Douglas Bloch
The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed

I've never been a big fan of self-help books and this book did nothing to change that opinion. I only made it through about one fourth of it. I imagine this book, and others like it, could, however, be of much use to certain other people and certain other mindsets. To me, it was far too commonsensical. I didn't feel like I was learning anything new. Plus, the frequent listing of daily affirmations not only made me think of Al Franken doing Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live (and hence was hard to take seriously) but they also seemed to be aimed at an audience of (near) mental patients. More than a few eyebrows would be raised if I began to walk around mumbling things like "I take good care of myself" and "I am making a significant contribution" repeatedly.

So, with that, I conclude my negative review of a book on how to be positive (don't you love the irony?) by stating that yes it is very important to be positive to and around your kids, but it shouldn't take a book to make you realize, and act on, this simple fact.

from the publisher:
Affirmations are more than just words. They can heal hurts, build self-esteem, and empower us to face life with confidence and courage. In a world filled with stress, pressures, and fears, children need support and encouragement from adults—and they need to know how to affirm themselves.

This revised and updated edition of a beloved classic makes affirmations easy to understand. Douglas Bloch leads readers step-by-step through the process of helping kids turn off the negative voice within and activate the powerful “yes!” voice. Kids learn affirmations for all kinds of situations and challenges: school and academics, athletics, facing fears, feeling angry, getting teased, being depressed, and more. There are affirmations for specific developmental stages (from infancy through adolescence) and for special needs including learning differences, behavior disorders, and family problems. Bloch also includes affirmations to help adults deal with their own issues and better help the children in their care.