6 must-read books to help your children develop their personal wellbeing toolkit

Wellbeing is a skill that is developed and nurtured over time. The earlier we learn to build up our wellbeing toolkit the better equipped we are to manage life's daily challenges. Sharing wellbeing-savvy books with your children is a fantastic way to discuss various wellbeing topics with them.
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One major insight I gained from my time as a teacher in Australian schools is that wellbeing is a key element in the way a child feels about their educational success.

Like literacy and mathematics, wellbeing is a skill.

Wellbeing starts with the learning of one tool at a time and the daily building up of a wellbeing toolkit.  A wellbeing toolkit is a collection of knowledge, skills and strategies that help boost your wellbeing. A wellbeing toolkit helps to strengthen a child’s confidence and competence in the way they approach their daily life. When children develop high competency in the area of wellbeing it often helps boost their confidence in other key learning areas such as literacy and mathematics.

Helping your child to build up their wellbeing toolkit is a priceless gift. Not only does it help them feel better about themselves on a daily basis but it also empowers them to effectively manage the everyday challenges they encounter during their school days or while they're navigating home-learning. 

Wellbeing is slowly being incorporated into the Australian school system, however, it is not yet interwoven into the daily classroom curriculum and routine to the capacity that it one day will be. Therefore, for the time being, it is up to each parent to foster and develop their child’s wellbeing skills. School can then complement and build on the wellbeing work you have already done with your child.

The following list is a compilation of some of my favourite wellbeing books, all of which I’ve shared with my children. These books are a wonderful way to introduce and discuss wellbeing words and concepts with your children. Wellbeing reading time is a brilliant way to help nurture your child’s social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, which are all essential elements to thriving in this fast-paced and high-tech world.

1. How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

2. No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

3. Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland

4. I Think, I Am! Teaching Kids the power of affirmations by Louise L. Hay

5. Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

6. Madeleine, Maddy & Midge: Positive Thinking for Children by Cathy Domoney


Reading books such as the ones listed above are a wonderful way to help your child build a strong wellbeing foundation. By prioritising and actively developing your child’s wellbeing toolkit you will help to make their educational experience more enjoyable as they will ride the school-bumps more easily. When you child is feeling secure and confident in themselves the world really does become their oyster.


Happy reading!

Rhiannon xo

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