see something that isn’t right, etc. They can do hard things! I use this at circle to talk about how hard things are sometimes and how it feels easier to give up. Maybe some friends have a hard time making it to the potty on time, or have a hard time cleaning up, or have a hard time walking away when they are in the red zone or mad, have a hard time saying good bye to mom and dad at the door in the morning, or just have a hard time taking turns. But it’s important to remember that we can do hard things and what’s hard for you might not be hard for others and that’s okay because they have hard things that aren’t hard for you.
I have heard amazing feedback from parents as well. They use the saying at home with their family and one little boy in particular won my heart over recently. He went to our craft area and made his own headband to remember to do hard things and showed me his muscles haha. It was the cutest thing. He also told me I can do hard things after I realized I broke our cord to our speaker in the classroom. He told me “it’s okay. We make mistakes, you can do hard things” I literally almost cried.
Children are citizens of this world and our future generations. What they are going through in their early years is not as trivial as we may think. It’s important we remember what it was like to be young and not taken seriously. The things they face are new and their brain is developing so incredibly fast. Crazy to think that we have developed 90% of our brain by kindergarten. It is so important we foster resiliency and this book is a great resource for that along with modeling. I cannot recommend it enough. Sometimes I remind myself I can do hard things too 😉 and so are you!