Friday, January 20, 2012

Set Your Child Down The Path To Success and Help Them Build Confidence and Self Esteem

At this point, I am certain, there been a time in your life when we have needed reassurance of your accomplishments. Someone to remind you of all the things you exceed at, accomplished, mastered. Writing all these things down in a way that showcases your attributes and successes is usually only done when we are looking for a job?
I love the idea behind Donna Kristine Manley' Resumes for Children 17 Years Old and Under. Yes, Really.

When I first heard about it, I thought that perhaps it was a way to help children who are coming into working age, get ready for those job interviews. But, I was WRONG! 

A resume, if we look up the definition, is a document for individuals to present their background and skillsets (as described by Wikipedia). Yes, it is that, but it is also a confidence builder. I remember the feeling of completing my resume then looking back over it and thinking. Wow, I am a success. I need to stop selling myself short. I should be proud of what I have accomplished. This feeling of encouragement shouldn't be saved for those moments when we are struggling and looking for a job. A resume can be done at any time in your life. In fact, after reading this book, I have started working with my children to do their resumes and one for myself. 

Why a resume for your child? Well, basically Donna believes it gives your child an edge. Having their abilities and accomplishments on paper showcase the person they are, gives them confidence and builds better self esteem. I get it! I believe in it. We are doing them for our kids and I will be spreading the world in all my mommy groups.

A resume for a child:
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Presents a child in such a way that others will want to invest in that child
  • Shows that a child's accomplishments go beyond his or her report card 
  • Affirms the importance of what a child does 
The resume can also be used to:
  • Accompany an application to a academic program.
  • Seek sponsorship for friends and family members (possible money for activities)
  • Seek grants and scholarships
  • And more
I personally love the sample resumes included in the book. The resumes range from 6-17 and include everything from hobbies to accomplishments, skills, awards and more.

There are sample cover letters and pages to add reflections and ideas for said resumes. It really is a great way to showcase your child and encourage them to do their very best.

To find out more about Donna Kristine Manley and Resumes for Children 17 Years and Under can be found at the book's website.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher to facilitate this review.


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