28 Positive Mindset Books For Kids

Self-awareness and self-esteem form at early ages in life and It’s so important for us to help our kids grow to develop an overall positive outlook.  Obstacles and challenges are a natural part of life, and luckily, we’ve been able to turn to children’s books with poignant and powerful messages to help reinforce and shape a healthy response to the world around us.  We created a collection of 28 positive mindset books for kids, with inspiring messages of perseverance, resiliency, and the value of positive self-talk.  From following your dreams – to avoiding negative words, this list of books will help to introduce children to the tools they need to navigate life.


Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life

Dreams Come True…. All They Need is You

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Incredible You!

I Think, I Am!

No Excuses! How What You Can Say Can Get In Your Way

Good-bye, Bumps! Talking to What’s Bugging You

I Am, Why Two Words Mean So Much


Beautiful Oops!

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are

What Do You Do With a Problem?

The Feel Good Book

What I Like About Me!

Bee Attitude: A Positive Motivational Book for Kids

The Energy Bus

Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

One Love

What a Wonderful World

The Little Engine That Could

Only One You

Sky Color

An Awesome Book of Thanks

The Way I Feel

Did your favorite books for kids make the list? If not, please share them with us in the comments.

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I Carry Your Heart With Me

I suppose that I developed some peculiar habits after my father’s recent passing. Like not being able to leave the house without one of his possessions.

A familiar ring on a chain around my neck. A tie clip secured to a small notepad. An extra mass card tucked into my wallet.

Just as I promised myself that I would shortly wean of this newfound urgency, life surreptitiously presented a solution (as it often does).  A gifted locket from Monica Rich Kosann arrived in the mail with incredibly uncanny timing. I’m still wrapping my head around the synchronicities of that day.


The whole family took interested in my new keepsake, with input on how best to carry my father’s memory.


A favorite quote from a poem read at my wedding took on new meaning, and a spot close to my heart, on the locket’s left side.  While an image of my dad, just as he always was, in a sharp suit, Borsalino fedora, and one of his many cameras around his neck, filled the other.

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i carry you heart with me (i carry it in my heart) – E.E. Cummings

I think with hope about the day that I may want to swap out the locket’s images to that of my children (and even grandchildren).  Unlike some of the pieces that I regularly wear, this timeless locket is one that I can see myself wearing many decades later.  I’m grateful to carry my father so close to my heart – and I know that someday when I give this locket to my daughter, it will bear the significance of familial memories and a legacy wrapped in hope and love.

Special thank you to Monica Rich Kosann Jewelry.  Shop her collection this Mother’s Day online, at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and other Fine Jewelers.


Being Present in Gratitude

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At the start of the New Year, I began a simple yet soon to be consistent gratitude practice.  Gleaned from somewhere on Pinterest –  we starting jotting down messages of gratitude and tucking them away into a big mason jar to open up on New Year’s day.

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Ever since the big girl was a solo toddler, we’ve had a little family gratitude practice of sharing what we are grateful for before going to bed at night.  I soon learned that there was something about the act of writing it down that caused a notable shift in my perspective.  We found collective happiness in moments that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.  We had conversations about how we have enough.  We appreciated our home, our health, our families and where we live.  And a steadfast commitment in making time for the things that we love, together as a family, brought us to places like the beach this summer more than ever.


I will always be a work in progress and allow myself to be human.  I still have my fair share of grumbles and talks with best friends to help pull myself out of things that are petty. Our big jar, tucked away with noted accomplishments, memories and messages of thanks have reminded me that being present in gratitude is an integral part of living a positive life. As is surrounding myself with people who aim to lift one another up.

As we’ve entered the final month of the year – I’m interested in bringing more gratitude practices into our home and learning about what others do to stay on top.  Please chime in the below comments and also join the Makers of Children’s MOTRIN® in sharing your unstoppable mom tips on their facebook page. For every post – the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids, and you’ll be entered to win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards.  (For Official Rules, visit unstoppablemoms.com/rules.)


SIX – A Birthday Letter

To My Darling Daughter,

A few evenings ago, while you were sleeping, your father and I quickly de-Christmased the house to celebrate six glorious years of you.  I gathered a bunch of your well-loved toys and arranged them on the mantel – My Little Pony’s and unicorns, farm animals and plastic insects, trolls and aliens, and a few odds and ends.  The arrangement was joyful and bizarre.  And peculiar.  And 100% you.

You were thrilled.

We celebrated you with a surprise trip to 5th Avenue to visit the American Girl Place – a doll store mecca I wasn’t sure we’d ever enter.  My, how time changes things.  We waited in line outside for quite some time, and when we finally walked through the doors, you intently studied the dolls enclosed in the glass casing.  As I watched your little hands press up against your reflection, searching for the doll that looked most like you – I couldn’t help but think about your growing sense of self, and increasing awareness for the world around you.

You vacillate between big and little.  Between wanting to identify common ground with your peers, and being 100% unabashedly you.  Between donning costumes and more accessories than a Christmas tree, to removing a prop in certain situations.  I can easily recall the familiar feeling of searching through metaphorical glass for something similar – something just like me.  Affirmation in a bigger girl’s voice.  A nod of approval.

Sometimes when I find myself worrying about the complexities of growing up – you remind me that you are navigating this ever-changing terrain just fine.  Like when you purchased the rock collection book at your school book fair, despite the fact that your friends told you to get the princess one.  Sometimes I still inwardly stress about you being the youngest (and littlest) in your grade, but I know that there is NOTHING small about you.  Just recently, a mother told me that when her daughter was taunted after a new haircut, you walked past unkind words, looked at your friend and said “You know what?  You are beautiful”.  

You make your mama’s heart swell. 


My darling,  your name means light, and you undoubtedly personify that. Your magic is found in letting your light shine.  It is spread through your optimism, and eagerness to participate.  It is seen in the mountain of artwork that your feverishly create.   It is felt through your loving empathy and ability to quickly fill a tub with your toys to giveaway.  It is displayed in the shrines of acorn fairy homes (with accompanying stories) that you constantly construct in unexpected corners of our home.  And I now see it in a coveted 18″doll, ornately decorated and adorned with toys – wrapped in extraordinary childhood creativity.

Happy sixth birthday my love – you are truly coming into your own.  Please don’t ever be afraid to let your light shine because your presence continues to lift your family up in love…

…more love than I ever knew my heart could hold,




Saying Yes to Summer

A lot of time has slipped away here, without personal words, and for good reason I suppose.  As I turned the calendar to welcome a new month, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad about the rapid pace at which this summer seems to be moving.  I’m committed to having plenty of unscheduled days for Lucia and Adrian to be together during the summer months.  It’s not the norm around here, but I’m certain that it is what is right for my little family.  Lucia has a few full days of camp each week, and Adrian has a few hours of drop-off classes.  And although ages 3 and 5 smooched together are certainly wild and chaotic, (and I sometimes wish for more time to breathe), I’m thankful that the majority of our summer days each week are spent together.  I want the children to learn and explore beside each other before the schedules that come along with the school-year come back into play. I want them to experience summer together.

I’ve been watching this mighty bond so closely, and it is growing deeper and richer than I ever imaged

It makes me inexplicably happy.

Summer Fun With Kids

Despite  its challenges, motherhood has definitely helped me tap into my own sense of gratitude.  My kids, like most, are inherently joy-filled, exuberant little people – always eager and open to new adventures.  So many things, albeit small, are new and exciting and viewed as gifts.

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When the summer began, I made a promise to myself to say “yes” more often. It’s not that I wasn’t saying it before, I just wanted to be more intentional with my “no’s”.  I’m not talking about overindulgence in treats or gifts, I simply made an effort to examine my internal response before even responding to my children.  A small chunk of time at the playground after camp or a trip to the beach despite the rain helps to shape our days and collective outlook in really positive ways.

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Sometimes I can’t believe, that with the turn of the next calendar page, I’ll have a first grader and a little boy entering nursery for the first time.  I’m glad that we still have a solid chuck of summer days left, and grand imaginations to stretch as far as little feet can carry them.

Special thank you to my friend Leslie at Gwen Moss Blog, for reminding me of the importance of continuing to record the personal, in this space or elsewhere.


The Imaginary Treehouse

Children have a remarkable way of finding beauty in nearly everything they see.  In corners of the earth that are often overlooked.  In sound and simplicity.

My Lucia delights in an elevated root system sustaining a neighbor’s tree – playing in her treehouse nearly every single day.  We’ve been sneaking out before bathtime for sidewalk chalk and evening performances on her treehouse stage.  I look forward to this time of the day and the part of her that she still invites me to witness.

When I fail to see beauty, she finds it for me.