We all want to raise kids with a strong sense of self-esteem. We want them to be able to hold their heads high when they have trouble in school, when they don’t make the team, when they are left out, or when truly difficult things happen. We want them to know their worth isn’t based on their performance, their appearance, or a score.
We want them to grow up into teenagers who can give a strong “no, I won’t go there and I won’t do that” when needed, because they know they aren’t defined by what someone thinks of them. We want them to grow into strong and kind adults who don’t spend a lifetime comparing themselves to others, because they’re sure of their own path and God’s good plans for them.
Here are eighteen books I’ve used over the years when talking with young clients about self-esteem. Books are a deep love of mine and I love to use them in therapy, where I consistently see stories lead to good conversations. I hope this collection is helpful to you in talking with your kids about deeply important topics like confidence, self-worth, and purpose. While you’re at it, I hope you remember that the things you’re teaching your kids are all true for you too:)
*A few of these books are faith based, because I believe these truest self-esteem will always come from knowing God made you on purpose, for a purpose that no one else can fulfill the way you can. You look through these and see what’s right for your family.
**If you aren’t a parent, but you’re a person who loves a child in any capacity, these books are for you too. You are so very needed and valued.
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