Helping children to find their unique potential and to flourish.

It is awe inspiring that each and every one of us is different. We arrive in the world as unique individuals with our own unique potential waiting to be unfolded.  Children are not blank slates but their personality is there ready to react to what they find.  As natural explorers and scientists,  your child’s energy and desire to understand the world is irrepressible.  Small children’s play is a purposeful attempt to test out and judge how things work.  In each chapter of What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful we examine how a child’s strengths and natural abilities can be supported to reach their potential.

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The capacity to think for ourselves,  sets humans apart from other creatures, but does not make life easy for parents.  The price we have to pay for this potential is the slow unfolding of development across almost two decades.  Your child is born with the capacity to adapt to any culture, learn any of the world’s 1000 languages and build an impressive set of skills through experience and education.  We are not only born different but become more so through the experiences we have in life.

We explore 5 core skills which together create psychological wellbeing.

  • personal strengths which are a child’s chosen interests
  • emotional wellbeing
  • learning strengths
  • positive communication
  • resilience

This book brings you information based on scientific evidence that will oover the 20 plus years Flourishing unfold in the first across thin dealing with the reality of you so that the at two levels

  • we  identify the essential skills that all children need to acquire to to create a satisfying life. These skills are the toolkit your child needs to help them realise their dreams and fulfil their potential
  • To provide a framework to examine and understand your child’s unique skills and abilities.

You may also have recognised It will be years before she can make independent decisions. However she doesn’t know that, and much of her childhood will be spent with her trying to test outr and judge how things work. This is the essential challenge for parents, children are not passive beings born to follow like the chicken follows and imitates his mother the moment he emerges from the egg. .   you supporting her and her trying to do her own thing. Flourishing has been written to share with you the scientific evidence of what your child needs to grow up happy and confident with the skills and desire to fulfil her potential.  is a booThe paradox of being human is that we don’wSo if I told you that your child was a blank slate ready for you to impress your own desires upon the surface what However their skills and For any baby who enters the world today, it will be years before she can make informed, independent decisions. As a parent you tread a tightrope, balancing the roles of guide and protector to keep your child safe while avoiding squashing their curiosity until they are fully able to make informed decisions.

Much of what we go on to do in life is driven by our own desires and vision about what we want from life. However the skills and persistence we need to reach those goals come from the guidance and support of those close to us.

However this is a practical book which focuses on how to use that knowledge to understand your child’s needs and support your child’s development.


About hooperj

I am a child psychologist and wellbeing coach and author of What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful: Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish which is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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