Last week, Jeff and I were talking about the particular challenges that parents today face as they raise their children. Jeff said something to the effect of, “How are we going to instill in Adeline a feeling of self-confidence and self-worth?” As per usual, my answer was to start by reading her books about the importance of being yourself, and not being worried about what other people think of you. Of course, after that, I’ve got no idea. 😉 But for now, that’s the plan. I thought I would share with all of you the books I have already started reading to Adeline in order to give her a healthy dose of self-worth. So today’s What to do Wednesday post is all about reading (again)!
And here are the summaries of the books (and for your convenience, if you click on the title, you’ll be taken to Amazon so you can purchase the book!):
- The Lion Who Couldn’t Roar by Gary Hogg– This is a darling book that talks about a lion who is so ashamed of his inability to roar that he unsuccessfully tries to fit in with different animals. Eventually, he realizes that being a lion (and, therefore, a king) has nothing to do with his ability to roar–it’s in his blood.
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes– Chyrsanthemum has always loved her name–that is until she goes to school and all of the other girls make fun of her for it. This book talks about her journey to accept and embrace her different name, thanks to awesome parents, and a wonderful teacher.
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae– When the annual Jungle Dance rolls around, Gerald is devastated because he thinks that giraffes can’t dance, due to their wobbly knees and long necks. An unlikely friend convinces him to give it a try and he has a wonderful time at the dance, once he accepts that his dance is simply different from the others’.
- Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester– Rodney Rat has a lisp and is very embarrassed by the limitations it causes him when he speaks. This book talks about his quest to overcome his fears as he interacts with his peers.
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell– In one of my all-time favorite books, Molly Lou Melon, who is the shortest girl in the 1st grade and has buck teeth, shows the world that she is not ashamed of who she is, and that she has a LOT to offer. This is a must-read.
- You are Mine by Max Lucado– This book definitely has a more spiritual feel to it, but in my opinion, knowing that no matter what other people say, God still loves me, has helped me to have a healthy sense of self-worth. This book is the perfect way to teach that because God created us, He loves us, and if we have a relationship with Him, it is easier to not worry so much what other people think of us.
- It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr– “None of us is exactly the same as anyone else, and that is just fine!” That is the message conveyed in this cute book. We should celebrate our differences and love each other in spite of them!
- Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg– This is the perfect book for the perfectionist in your life! It talks all about how the mistakes we make can be turned into something completely different and completely beautiful. We don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed when we make mistakes. We can learn from them and move on!
- Ish by Peter H. Reynolds– Another book for the perfectionist in your life, this book teaches kids that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that as long as we are doing our best, we don’t have to be perfect or do things perfectly.
- Daughter of a King by Rachel Ann Nunes– This book also has a spiritual feel about it, and it teaches a similar message as “You are Mine.” This book teaches us that no matter what happens in life, if we can always remember that we are the sons and daughter of our Heavenly King, we can find comfort and peace.
Honestly, because of the prevalence of social media in our world today, it is SO easy for us (even as adults) to get caught up in the comparison game. It is easy for us to feel like we just don’t measure up. That is why I feel it is so crucial to teach our kids from very early on of their inherent worth. These books are some of the best I have found to do that. So please, check them out and let me know what you think of them!!!