The best books on procrastination, motivation, and kids

The Books I Picked & Why

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges

By Mona Delahooke

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges

Why this book?

Beyond Behaviors is an award-winning book that’s comprehensive, reader-friendly, and full of helpful strategies for parents and children. It offers fresh perspectives on long-held beliefs that behaviour issues are problems when, in truth, they’re indicators that a child is struggling in some way and requires help to manage life’s challenges. I love that author Mona Delahooke is unwavering in her emphasis on understanding and respecting individual needs, and I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and hands-on materials she imparts to address them. A great deal of thought, research, and effort has gone into this book.


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A Year of Positive Thinking for Teens: Daily Motivation to Beat Stress, Inspire Happiness, and Achieve Your Goals

By Katie Hurley

A Year of Positive Thinking for Teens: Daily Motivation to Beat Stress, Inspire Happiness, and Achieve Your Goals

Why this book?

Katie Hurley is a highly respected child and adolescent psychotherapist who really knows how kids think and feel. She wrote this book during the pandemic, and she offers reassurance and lots of practical motivational strategies to empower kids when they feel stressed, overwhelmed, or stuck. The book is beautifully organized—day by day over the course of a full year—and it includes many resources as well. A Year of Positive Thinking is a book that kids can refer to often, including whenever they need a boost to increase their confidence, embrace uncertainty, confront change, or maximize their potential.


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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Why this book?

Mindset is about finding a way forward—a topic that resonates across all ages, and all walks of life. Carol Dweck differentiates between a fixed mindset (which is restrictive), and a growth mindset (which is progressive). Based on research and authentic examples, she explains why a growth mindset is integral to maintaining momentum and success, and how to nurture that. I particularly like that she pays close attention to factors such as resilience, effort, and how to invest in one’s own learning. Her book has stood the test of time, and it has had a resounding impact around the globe.


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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

By Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Why this book?

Is your child experiencing setbacks? Difficulties? Mistakes? Failures? Do not fret! Author Jessica Lahey understands your concerns, and she shares why these kinds of challenges can be advantageous and serve as stepping-stones for children’s growing autonomy. In The Gift of Failure, she discusses the importance of encouragement, resilience, collaboration, and more as she explores different circumstances that children encounter. And, she provides many suggestions to help them reframe obstacles as opportunities. I think this book is, and will continue to be, an extremely relevant read for parents.


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Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine

By Michele Borba

Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine

Why this book?

Michele Borba begins her latest book by getting right to the heart and mind of what matters for optimal child development—and then she moves on to the importance of cultivating will. In total, she focuses on seven integral points—self-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism—describing why each of these attributes matters, and how to nurture them. If you want your child to be happy, resilient, and able to flourish even through adversity, then Thrivers is an excellent resource for you.


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