Our Review of the Happy Confident Me Journal for Children
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Providing children with tools to develop positive daily habits is essential for good mental wellbeing.
We’re now at the point of children being isolated from their friends, extended families and social lives due to the Corona Virus.
This can have an impact on their mental health (and parents too), so taking steps to minimise this is vital.
Being able to review a journal for children couldn’t have come at a better time for my son and I, who’ve been self-isolated for five days so far.
The Happy Confident Me Journal* has been written by experienced psychotherapist Annabel Rosenhead, and parenting coach Nadim Saad, both of whom are also parents. They consulted with children aged 7-13 to create a child-friendly journal.
The journal was inspired after Saad’s 8-year-old daughter told him she hated herself. He said “It came as a shock and moved me to ensure that all children are able to feel happy and confident in their own skin.
I realised the need for children to grasp how their thoughts affect their feelings and behaviour. I worked with experienced therapists and teachers to create journals that blend cognitive behavioural therapy with techniques adapted to children to nurture their emotional resilience, growth and mindfulness.”
This book is the first in a series of journals that will be released, and is the starter journal for children aged 7 upwards. The Happy Confident Super Me version will be released soon and is aimed at children who have completed the starter journal and are ready for more detailed journal-writing.
Our Thoughts of the Journal So Far
We are day five into isolation and my son has completed journal entries daily. He was initially reluctant, but when he saw how little he has to do this changed.
The journal is well designed, with bright, bold colours and easy to understand language. It begins with a simple, fun explanation about what journaling can do for mental health. It uses a bee and their story to describe this, which works great.
The daily entries take less than five minutes to complete, and there’s opportunity to complete weekly activity pages and doodle sections.
The pages also include some positive, inspirational quotes that my 8-year-old has enjoyed reading to me, to ‘teach mum how to be more positive too’.I look forward to seeing if this helps my son to be more self-aware and verbalise his emotions more.
If your children journal, please let me know how they get on, and what progress you notice in them!
We were gifted the journal, so I decided to write this review. All opinions are honest and my own. No payment was received.
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