Here at Tweenhood, we’re big fans of Annie Fox and her books and apps that help kids and their parents navigate some of the most challenging years of growing up in today’s digital society. We recently had the opportunity to interview Annie and we’re excited to be able to share some of Annie’s helpful resources and advice for parents of tweens with our readers.
Annie is the author of nine books for children, teens and parents, a former teacher with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s in Education and an internationally respected speaker and educator who somehow also finds the time to respond to thousands of emails from tweens and teens every year about issues such as friendships, bullying and self esteem.
Annie’s Middle School Confidential series of books and apps are wonderful resources for tweens, as they deal with common middle-school challenges like self image and tween friendship issues. Designed for 11-14 year olds, their graphic novel format makes them fun for kids to read, while sharing important life lessons for these tumultuous years.
How to Teach Kids to Be Good People
In her latest book, “Teaching Kids to Be Good People – Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century” Annie tackles the issue of how to help your kids grow up to be kind, compassionate and confident people in a world full of negative, confusing and often cruel messages.
As Annie points out “Not all teachers are parents, but all parents are teachers. When we teach kids to be good people who possess the social courage to do the right thing, we help to make the world a safer, saner, more accepting place for all of us.”
Today’s tweens and teens are growing up in a world far different that the one their parents grew up in, and they need our help to give them clear guidelines on appropriate behaviour – both online and offline.
This book is a personal, step-by-step guide to helping your child to make healthy, socially responsible choices in their day-to-day lives, even when no one is watching. It gives parents a blueprint for how be the role model their children need them to be and engage their kids in conversations that will help guide them towards developing strong character traits like empathy and respect for others.
What is a “good person?”
According to feedback Annie received before writing this book, some of the skills involved in being a “good person” include:
- social courage
- emotional intelligence
The book is full of practical advice and tips that parents can use, and includes interactive features such as conversation prompts, podcasts, tools, questions and answers and self-assessment quizzes to help them in the process of teaching kids to be good people.
From now until Saturday, September 7th, you can download your own copy of this book for FREE from Amazon! If you live in Canada, you can download the book from amazon.ca. US residents can find it on amazon.com.
Note: The free book is in Kindle format, but you don’t have to own a Kindle to view the book. Just download the Kindle app from Amazon to your iPhone, iPad, Android or computer and you’re good to go!
We look forward to bringing you more parenting strategies and tips from Annie in the weeks to come. In the meantime, be sure to download your free copy of Teaching Kids to Be Good People before it’s too late!
For more information on Annie’s other books, be sure to visit www.anniefox.com.
You may also like:
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)