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What Children Need to Be Happy, Confident and Successful : Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish - Jeni Hooper

What Children Need to Be Happy, Confident and Successful

Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish

Paperback Published: 1st March 2012
ISBN: 9781849052399
Number Of Pages: 176

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What makes children happy, confident and successful? How can you help a child to flourish? Their environment is important, but the real difference is in your hands - every adult has the tools to help a child achieve psychological wellbeing.

This book provides a practical model for helping children flourish and achieve their personal potential in every area of their lives. Drawing on ideas from positive psychology and child development theory, the model explores the five key areas of wellbeing: personal strengths, emotional wellbeing, positive communication, learning strengths, and resilience. Practical activities are included for each area, and a questionnaire provides an assessment to enable you to keep track of progress.

Suitable for use with children aged 3-11, this step-by-step guide is an ideal resource for professionals working with children, including counsellors, social workers, teachers, and psychotherapists, as well as parents.

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This book is insightful, and reading about parenting and children's wellbeing from a positive psychology perspective makes it very interesting, especially to anyone whose work is based upon behavioural theories and practice. -- Youth in Mind

It's obvious from the outset that Jeni Hooper really understands children and knows what they need to flourish. Her empathy radiates throughout,.. I think this is a fantastic book for parents, care-givers, and professionals working directly with children. It's full of useful advice based on Jeni Hooper's extensive personal experience of what works and what doesn't work. It is clearly written and easy to read... Whether you're thinking about using the book at home or in a work environment, you will be able to pick it up quickly and

help the children in your life become happier, more confident, and more successful.

-- Positive Psychology News Daily
Jeni Hooper's new book is essential reading for all professionals working with children including teachers, counsellors, social workers, as well as parents, and grandparents... What I especially like about Jeni Hooper's book is how the focus is always on the whole child... "How to find the right balance for effective parenting?" Read Ms Hooper's book carefully and keep it handy for future reference. -- Special Needs Book Review
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 and visiting lecturer, University of East London, UK
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 Hooper reminds 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 wellbeing and fulfilment. 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
This is an important book, one that I and many other Educational Psychologists (EPs) have already recommended highly to our colleagues... Jeni Hooper has produced a work for anyone - parents, teachers, children's professionals, etc, - who has an interest in the emotional health and well-being of children. The book is principally focused on the author's "Flourishing Programme", (which) represents a tour de force of the application of positive psychology to the whole area of children's emotional development and well-being... This book has some outstanding features... it covers so much ground, has a heavy reliance throughout on tables, lists, figures and boxes... The wisdom of this book "Changing the world, one child at a time" can be our aim and Jeni Hooper's marvelous book can certainly help us achieve that. -- Chris Chesterman, Independent EP * Debate - British Psychological Society *

Prefacep. 9
Helping children to flourishp. 9
A quick guide to the Flourishing Programmep. 10
Positive Psychology and the Flourishing Programme
What Do Children Need to Be Happy, Confident and Successful?p. 15
Building psychological wellbeingp. 15
Deciding what is importantp. 16
Facing the future with confidencep. 16
Planning for changep. 17
Boosting psychological wellbeingp. 17
The building blocks of wellbeingp. 18
Positive Psychology: Understanding the Nature of Wellbeingp. 19
Wellbeing and the Flourishing Programmep. 23
Building strengthsp. 24
Enjoying wellbeingp. 25
The child supplies the power but adults do the steeringp. 26
The importance of childhood wellbeingp. 26
Avoiding the downhill slidep. 27
Helping children to flourishp. 27
Moving forwardp. 27
Toby's Storyp. 28
An undercurrent of anxietyp. 28
Getting things right now is a preparation for the futurep. 29
The solutionp. 29
Focusing on Toby's strengthsp. 30
What had gone wrong?p. 30
Small steps, big changesp. 30
Developing Toby's core strengthsp. 30
First Steps to Flourishing Questionnairep. 32
The Flourishing Programme
Unique and Personal: Meeting a Child's Individual Needsp. 40
Finding the potential in every childp. 40
The joys and the challengesp. 41
Personal Strengths: The Inner Compass that Guides Our Choicesp. 45
Understanding personal strengthsp. 46
Identifying personal strengthsp. 50
Building and using personal strengthsp. 54
Summaryp. 64
Emotional Wellbeing: Creating a Positive Balancep. 65
Understanding emotional wellbeingp. 65
Emotional learning and wellbeingp. 71
Understanding and nurturing emotional competencep. 78
How to nurture positive emotionsp. 88
Summaryp. 97
Positive Communication: Building Trust and Fulfilling Relationshipsp. 98
Building positive communicationp. 98
Exploring and boosting your own positive communicationp. 108
Next steps: building rapportp. 112
Appreciative attention and positive feedbackp. 112
Communication: rapport, trust and sharing hopes and dreamsp. 116
Summaryp. 118
Learning Strengths: Developing Learning Habits to Motivate and Get Resultsp. 119
Learning for lifep. 119
The five learning success skillsp. 121
How adults can help children become confident and independent learnersp. 125
Motivation and success: encouraging a Zest4Learningp. 126
Bringing out the best in each child: the 3M formula for successp. 130
Putting the 3Ms into practicep. 141
Summaryp. 144
Resilience: How to Avoid Roadblocks and Bounce Back from Setbacksp. 145
The roots of resiliencep. 145
The environmental building blocks which support resiliencep. 149
Developing independent resiliencep. 151
Using the seven-step programmep. 162
Summaryp. 164
Developing Independence: The Journey through Childhoodp. 165
The Flourishing Programmep. 165
Working with a buddy: how co-coaching can increase your success with the Flourishing Programmep. 170
Notesp. 171
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9781849052399
ISBN-10: 1849052395
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st March 2012
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.28

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