Mighty Girl Book Pick Of The Week

February 19, 2018

Confidence code for girls book

A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: “The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self.”

Girls today are achieving like never before, but many are still consumed by self-doubt on the inside. Especially during the tween and teen years, girls are filled with worries about everything from how they look to why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades” to what others think about them — and all these worries are holding girls back taking risks and challenging themselves. But if they can crack the confidence code, they can learn how to set those worries aside and focus their energy on what’s really important: confidently pursuing their dreams and embracing their authentic selves!

In this timely new release, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, the authors of the best-selling “The Confidence Code” for adult women, draw on the latest research to help tweens understand why doubt can be so insidious and how to short-circuit the thoughts that drain your confidence and hold you back. Graphic novel strips and humorous illustrations throughout help draw girls into the book, while lists, quizzes, and stories from real-life girls help readers understand how to embrace risk (and failure), overcome anxieties, and be happy in their own skins. By learning these skills in the tween years, girls will feel empowered and brave enough to take on anything! Highly recommended for ages 8 to 12.

“The Confidence Code for Girls” is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-confidence-code-for-girls

For adult women, we also recommend the original edition, “The Confidence Code,” at https://amzn.to/2H5KsVW

For two excellent guides for teens on this topic, check out “Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens” ) and “The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens” (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-self-esteem-workbook-for-teens)

the For more confidence-building books to help Mighty Girls of all ages discover her inner strength, visit our “Self-Confidence” book section at http://amgrl.co/2qxXQhH

Making Caring Count Project for Children

February 18, 2018


Building Self Esteem in Children

February 17, 2018

A positive self esteem is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.

Here are 25 phases that you can use to increase confidence and self-esteem in your children: and

1. “You are capable.”
As a parent, our words become the internal language in the minds of our children. We know that our kids are capable of so much—let your words match this belief. Avoid saying things like, “You are going to hurt yourself” or “Don’t fall.” Our tone and language should communicate confidence.

2. “That was brave.”
Sometimes we need to notice things aloud. That means to let them know when we see them being brave. When we notice our kids being brave, they start to notice too.

3. “You’ve got this.”
You know that they have the skills and means necessary and your vote of confidence will give them that extra boost they need to succeed.

4. “I believe in you.”
As the parent, you have faith in your child’s ability. When you openly communicate that faith in them it will inspire it within themselves.

5. “You can do hard things.”
When the going gets tough the obstacles can seem insurmountable. So this direct phrase will tell them exactly what they need to hear—acknowledgment that this is hard work and that they are capable

6. No matter what happens, I love you.”
Our children need to hear words that communicate unconditional love. That means providing reassurance of our love—regardless of the outcome.

7. “Let’s try it together.”
Sometimes we all need a helping hand and be sure they know that you will be that hand when they need it.

8. “How’d you do that?”
Ask questions. When you see them do something hard, say, “How did you manage that? How can you do it again?”

9. “That sounds awesome, can you tell me more?” Take it one step further than just noticing their effort—ask them to elaborate. Then hear the the pride in their voice when they explain.

10. “How can I help?”
When they get really stuck, don’t be afraid to offer your support. Let them know that the offer to help is on the table.

11. “Give it your best.”
We will never win it all, do it all, or be it all. But we can give it our best. Let’s teach our kids this lesson.

12. “I know it’s hard, but I have seen you do it before.”
It can seem overwhelming, but let’s give them evidence of when they have been successful before. This will instill the confidence that they can do it again.

13. “You are enough.”
It doesn’t matter what the outcome—they need to know they are enough just the way they are.

14. “You make me proud.”
Straight and to the point—you can never tell your child this enough.

15. “Even when we get frustrated, we still love each other.”
Feelings like frustration, anger and hopelessness are all common human emotions. And despite these big feelings we will stand by the side of our children with unconditional love.

16. “I wonder what would happen if…”
Try to evoke curiosity and a new way of thinking by wondering about the possibilities.

17. “Do you know what grit means?”
Kids love learning new words. Teach them about grit, resilience and perseverance to help them reach towards these goals.

18. “Want to hear a story?”
Share stories with your kids. Tell them about times when you overcame obstacles, met your goals, and reached for the stars.

19. “Do you want to try something crazy?”
Challenge your children with things they think are beyond reach (even if it sounds a little crazy). They might surprise you and themselves.

20. “Sometimes new things can seem scary, but they can be exciting.”
Young children tend to cling toward people and environments that are familiar. But if we emphasize how exciting and joyful that new experiences can be, we can encourage the confidence to venture out of the comfort zone.

21. “I know you tried your hardest and I am proud of that effort.”
When we see them working hard and giving it their all, we can recognize this effort. After all, life is about the journey, not the destination.


22. “It looks like you are curious about this, let’s take a deeper look.”
Encourage curiosity and exploration in children of all ages. As a result, they will be more likely to seek out new information and experiences with confidence.

23. “Sometimes we make mistakes, and that is how we learn.”
The path to growing up is filled with stumbling blocks and learning experiences. When we parent without shame, we help our children to use these mistakes as learning experiences.

24. “How did you challenge yourself today?”
Start the conversation about growing, changing and taking risks. With each challenge and accomplishment, the sense of self-esteem will grow.

25. “Repeat after me, ‘I can do it.’”


Claudette Coleman :Twice Toward Justice

February 14, 2018

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.

Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

For more stories about girls and women involved in the Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on the Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History.

Grief at School – Training Curriculum

February 9, 2018

American Hospice Foundation created a model Grief at School training curriculum that has been used by more than 3,500 schools and was endorsed by the national associations of school counselors, school psychologists and social workers. As part of their community service mission, many hospices have used this curriculum to train school staff to address the needs of grieving students and discuss grief and loss in the classroom.

Failure to address the needs of grieving children can have short-term effects on their school performance and serious consequences later in life. Schools can play a vital role in helping their pupils come to terms with losses and preparing them for life’s inevitable tragedies. Teachers, counselors, and other school personnel have considerable influence in the lives of students, especially for those for whom school assumes the importance of family. Children often look to their teachers and counselors when they need help in overcoming problems that are difficult to discuss at home.

By introducing classroom lessons about grief and loss, and responding appropriately when a child has suffered a loss, school personnel can encourage open discussions and enable students to develop healthy coping skills.

We hope you find these materials useful. They are all free and can be reproduced and shared.

Grief at School Training Video

In this 35-minute video, renowned author and trainer Helen Fitzgerald leads a children’s grief group and demonstrates how to introduce therapeutic activities in the classroom using stories, games, writing, and art. Ms. Fitzgerald is a certified thanatologist with more than 35 years of experience in designing and implementing grief programs for children.



Grief at School: A Guide for School Personnel
Grief at School: A Self-Study Toolkit for School-Based Professionals