Monthly archives: December 2016

Gift Guide 2016

Posted on General December 15, 2016 by Mary George

screen-shot-2015-12-07-at-11-51-49-amWe always have so much fun doing the activities with the girls in our classes and workshops AND we have had such wonderful feedback from our previous Gift Guides, we thought that this year we would again create our My Remarkable Self® Gift Guide. These are special things for you, your child and family to do together as well as some fun, thoughtful crafts and books for your child to enjoy. Our classic gifts we have put an * beside. We hope that you have a wonderful holiday!!

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Family Time!

Chat packs / conversation starter packs are always great suggestions for family dinners, Friday game night or even travel.  Check them out online!

Tickets to a museum, play, or sports event just for you and one child as special time together


Notebook Doodles – GO GIRL!

Good Vibes Coloring Book

Color Your Own Stickers – Live, Laugh, Love

Kindness Kit – Crafttastic

American Girl Crafts Travel Size Friends Scrap and Stuff Book

*Charm Bracelets for you and your daughter to share memories together

*Journals – a journal to share between your son or daughter and mom or dad – AI Friedman

*My Password Journal – great secret journal for our girls to write down all their thoughts –

Fun gel pens to go with the journal – AI Friedman, Staples

*Locket with a picture of mother and daughter – Pottery Barn Kids and Teen and other sites

Crafting sets to do together – brands Charmazing, Alex and Melissa and Doug

Master Art set for girls by Crayola

*American Girl Book Series:

Friends ‘Til the End?


Just Mom and Me – a book of fun for girls and their moms

The Care and Keeping of You, Books 1 &2

Talk Time Questions

American Girl History Series for older readers – historical fiction books


My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig

*Zero by Kathryn Otto

*One by Kathryn Otto

Two by Kathryn Otto

Sitting Still Like a Frog – Mindful Exercises for Kids (and their Parents) by Eline Snel

*The Smallest Girl in the Class by Justin Roberts

*Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness, by Carol McCloud

*Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

*All About Me! Personality Quizzes for You & Your Friend by Karen Phillips

*The Boys Body Book by Dunham/Bjorkman

*The Who Was Series

Books for Tweens

*Wonder by J. Palacio

*Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories by J. Palacio

*Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhai Lai

Books for Parents

Untangled: Guiding teenage girls through seven transitions into adulthood by Lisa Damour

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers – by Nancy Jo Sales

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

 FAMILY BOARD GAMES for family game night that encourage conversation, team work and all around fun:


Peaceable Kingdom Race to the Treasure! Award Winning Cooperative Game for Kids

5 Second Rule

Reverse Charades

Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception

Online Games and Apps


Kiva – Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

Cool School – Where Peace Rules – Charming game models conflict resolution for young kids

PBS Kids Go!


Give the gift of a My Remarkable Self® class and/or workshop!!

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Mary & Claire

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at for further information.**

© Kids Empowered LLC and My Remarkable Self® 2016


Posted on Affirmation, General, Self-Esteem, Stress December 1, 2016 by Mary George


December and the wonderful spirit of the holiday season could not be coming at a better time. November was a tough month! I have to say that I am very happy to see it end. From the ups, downs and surprises of the election to the devastating fires in Tennessee. I think that we are all in the mood to start spreading happiness, kindness and good cheer. It’s long overdue for 2016.

Our children live a much more stressful life these days. The ever increasing demands to do well in school, sports or other activities is causing our children to suffer. They must also endure being included, bullying, and now on top of that, the 24/7 cyberworld that is constantly in their faces. So what does kindness have to do with that? It can help develop a society that has hope, believes in positive change and creates happiness both inwardly and outwardly. At study out of the University of California at Riverside, students were assigned to do 5 random acts of kindness every week for 6 weeks. At the end of the study they found that the students levels of happiness had increased 41.66%. That should tell us all something!

So this December, join us in highlighting #ActsofKindness – tag us on our Instagram and Facebook pages with your children’s (and your) #ActsofKindness or send them to us and we will post them! We challenge you to create a better world!

As a bit of inspiration, “a recent study by Arber Tasimi, a graduate student at Yale University, and Liane Young, a professor at Boston College, found that kids who do good—and think back on it—are driven to do more and more good. As Tasimi says, “These findings show that something as simple as asking children to reflect on their past good deeds has positive effects on children’s behavior.”

These small #actsofkindness can change the world!

#myremarkableself #sharekindess #kindnessmatters