Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
By Jessica Hische
Publisher: Penguin Worshop
40 pages, Hardcover
$12.75 on Amazon
Just out this week is the book Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische. Hische is an San Francisco based designer and typographer who has created a beautiful picture book filled with her gorgeous lettering and imagery. It touches upon positive words for kids that helps kids grow into strong little people. From Adventurous, Strong, Smart, Curious, Creative, Confident and Brave – I love the beautiful message it gives to empower young kids.
On today's blog tour stop, it's all about Confidence. It' something that I have seen my daughter go through in the (almost) 10 years of her life. When I think about how shy she was as a toddler in preschool and never wanted to speak in front of the class to her having one of the lead roles in a school play last school year, I'm blown away with how kids grow up. I'm all about the baby steps and making them feel like they accomplished something.
How Kids Can Be Confident
1. Support: Help Them Face Their Fears
Most of the time kids are scared and sometimes even just sharing a story about when you were scared at their age helps them. My daughter was so afraid of getting into the ocean and swimming pool when she was a toddler. We took baby steps and got her swim lessons. Now she swims like a fish and jumps into the pool with such confidence. It takes time so just be patient!
2. Playing Sports/Physical Activities
I'm a huge believer that sports can help build confidence in kids. I didn't do sports as a child till middle school. Between Chloe swimming and her tennis which she started at age 4, I can see now how these sports have helped her gain so much more confidence in training from mental skills to physical skills as well. She's stronger, ready to improve herself, and enjoys competition too. Dance and martial arts fall in this category too. I think they just teach kids a physical and mental discipline that they can take into their daily life.
3.Let Them Fail
Trust me, as a mom, I know that things don't always go the way you planned. I always found I learned more by failing at something, than succeeding at it right away. From failing, I always found ways to improve for the next time around. I know in this age of digital media where everyone seems light years faster or smarter, it's so much more important that kids learn to fail at a young age. This way when they are older, they know that things don't always come easy. Everything takes work, sometimes needing harder work than usual.
4. Give Them Positive Encouragement
"You can do it!" Focus on the positive development and don't dwell on your child's flaws. No one is perfect. Always help them look on the bright side of things.
Nothing happens overnight and just let your child know that you love them no matter what. It seems simple, but they need to hear it sometimes, especially when they are lacking confidence in themselves at achieving something.
Visit the rest of the blogs on the Tomorrow I'll Be Brave Blog Tour
October 15 – KidsR.Us – Moodboard
October 16 – A Peace of Mind – Ways to practice being strong
October 17 – My Book Bloom – Street Smarts Crafts
October 18 – Picture Book Playdate – Creative Instagram Picture
October 19 – Read. Learn. Repeat. – Listicle
October 20 – Coquette Maman – Listicle
October 21 – Here Wee Read – Learning Activity
Review book provided by Penguin