My Power Ball
Available through Amazon & Balboa Press.
This children’s book (paperback or E-Book) teaches kids to cope with other people’s comments and put downs. It has been used by parents and educators to teach kids to hold onto their sense of worth and confidence in the face of challenge, and make the healthiest choice for them in every situation.
The story originated with me using story-telling as a way to help children I was working with. The analogy frequently came back to me as having been especially helpful according to the children’s family members, teachers, Guidance Counselors and other professionals. I began also using this metaphor with adults and it had an equally significant uptake, because we all get overwhelmed by what other people expect from us, especially when it does not fit with what is right or healthy for us, making this message a good reminder for adults as well as children.
The story was refined with the assistance of my husband and co-author, Mr. K. Ryan Wilson, who works in the field of psychology, our three children and many of the children with whom I work, who are fast becoming experts at holding onto their power!
My POWER BALL uses a metaphor about how people throw balls at each other with their expectations on them, like you have to be pretty, popular etc. It emphasizes that when we drop our “power ball” (our sense of self-worth) then these other balls stick to us and can seem overwhelming. The message is that we have a CHOICE to hold onto our own power and to only catch the balls that are healthy for us.
The story is told in the context of Aliens coming to Earth undercover, to discover what allows some kids to be “SUPER HUMANS” (hold onto their power), and what causes others to retreat or become nasty (letting go of their power).
To buy this book online, click My Power Ball or go to the Juvenile Fiction section of the online Balboa Press Bookstore.