What is your WORD for 2017?

Posted on Feelings, General, Self-Esteem January 1, 2017 by Mary George

It is that time of year again – time to reflect on our past year and decide what it is that we want to work on for the upcoming year. What goals do you want to achieve? What good habits do you want to create? Goals help move us forward and keep us from remaining stagnant. The same goes for our children as well. Setting goals and creating resolutions for the new year will help them grow as they work towards something. In the past few years my blogs have focused on how to help our children create their resolutions and the ideas behind it are timeless. (Read – Making Resolutions with Your Children and The Power of Goals)


For 2017 I want to switch things up a bit. This past year I was with some of my fabulous, inspiring friends – you know the ones, the friends that are consistently there for you no matter what – to talk you through the tough times, laugh with you during the good times and remind you of who you truly are – A soul cleanse so to speak. Anyway, a group of us were out to dinner one night and one of my girlfriends was talking about how this past year she decided to simplify her resolutions and focus on a word that she needed to help guide her through the year. A word I wondered? How was a word going to help guide me? She explained her idea and it led to a thoughtful, powerful conversation as to what word we each thought we needed to embrace and why. One word helped to develop focus. It created an easy, meditative quality to remind you of your goal. My word for 2016 was LAUGH. While that may not seem very deep on the surface, it was what I needed. I needed to focus on the elements of my life that made me happy and try to let go of the unnecessary thoughts, items, and people that have been bringing me down. I needed to try to be “lighter” as a person. By having my one word, laugh, to come back to, it could remind me of all of the reasons why I needed that word. One of my other friends chose PATIENT– patience to take in every moment and not live for whatever was next. She wanted to slow down and appreciate her life. Another chose FEARLESS – she had a huge life change ahead of her and needless to say she was terrified of the unknown and how the change was going to effect many aspects of her life. There were many other words chosen that were equally as powerful and needed to each individual around the table.


One of the words chosen by a friend that night that really resonated with me was BREATHE. Such a needed word for 2016. I cannot tell you how many times that word has come back to me in my daily life. In fact so much so, I am going to take it on for this year. BREATHE…breathe, to remind myself to appreciate what I have been given…breathe, in the moments that I am nervous or scared… breathe, when life feels that it is weighing down on me…breathe, before losing my cool… breathe, to refocus…breathe, to think clearly…breathe, to find energy…breathe, to remember my strength…breathe, to remember that who I am matters in this world.


So as you think about your resolutions and goals for this year, consider choosing a word – it has power!


Happy New Year!

Mary & Claire



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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 on Amazon!

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 – Amazon

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