501 Ways to Boost Your Child`s Self-Esteem
Give your child the gift of self-esteem!

As parents, we are concerned that our children get the best of everything: education, teachers, homes, computers, clothes, friends . . . the list goes on. But what many of our kids are missing is the priceless gift of self-esteem. In 501 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem, you will learn ways to build up your child's confidence, teach your son or daughter self-respect, and show your child how to face life head on.

With easy-to-use, realistic tips divided into age-appropriate chapters, this revised edition can help you increase your child's self-esteem with lessons such as: Stress progress, not perfection, with your child Let your child decorate the door to his or her room as a way to express individuality Respect your child's privacy Give your child punishment options when appropriate ...and more!

Now you can give your child a gift that will help throughout childhood and into adulthood, thanks to the practical wisdom in 501 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem.

Author: Robert D. Ramsey, EdD
Publisher: Contemporary Books, 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 196 pages
Cool, Calm and Confident
A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Assertiveness Skills

Self-assured, assertive kids are not only less likely to be picked on by their peers, they're also less likely to bully others. But it's not always easy for children to find a healthy middle ground between passivity and aggression.

If your child is a frequent target for bullies, or has begun to tease and take advantage of other kids, the easy and effective activities in Cool, Calm, and Confident can help. These simple exercises help children stand up for themselves without coming across as aggressive, learn to be both kind and assertive, and develop self-confidence and a positive self-image. Using this workbook is an easy and effective way to instill self-esteem in both passive and aggressive children--a strength that will prove invaluable in childhood, in their teenage years, and throughout their lives.

Help children to:
  • Learn the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive behavior
  • Behave in ways that discourage teasing
  • Understand their rights and stand up for themselves
  • Stay calm and learn skills for managing anger
  • Make real and lasting friendships

Author: Lisa M. Schab, LCSW
Publisher: Instant Help Books, a division of New Harbinger Publications, 2009
Format: Book, paperback, 174 pages; CD with complete book and printable worksheets

From Here to Self-Esteem

​A Road Map for Parents of Young Children

This video teaches parents how to help young children to: listen for an answer, seek out a goal, and have confidence to speak.


Produced by: Cambridge Educational, 1996
Format: DVD, 30 minutes

Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem
The book is written for speech and language therapists working with children who have mild speech and language impairments or who stutter, but also for other professionals working with children who underachieve at school or have poor social skills. It assumes that the reader has experience of group work with children, and is at ease with the idea of image work. Although it is suggested that the book can be used with children of all ages and abilities, I would suggest it is best suited for children between the ages of six and ten.

The book is set out in three parts:
The first sets the scene with a brief account of the theoretical background that the author has drawn on. There is a short chapter of notes for facilitators, which in my view would have been improved by further practical guidance on process. Work in schools can be very different, for example, from clinical work, raising issues of criteria for group membership and behavior management. Furthermore, there is a huge difference between a didactic approach and one that encourages working with fantasy and the imagination.
The second part of the book is devoted to the instructions for self-esteem activities. They are organized in eight sections, in the form of a 'magician's treasure chest' consisting of jewels to be collected by the child as a form of affirmation (some professionals might find this model rather 'precious'). The aims for each section are clear, although not necessarily in an obvious sequence.

Each set of instructions cross refers to the activity worksheets in the third part of the book, and are generally clear and accessible. There is also scope for developing or adapting the process to suit one`s own style of group working.

The themes are familiar ones: identity, understanding emotions and friendships, developing the idea of change, accepting praise, improving listening and communication. Many of the activities incorporate writing or drawing, as well as using visualization, talk and role-play - and there are some very interesting ideas for brainstorms and extension activities. But one would need to be selective in following the program, depending on the abilities of the children and the amount of time available.

Author: Deborah Plummer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001
Format: Workbook with reproducible activities
I`m All That: Building Self Esteem
With its realistic depictions of urban teen life, its everyday situations and setting, I`m All That! Building Self-Esteem helps young people understand how their level of self-esteem affects their actions and interactions, and introduces practical strategies for building self-esteem through positive thinking, positive relationships and through taking personal responsibility.

Produced by: Sunburst Visual Media
Format: Video, 30 minutes; Teacher's Guide, 43 pages -- For Grades 7 to 12.
I`ve Got What It Takes
Basic ideas to enhance a child`s self-esteem and self-concept.

Author: Jim Fay
Publisher: The Love Logic Press, 1994
Format: Booklet, 109 pages
Parents Can Build Children`s Self-Esteem

...and Help Them Do Better in School

Teaching children to believe in themselves is one of the most important things parents can do for their children. This DVD gives parents specific things they can do to build on the strengths every child has and help them feel good about themselves in order to do better in school.


Publisher: The Parent Institute (www.parentinstitute.com), 2004
Format: DVD, 11 minutes; Video Guide 7 pages

SEALS + Plus
Self-Esteem and Life Skills: Reproducible activity-based handouts created for teachers and counselors

Recommended for use with middle school and high school students.

SEALS+ PLUS is a selection of 75 activity handouts from the original LIFE MANAGEMENT SKILLS Books I & II. They have all been adapted for use with middle school through high school-aged students. Illustrations, language and content have been focused to be age-appropriate and meet the concerns and needs of this population.

TOPICS include Anger Management, Assertion, Communication Skills, Coping Skills, Emotion Identification, Goal Setting, Health Awareness, Money Management, Problem Solving, Risk Taking, Self-Esteem/Self-Awareness, Stress Management, Support Systems, Time Management, and Values Clarification.

AUTHORS: Kathy L Korb-Khalsa, Estelle A. Leutenberg, Stacey D. Azok; Illustrated by Amy Leutenberg Brodsky; Adapted by Elaine Hyla Slea
PUBLISHER: Wellness Reproductions Publishing, LLC: A Guidance Channel Company, 1992
FORMAT: Book, spiral bound, with reproducible worksheets, 75 pages, plus Teacher's Bonus Section
Self Esteem is the Key
Offers ten practical suggestions for parents to use in building self-esteem, an important determinant of a child's future success.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, Inc., 1999
Format: DVD, 17 minutes; Your Take Home Booklet, 8 pages
Self Esteem Program
Inventories, Activities Educational Handouts

This book contains five separate modules of informal assessments and activities that will help your clients and students learn more about themselves and their self-esteem. These modules serve as an avenue for individuals to engage in self-reflection, as well as in group experiences revolving around topics of importance.

This book includes directions for easy assessment administration, scoring and interpretation. In addition, it contains group activities and educational handouts that can be used as overheads or turned into transparencies to assist facilitators who use the assessments in group sessions or in workshops.

Everything in this book is completely reproducible and can be photocopied for direct client and student use.

Authors: John J. Liptak, EdD; Kathy L. Khalsa, OTR/L; and Estelle A. Leutenberg
Publisher: Wellness Reproductions Publishing, 2002
Format: Book, spiral bound, 95 pages
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