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Being Me (and Loving It)

Being Me (and Loving It)

Naomi Richards | Julia Hague



With 29 real life and relatable stories at its heart, this practical resource is designed to help build self-esteem and body confidence in children aged 5-11. Each story is the focus of a ready-to-use lesson plan, covering common issues that affect children such as a lack of body confidence, feeling pressured by peers and worries about puberty. The stories are preceded by guidance on how to introduce the topic and the learning outcomes, and they are followed by a range of activities to reinforce the messages being taught. The stories can either be read aloud to a class or group or photocopied and shared for individual reading.

Perfect for use in PSHE lessons with groups of children, or in one-to-one settings in the therapy room or at home, this book is a useful resource for PSHE co-ordinators, teachers, school counsellors, pastoral care teams, youth workers as well as parents.

A treasure trove of stories for opening up discussions with 5 to 11 year olds about a wide range of issues which may be troubling them. These accessibly short stories about kids "just like me" are a great resource for teachers and parents alike and are enhanced by guidance notes and questions for exploration for supporting adults. I'll be keeping my copy close to hand and sharing it widely.
Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Child & Adolescent Mental health Specialist and Advisor to the PSHE Association

Naomi Richards is known as The Kids Coach and was the first life coach for children in the UK. As well as coaching internationally, Naomi runs tailor-made workshops for children in schools, writes about the world of children and parenting in the press and is a motivational speaker for children. She has been recognised as a Remarkable Woman, a female entrepreneur who is leading the way in her chosen career path, an initiative backed by Nokia, and she has a range of products to help boost children's self-esteem. Naomi is also the author of The Parent's Toolkit, Random House, and lives in London, UK.

Julia Hague has a wealth of experience in the environment of Primary and Secondary education given her 16 years working within the administration of a private girls' school in London. A writer from a young age, Julia's passion is in showing parents and teachers how they can instil healthy self-esteem and body image in children and help them to understand friendship issues and bullying from the very start. Julia lives in Cornwall, UK.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Being Me (and Loving It) - Stories and activities to help build self-esteem, confidence, body image and resilience in children by Naomi Richards and Julia Hague 2
About the Authors 10
Introduction for Educators 12
Part 1: \nBody Image 14
Story One - Stickie Out Tummy 15
Story Two - A Short Story 21
Story Three - Head in the Clouds 27
Story Four - Butterflies, Balloons and Me 35
Story Five - Being Pretty is Everything…I Think 42
Story Six - Chameleons and Stick Insects 50
Part 2\n: Puberty 58
Story Seven - PE Blues 59
Story Eight - Changes 66
Part 3: \nSelf-esteem and \nSelf-worth 74
Story Nine - I’m Not Like Her… or Her… or Her, so I Don’t Like Me 75
Story Ten - Talent Show 83
Story Eleven - Tongue-Tied and…Scared 89
Story Twelve - I Know I Can’t so I Won’t 98
Part 4: \nPeer Pressure 106
Story Thirteen - Boy Talk 107
Story Fourteen - Under Pressure 114
Part 5: \nBeing Unique 122
Story Fifteen - Wish Upon a Star 123
Story Sixteen - Style Statement 131
Story Seventeen - Just Me 137
Story Eighteen - Make a Stand 144
Part 6: \nFriendship 152
Story Nineteen - BFFs – Where’s Mine? 153
Story Twenty - Please Let it be Me…Please Let it be Me… 160
Story Twenty-one - Tribes 167
Story Twenty-two - Odd One Out 175
Part 7: \nBullying 182
Story Twenty-three - Sticks and Stones 183
Story Twenty-four - Chinese Whispers 192
Story Twenty-five - Connecting 199
Story Twenty-six - Safety Net 207
Part 8\n: Fitting In 214
Story Twenty-seven - The Numbers Game 215
Story Twenty-eight - After You 222
Story Twenty-nine - Figuring it Out 229