Do you need a WHY? YES—of course you do! And so does every kid. Why should we wait until we’re adults to discover what we’re passionate about in life? I believe it is vital to develop the strengths, passions, and interests of every child. By doing so, we not only;
*support emotional intelligence
*social and emotional development
It is really simple. When people follow their passions, live a life of purpose, and practise gratitude, they focus on their goals and strengthen their impact. Can you imagine how amazing it would be if we were all able to focus on living the life of our dreams from a deeply centred purpose? My guess is that the world would be filled with more gratitude and love and that every person would know their strengths and be connected to their passions.
Everywhere we look our education systems are focusing on the highest marks, the biggest paycheque, and are failing to teach our next generation about self-love, compassion, gratitude, and empathy. Clearly, this just isn’t going to cut it!
As adults, we CRAVE the skills that help make coping with life’s ups and downs a little easier, so, what if we could equip our children with the knowledge to be more resilient, confident, and grateful?
When you know your children’s strengths then you also learn what makes them tick, how they think, and how they respond. This same information is equally as important for teachers to know. Although you personally may struggle with mathematics and logic, you might excel in English and speaking and writing— so why not use the principles of speaking and reading and writing and apply that understanding to mathematics?
Not only will this make your, and your children’s, learning that much easier, but also more enjoyable.
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This book has five parts and will take you on a journey of self-discovery, teach you how to appreciate your surroundings, learn from hardships, focus on the positive, and find activities to help you jump right into your passion project.
Chapter 1: All about me
Chapter 2: All about others
Chapter 3: The rainbows
Chapter 4: The lessons
Chapter 5: The road map
During my teaching years I noticed there was a vitally important piece missing in our children’s education. Lessons surrounding social and emotional wellbeing, and the development of coping strategies needed for a healthy and happy life, were largely absent. When I started to teach these principles alongside the standard curriculum I began to notice a big change in my students. They
loved coming to school, they were less anxious, and we hardly ever had any behavioural issues.
When you know your children’s strengths then you also learn what makes them tick, how they
think, and how they respond.
The aim of this book is to help every child nurture their social and emotional wellbeing and ignite their entrepreneurial
mind for the future of our planet and humankind.
It is for ages 3 - 15 years. Ages 3-8 years will be guided by parents and 8-15 years can be self directed. But I am guessing most adults will love to learn a lot of these strategies for their personal development.
It is a self development book, packed with practical information, activities and templates with a journal feel to it, all rolled into one! You can use your happy book however you feel it works best for you. You can draw, doodle, paste pictures, colour—whatever! This is your book and it is all about you. Keep it close to you, schedule time to work on it, and remember to go back and read it to see how far you’ve come and remember all of the wonderful things about you.
I hope you realise how AMAZING you are and that the world needs you.
“Jo. An inspirational woman. All her hard work, determination and passion for what she loves honestly pays off and I have never met someone who has helped me in life’s obstacles and in end achieve winning results, every time....Traffic lights work, meditation works, keep it all coming....Thanks for being you. Keep up the outstanding work”
“I am so excited about this book, I'm a paediatric physiotherapist and I've always loved and applied Jo's educational advices. The best guides for happy kids”
“Jo has really taught me and shown me practical ways of instilling gratefulness in my kids. That Despite situations or circumstances we have so much to be grateful for and that it isn’t all in material possessions. Jo is an amazing educator, offering practical tips and examples of how to do this, for us we were inspired to create gratitude books with our kids that they can write, or draw things that mean something to them something that prompts them to be grateful and being in a mindset of thanks is teaching my children we truely have so much and just having the freedom and air we breath is something to be truely grateful for. I’ve definitely noticed in my children they are more aware of being grateful and kind to their friends and family. Thankyou jo for giving me tools and applications to teach myself and my family.”
“Jo is exceptional at what she does. She helped me come up with a reward system for my children at home. The kids loved helping me draw up the traffic lights and think of items they would not be allowed to play with if in the red zone. I’m so thankful for Jo’s professional guidance and advice. Thanks Jo! My kids behaviour really improved!”
I had the absolute pleasure to collaborate with Microsoft on my book. The Surface allowed me to bring my book to life. Microsoft believed in me and My Happy Book and supported it with the Surface Creator's Fund.
I was given the creative freedom to bring my dream to life with the support of Microsoft. The surface not only allowed me to finish and create the book but it now plays as an extension to the book and provides so many more learning opportunities to bring the activities to a different dimension.
Microsoft filmed my journey and I love partnering with them. A brand of integrity and quality which supports creatives - just like My Happy Book!
The Traffic Lights is a behaviour management resource. It concentrates on positive motivation. When consequences and expectations are clear for children, they feel safe and their wellbeing is supported. So less tantrums! Traffic lights feature in MY HAPPY BOOK. This is a free download which will be emailed to you. If you love it, make sure you come back and purchase the book!
The Fear Ladder is a resource to help with anxiety of certain fears in children. It concentrates on positive motivation. They walk towards overcoming their fear with you right by their side. The Fear Ladder features in MY HAPPY BOOK. This is a free download which will be emailed to you. If you love it, make sure you come back and purchase the book!
How to nurture your child's strength and development.
Have a read of this blog I wrote which will give you a little snippet of MY HAPPY BOOK. If you like what you read and want more, head back and purchase my a copy of the book!
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