Children are constantly trying to get a sense of identity and developing their social skills. They say what's on their mind but may not necessarily be that comfortable with saying their feelings. I have come accross two books that help with those exact issues. The Mouse, the Monster, and Me and Liking Myself.
Retail price $12.95
This book gives your child the opportunity to explore their feelings by not only reading about it, but writing and drawing about it too. The topics in this book help your child explore their feelings and give the opportunity to include their own story or opinion with the fun activities and exercises throughout the book.
For example, there is a page that talks about feelings and how we don't always want to talk about them. It lists many different scenarios like "I like baby animals" "I feel sad" "I feel silly" and asks for your child to check off ones that they have felt. This can be a release for your child to encounter those feelings and also open up dialogue with your child about those feelings. If your child checks off "I feel sad", that's your opportunity to ask them about it and help even further in building their self-asteem.
The Mouse, the Monster, and Me:
Ages 8 and up
Retail Price: $12.95
This book addresses assertiveness, using a mouse and a monster as a visual for behavior traits. Also promoting self-esteem, it teaches assertiveness and gives the child a chance to participate in fun activities and exercises throughout the book. This book also helps talk about the feelings that go along with being a mouse and letting people boss you around and being a monster by yelling at everyone with demands.
The book is great at helping the reader determine where they are in that spectrum and ways that they can avoid those behaviors. I absolutely loved this book!
My daughter is 8 years old, so fits right in for the age range of both of these books. I've had her read through them and will be going back over the books with her periodically, just to keep an open dialogue with her about her feelings and where she sees herself. She tends to take on the "monster" category more often than not and I hope that both these books will help her to recognize that and allow her to make better choices with how she deals with those feelings.
I absolutely recommend both of these books!
You can find them online at Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I was provided sample books for review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions here are my own.