Review: Meet Sue Atkins & the ‘Can Do Kid’ Journal feature
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”inspiration” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Our mission at Lifehacksforkids is to provide parents with tools so they can teach their kids the skills required to be successful adults. As part of that quest, we are forever on the look-out for great people, ideas, and products that can help us.

Today we talk to renowned parenting expert, Sue Atkins about her thoughts on teaching kids vital Life Skills and we road test her fantastic new product the ‘Can Do Kid’ Journal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title=”the lifehacksforkids interview” color=”custom” accent_color=”#ce879f”][vc_custom_heading text=”about Sue” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]As one of Britain’s leading parenting experts, Sue Atkins is passionate about making life with children easier and more rewarding, with the ultimate goal of helping parents to raise happy confident and well-behaved kids.

As well as helping parents with 1-2-1 coaching, workshops, teleseminars, and e-courses, Sue is also a best-selling author and broadcaster, and you can read more about her rather impressive accomplishments here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”9984″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”which life skill do you wish that your parents had taught you?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]How to understand a financial spreadsheet and how to feel more confident with budgeting, managing and saving money.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”why?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I watched my Dad ‘doing his financial books every month at his desk in a big red book’ for his business and the household, but he never taught me what he was doing- so I grew up thinking that’s what a ‘husband’ did and things happened by magic! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”9982″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_text_separator title=”” color=”white”][vc_custom_heading text=”which life skill do you think that it’s important for kids to learn?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I think the ability to ‘have a go’ and have a ‘Can Do’ attitude is vitally important for children to develop because you can try anything from putting your hand up in class to learning to dance, to applying for a job out of your comfort zone later on. The mindset and attitude to succeed in life are just as important as your qualifications (unless you want to be a brain surgeon or a doctor). It’s developing strong self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-belief in your ability to try, fail, and try again.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”why?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I think that it determines your destiny, happiness, and sense of fulfillment.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”given what you know now what’s the one thing that you would do differently, when it comes to teaching life skills to kids?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I would make it part of the PSHE curriculum and campaign to get kids away from the data-obsessed, narrow curriculum that pervades all our schools these days.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”the lifehacksforkids review” color=”custom” accent_color=”#ce879f”][vc_custom_heading text=”lifehacksforkids review: the ‘Kid Can Do’ Journal” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Straight away, I knew the Can Do journal was going to be a hit. It was a Friday and the twins had just got back from a long day (and week) at school.

“What’s this Dad?”

Their curiosity had got the better of them as they spotted the Can Do Kid Journal on the kitchen table.

Once changed they came straight back downstairs and got stuck right in. Almost an hour later and they were still filling in pages and doing some of the exercises.

Even now, as I write this more than two weeks later, the kids are still using the journal, without prompting as well I might add.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”9985″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_text_separator title=”can do kids in action” title_align=”separator_align_left” color=”white”][vc_custom_heading text=”our favourite bits” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The journal is like a personal development book and journey of self-discovery all rolled into one. It has loads of different activities and exercises to keep the kids interested and engaged, all of which they have loved doing so far.

Kids can work through it without supervision and at their own pace, with exercises such as:

  • I am special because

  • What is important to me and what makes me happy

  • Weekly Goal setting

  • Writing down daily achievements

  • Learn to let go

  • How big is the problem?

  • Who is responsible?

The nature of these exercises means that they are understanding more about who they are as people, as well as developing their own strategies, coping mechanisms and sense of self, in a safe and really fun way.

What’s nice, is that the journal helps them to figure this stuff out for themselves, which in our experience (after homeschooling for 2 years) means that what they are learning goes that much deeper.

It’s great when they involve you too, it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend some valuable and quality time with your kid, whilst connecting with them in a profound and meaningful way.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”conclusion” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Sue hopes that the ‘Can Do Kid’ Journal will help kids to become creative, innovative, independent, resourceful, resilient & confident in their own abilities to try new things and be resourceful enough to tackle anything and bounce back after setbacks.

And whilst it’s a little too early to know for certain if the Journal will achieve these aims for the twins, the Journal has started them on a journey that advocates personal responsibility for growth and change in their own lives, and long may that continue.

We love the fact that the ‘Can Do Kid Journal’ is challenging our kids to think about themselves in a way that they probably haven’t done before. I can see it actively helping them to develop their own strategies, techniques, and tools that will enable them to be better prepared to deal with whatever life throws their way- and that can only be a good thing![/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”” style=”custom” add_button=”right” btn_title=”Buy the Journal here” btn_style=”custom” btn_custom_background=”#ce879f” btn_custom_text=”#ffffff” btn_align=”right” custom_background=”#203e4a” custom_text=”#ffffff” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank” btn_button_block=”true”]Help to turn your kid into a Can Do Superhero now…[/vc_cta][vc_text_separator title=”the lifehacksforkids competition” color=”custom” accent_color=”#ce879f”][vc_custom_heading text=”win a copy of the ‘Can Do Kid’ journal” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1478007626022{padding: 40px !important;background-color: #ce879f !important;border: 1.5px solid #203e4a !important;}”]

We have 3 copies of the fantastic ‘Can Do Kid’ Journal to give away to 3 lucky winners.

Each winner will also receive a free course of their choice from Lifehacksforkids.

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