About the book

What Children need to be Happy, Confident and Successful: Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish

By Jeni Hooper Child Psychologist and Wellbeing Coach published by Jessica Kingsley in March 2012

Why do some children flourish while others never quite fulfill their potential? Are good genes the answer or is it down to choosing the right school or providing perfect parenting?

What Children need to be Happy, Confident and Successful introduces you to the 5 key areas of psychological wellbeing and explains how to make using these skills part of a child’s daily routine.

The book describes the Flourishing Programme which was developed by the author from leading edge research in positive psychology. You will find a step by step guide to boosting the 5 core areas of wellbeing:

  • Personal strengths and abilities,
  • Emotional wellbeing,
  • Positive communication,
  • Learning strengths
  • Resilience.

Starting with the First Steps to Flourishing Questionnaire you can identify a child’s current wellbeing and high light areas of need.

A child’s wellbeing can be nurtured as naturally as you might plan a healthy diet. Find out how to help children grow confident, feel happier and achieve personal success and satisfaction in both work and play.  A child’s current circumstances need not be their destiny.

In the book we meet a number of children who needed help to flourish and who are now doing well.

Happier children are healthier, less stressed, enjoy both work and play more and have more satisfying relationships. Both parents and professionals gain confidence in having a clear path to follow and seeing results.


‘A real achievement. Jeni Hooper has taken the evidence base of positive psychology and turned it into easy-to-use tools to help children to flourish. The book has everything you need to encourage children to develop their individual strengths and realise their potential.’ Miriam Akhtar, positive psychologist, coach, trainer & visiting lecturer.

Miriam Akhtar MAPP Positive Psychologist, Coach, Trainer & Author


‘It is easy to see why so many of the hundreds of books on how to bring up a child seem to be focused on the challenges and difficulties of this task: the avoidance and management of problems is rightly high on any parenting priority list. However,Jeni Hooperreminds us that there is also another equally important component of good parenting -helping children and young people to achieve appropriately high levels of personal and social welbeing and fulfillment- and she informs us how to achieve this in a most enticing way in her parent-friendly book’.

Essential reading for parents and carers, teachers… and grandparents!

Dr Sean Cameron, Educational and Child Psychologist and Co-director of the Pillars of Parenting Social Enterprise.


Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish – by Jeni Hooper, Child Psychologist and Parent Coach Jeni  Hooper’s message and methods will fill anxious caregivers with hope. She lets you know in her first pages that the real and lasting difference in the wellbeing of your child now and for the future is in your hands but her practical guide book brimming with effective, simple suggestions reassures you and shows you the way. She says every adult has the tools to help a child achieve psychological wellbeing.  Her ideas are simple; require no material, equipment, or money.  Your time, your common sense and your love for your child will make following her suggestions possible. 

from Top 20 Parenting Books by Special Needs Review


6 Responses to About the book

  1. How do I order THE book?

    • hooperj says:

      Hi Louise, thanks for your interest.

      The book is available from a range of on line bookshops under the title “What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful: Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish. Author Jeni Hooper Published by Jessica Kingsley 2012 ISBN 978 1 84905 239 9

  2. Judah says:

    Sounds like an awesome book! I’m going to order a copy.

  3. I was privileged to review this book for BASW and loved it! I recommend parents and professionals that work with young people should definitely get a copy.

    • hooperj says:

      Thank you so much Rachel, you have made my day. As an Educational Psychologist I have always worked closely with Social Workers and have the greatest respect for your difficult role in child protection. I believe that supporting children with optimism allows us to look beyond the current crisis and keep a clear picture in mind of what each child needs to blossom. If the book can contribute to that in some small way then I am happy.

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