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Resources – Self-Esteem

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

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General Information for Parents, Teens and Kids

40 jeux de relaxation pour les enfants de 5 à 12 ans: méthode rejoue / Nadeau, Micheline -- Outremont, QC: Les Éditions Quebecor, 2001.
Grâce au jeu, vous pourrez faire connaître aux enfants tous les effets bienfaisants de la relaxation, comme le calme, la facilité de concentration, le sentiment de sécurité, la confiance en soi et le goût de vivre.
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101 ways to help your daughter love her body / Richardson, Brenda Lane -- New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
This book will provide parents with practical ideas tailored to girls from birth through the teenage years. These initiatives inform parents and encourage them to take active roles in helping their daughters develop confidence, treat their bodies with love and respect, and make peace with their unique builds so that they can revel in a sense of femaleness and physical competence.
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ABC I like me! / Carlson, Nancy L. -- New York: Viking, 1997.
This book follows a cheerful pig and his merry companions as they learn to feel good about themselves, and they introduce the alphabet with the help of some colourful illustrations adorned with large letter blocks.
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The body image workbook for teens: activities to help girls develop a healthy body image in an image-obsessed world / Taylor, Julia V. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2014.
In this workbook the reader will find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. They will also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.
FAM BF 723 .S3 T29 2014

Brave new girls: creative ideas to help girls be confident, healthy & happy / Gadeberg, Jeanette -- Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 1997. 
The purpose of this hands-on, straight-talking guide is to help girls deal with the challenges of growing up. It includes information on family relationships, friendships, peer pressure, body image, money management, sexual harassment and more.
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Building self-esteem in children and teens who are adopted or fostered / Cornbluth, Sue. -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
This book offers simple advice to those supporting adopted or fostered children ages 7 and up, and explains why these children can often experience self-esteem issues, and the impact it can have on their lives. The book provides everyday strategies to help the child move beyond their trauma and develop healthy self-esteem.
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Développez l’estime de soi de votre enfant / Pickhardt, Carl -- Montréal: Éditions de l’Homme, 2001. 
Dans cet ouvrage, l'auteur nous invite à devenir de véritables mentors pour les jeunes en leur apprenant très tôt à renforcer leur caractère, à faire face au stress et à la compétition, à résoudre les conflits de même qu'à développer leurs compétences et leur créativité. Il traite également avec objectivité des principaux facteurs pouvant endommager, voire détruire l'estime de soi : les préjugés, la discrimination, la cruauté, la dépression, l'assuétude aux drogues.
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Don't behave like you live in a cave / Verdick, Elizabeth; Steve Mark. -- Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Pub, 2010.
Explains how children can make smarter, more positive choices about how they behave at home and at school and, as a result, stay out of trouble, feel good about themselves, and get along better with family, friends, and teachers.
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Don’t feed the monster on Tuesdays! the children’s self-esteem book / Moser, Adolph J -- Kansas City: Landmark Editions, 1991. 
Helps children understand the importance of self-worth and how to strengthen self-esteem. Appropriate for ages 5-10 years
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L’estime de soi de nos adolescents: guide pratique à l’intention des parents -- Montréal: Hôpital Sainte-Justine, 1995. 
Dans cette livre, l'auteur discute comment faire vivre un sentiment de confiance aux jeunes, comment les aider à se connaître, comment leur apprendre à coopérer et, enfin, comment les guider dans la découverte de stratégies qui mènent au succès.  
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Girl talk: staying strong, feeling good, sticking together / Harlan, Debbie -- New York: Walker & Co., 1997.
This book is about the joys of being a girl and lifting ones confidence and self-esteem. Appropriate for ages 12-17 years
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Howard B. Labougeotte écoute son cœur / Binkow, Howard; Cornelison, Susan F. (ill.); Clermont, Marie-Andree (trad.). -- Toronto: Editions Scolastic, 2013.
De`s qu'il a les aidées noires, Howard B. Labougeotte se met à` danser et voit tous ses soucis s'envoler. Or, parce que ses copains se moquent de lui et qu'il souhaite avoir l'air cool, il décide d'abandonner complétement cette activité´ et de se mettre au chant et au basketball. Malheureusement, il est beaucoup moins doué´ dans ces loisirs pour lesquels il n'éprouve d'ailleurs aucune passion.
FAM BF 723 .S3 B56 2013

Howard B. Wigglebottom listens to his heart / Binkow, Howard; Cornelison, Susan F. (ill.).: Thunderbolt Publishing, 2009.
When the children at school laugh at him, Howard the rabbit decides to stop dancing even though he loves it, until he realizes his dancing is what makes him unique.
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I can do that: a book about confidence / Gutelle, Andrew -- Alexandria, VA: Time-Life, 1996.  
Loonette fears that she can't do anything right until Molly reminds her of a special talent that is all her own. Appropriate for ages 3-6 years.
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The introvert advantage: how to thrive in an extrovert world / Laney, Martin Olsen -- New York: Workman Publishing, 2002.  
This book shows how to not just survive, but thrive, how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.
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Making every day count: daily readings for young people on solving problems, setting goals and feeling good about yourself / Espeland, Pamela -- Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1998. 
Presents 366 quotations, advice, and affirmations to help readers face challenges, plan for the future, and appreciate their unique and wonderful qualities.
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Real gorgeous: the truth about body and beauty / Cooke, Kaz -- New York: W. W. Norton, 1996. 
Combines no-nonsense information with humorous cartoons to dissect the myths and lies about cosmetics, health and self-esteem. It reveals the facts about fashion fibs and diet fads, and the truth behind the great cellulite scam.
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The relaxation & stress reduction workbook for kids: help for children to cope with stress, anxiety & transitions / Shapiro, Lawrence E.; Sprague, Robin K. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2009. 
Offers parents a variety of techniques they can use to help their children relax, unwind, and deal constructively with common stressors such as divorce, loss of a loved one, a family move, starting at a new school, and more.
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The right moves: a girl’s guide to getting fit and feeling good / Schwager, Tina -- Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press, 1998. 
This is a self-help book for teens on health, self-esteem, fitness, and nutrition. Appropriate for ages 13-17 years
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The self-esteem workbook for teens: activities to help you build confidence and achieve your goals / Schab, Lisa M. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2013.
Helps you develop a healthy, realistic view of yourself that includes honest assessments of your weaknesses and strengths, and learn to respect yourself, faults and all. This book shows you how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem.
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The survival guide for making and being friends / Crist, James J. -- Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2014.
This book helps children improve their social skills so they can better enjoy the benefits of friendship. Practical advice covers everything from breaking the ice to developing friendships to overcoming problems.
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Surviving girlhood: building positive relationships, attitudes, and self-esteem to prevent teenage girl bullying / Giant, Nikki; Beddoe, Rachel. -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
Teenage girls can be mean. Often stemming from poor self-awareness, self-esteem and lack of relationship skills, complex friendship dynamics can be difficult to unravel and bullying can be hard to resolve. This book provides a unique resource for preventing girl bullying by addressing the root causes and helping girls to be strong, positive individuals.
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The teenage guy’s survival guide / Daldry, Jeremy -- Boston: Little, Brown, 1999.          
This book tackles issues that adolescent boys face each day--from asking a girl out on a date to truths and myths about boys' "rites of passage".  
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Tibby tried it / Useman, Sharon -- Washington, DC: Magination Press, 1999.
Tibby the tree swallow cannot fly because he has a crooked wing, but the other animals teach him skills that come in handy when a baby robin falls from its nest.     
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Understanding the causes of a negative body image / Moe, Barbara -- New York: Hazelden/Rosen, 1999. 
Discusses positive and negative body image, with an emphasis on body size and weight, and suggests ways to improve self-esteem and develop a healthy body image.
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When girls feel fat: helping girls through adolescence / Friedman, Sandra Susan -- Toronto: HarperCollins, 2001. 
This book offers practical ways for parents and mentors to guide girls through adolescence into healthy, confident women and provides empathetic, clear and proven strategies to deal with many issues.
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Web Sites

Kids Health – Information for Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

Children and Self-Esteem - The Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta South

Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse J’écoute

How to Foster your Child’s Self Esteem – Caring for Kids / Comment favoriser une bonne estime de soi chez votre enfant / soins de nos enfants

How to Build Healthy Self-Esteem in Children – Scholastic

Growth and Development: Helping Your Child Build Self-Esteem - My Health Alberta

Ways to Build Your Teenager’s Self-Esteem – Healthy Children

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Self-Esteem, Friendships + Social Skills: What You Need to Know About Helping Your Child – CHEOvideos (6 Parts)


MindMasters 2
● Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
● Free / gratuit
● English, French / anglais et français
● Last updated Feb 2016 / Mis-à-jour 2016 février
● The MindMasters 2 app helps to teach children about stress control, positive thinking and mindfulness through a series of fun and interactive activities.  This app is designed for parents, educators and other to use with children ages 4-9 years.  A guidebook detailing instructions, discussion questions and more can be found online at / Le MindMasters 2 app aide à enseigner aux enfants sur le contrôle du stress, la pensée positive et la pleine conscience à travers une série d'activités amusantes et interactives.  Cette application est conçue pour les parents, les éducateurs et les autres à utiliser avec les enfants âgés de 4-9 ans.  Un guide détaillant les instructions, les questions de discussion et plus peuvent être consultés en ligne à
● Available from / Disponible depuis iTunes

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