We are to a large extent a product of our environment. This means what we listen to, watch and read, and who we speak to all impact on what we think and how we feel. Think about the type of people you would invite into your house, the people you want to be friends with, the people you want your children to be friends with. Are they loving, inspirational, kind, generous, warm hearted? These are the people you want around you and your children.
One way of finding these people is in choosing carefully what we read. Children's books are a wonderful source of positive thinking, of overcoming challenges, living with differences, friendship and emotional management. It can be harder as our children get older to find fiction that fits this criteria. But there are still some wonderful young adult and adult books out there. As part of the Positive Young Minds community I invite you to share some of your favourite books.
Anyone and any age can contribute. Your book suggestion will include the following: title, author, rating out of five for enjoyment, brief plot synopsis. Criteria - the book must reflect positive values. It may have a character who is inspiring, or a plot that promotes gratitude, friendship, love; it may make you laugh. Post your reviews below. I will later upload these to a separate website page. If you wish to contribute but be anonymous you can email me your review on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giraffes Can't Dance.
This is one of my favourite books. Everytime I read it it moves me. Gerald discovers that is Ok to be different, in fact it is joyous to be different. A wonderful story to read to children primary school aged and below. And for children who may be reluctant readers. I give it a 5/5
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy..
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.