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Her Body Can – A book about self-acceptance

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“It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will”

Sam Cooke (1963)

Finally! ‘Her Body Can’ – A children’s book that has been long overdue.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been wondering where are the books that beautifully depict stories of diversity and abilities? I know they have slowly been seeping through, and are out there, but you don’t hear much about them. Many remain hidden and do not get a chance to shine.

Well, you’re hearing a lot about this one, thank goodness.

Her Body Can

A children’s book whose aim is to promote a body positive attitude. Full of poetic declarations of body positivity and self-love for all young girls – No matter their size. (And yes, ‘His Body Can’ will also be coming out soon! It will focus on the insecurities and gender roles that boys may struggle with)

Her Body Can, by Ady Meschke & Katie Crenshaw.

By Ady Meschke and Katie Crenshaw. Illustrated by Li Liu

“Your bodies most important job is to carry you…”

Ady Meschke & Katie Crenshaw

Her Body Can is written in an easy digestible flowing rhyme. It takes the reader on a beautifully illustrated journey across 33 pages of pure acceptance and diversity.

Most stories that broadcast a message have the tendency to unwillingly highlight negativity. They tell us of painful happenings, tears are shed and fear is show. Her Body Can is not such a case. It just shows positivity bathed in warm characters depicted in different shapes, colours, abilities and even religions – all getting along together.

Your body is capable of many things. As long as you respect it and feed it the correct nutrition and give it movement, it does not matter which shape it forms around your bones. Your body is there to carry you and work for you, not to be a pretty, stick-thin object solely there to please others. Many girls suffer from unnecessary shame about their bodies. This occurs in many girls over 8 years old. they become body conscious. Others begin body shaming them. Because a child is surrounded by images of pretty princesses, gorgeous photo-shopped models, and girls trying to be a size zero, it’s only normal that they feel the need to fit in to this unfit way of thinking.

That is why I’m soooooo happy to see ‘Her body Can’ doing well and openly being praised by teachers and parents, carers and grandparents alike. This book is receiving fantastic reviews and is selling fast. It is being read to young girls and they are learning to accept themselves in this delightful way. Such is the power of a book when published correctly. It’s more than ok to be plum shaped, pear shaped, have large hips and beautiful sturdy looking legs.

Many large sized girls can do so much more than what they are given credit for. Yes, large sized girls can do yoga. They are flexible and can dance just as good, or even better than smaller sized girls. They can do all kinds of sports. Large sized girls should not have to live in the shadows. They should not have to hide and eat. They should not develop self-hatred.

I cannot wait until more books like this hit the bookshelves, (and land in kindle erm…hands)

Follow up books by the authors Ady and Katie are in the making! – A series is to follow in hot pursuit that will concentrate on certain characters that are already shown in ‘Her Body Can’. It is promised to be very inclusive – I can’t wait!

A little bit more about ‘Her Body Can’

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Ron Clark – the student whisperer

Ron Clark is the Student Whisperer

Every school needs a Ron Clark

How an ordinary man changed the lives of thousands of students and teachers – the fun way

So, who is Ron Clark?

Ron Clark is an educator. A very special one who is responsible for changing the lives of hundreds of school children, giving them a huge opportunity to lead fulfilling and successful lives full of the rich priorities.

Ron’s motivation comes from trying to bring out the successful student in every child. He started out working with disadvantaged school children

This innovative educator’s journey was turned into a television movie in 2006 – ‘The Ron Clark Story’ starring Matthew Perry in the main role of Ron Clark.

Watch ‘The Ron Clark Story’ staring Matthew Perry

Ron is the founder of the highly successful Ron Clark Academy. Along with Kim Bearden, the co-founder, they direct this unique, private non-profit Academy that is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It has about 119 students, and the education for each student costs $18,000. The costs are funded by the profits of teacher training courses and from sponsors. The school children are taught essential rules for success that are useful in and out of the classroom. All the while, in an original and highly entertaining way so the students truly enjoy learning from the heart.

It’s not all fun and games, but the students enjoy Ron Clark’s natural learning techniques, based upon respect, manners, higher thinking, all the while using engaging teaching methods.

Ron Clark came a long way. He started out as a teacher in North Carolina, later moving to Harlem, New York City. It was there in New York that Ron saw that he could make a difference in the lives of school children from difficult backgrounds.

  • 1: The Essential 55 (2003) – An award-winning educator’s rules for discovering the successful student in every child.
  • 2: The Essential 55 Workbook (2003) – Activities to fire up enthusiasm in the classroom. Fun role-playing excerises. Quizzes to discover a child’s strength.
  • 3: The End of Molasses Classes (2011) – 101 extraordinary solutions for parents and teachers, to help get kids unstuck.
  • 4: The Excellent 11 (2005) – An award-winning teachers guide to raising children who love to learn.

What is so special about the Ron Clark Academy?

Ron Clark engages this students 100%. He does this by forming a curriculum that is entertaining. Students learn at a speedy rate, throughly enjoying every moment. This is executed using the power of hip-hop, rap, dancing, and making lessons enjoyable.

Other schools have a lot to learn as they continue to churn out dry, dull lessons that follow the ways of the old – built upon a prison structure, spitting out students that are not educated on how to thrive in the real world. Not taught how to function amongst society. Not shown how to build upon their in-born skills and ability to learn any thing they put their mind to. Of course parents play a vital role, but the school system – school teachers can really make an impact on the lives of the youth that are sent to learn under their wing.

And Ron Clark knows how to take them under this wing. He trains teachers to go out into the world and spread his teaching method.

Ron Clark’s 11 traits of excellence are…

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Adventure
  3. Creativity
  4. Reflection
  5. Balance
  6. Compassion
  7. Confidence
  8. Humor
  9. Common sense
  10. Appreciation
  11. Resilience

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Ron Clark has written some excellent books.

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Those Words Can Hurt!


Those Words Can Hurt! – Bullying has always been around…

It is unacceptable and needs to stop! –

‘Those Words Can Hurt’ is a great song that tackles the topic of Bullying – see it at the bottom of our Blog Post, by Ariana Brogden and Hayley Wheeler

We have complied a list of the top 10 best anti-bulling books for small children

Bullying can totally destroy a child. They retreat into themselves, feel isolated and afraid. Often a child who is being picked on will not tell anyone, they just sink deeper and deeper into themselves. It’s a cruel isolation that can carry over into adulthood. Those Words Can Really Hurt!

Bullying is unnecessary – it needs to be nipped in the bud, and you need to be fully aware of it and help your child in the best way possible.

Children who are being taunted and bullied do not realise that they have the power to put an instant stop to this kind of mental and physical torture. They must find the courage to stand-up to a bully!

Once they stand-up, the bully will quickly step down.

I remember that I used to tease a boy at school because my young mind thought that I was being funny. He reminded me of a lonely, geeky boy that was on a T.V programme, and a girl kept following him around saying ‘I feel sorry for you Roland’ – I thought it would be witty for me to do this to the geeky boy at school – one day he just turned around and snapped – ‘Leave me alone for goodness sake, you’re not funny! – You are so annoying – say it to me one more time and it’s you that I will feel sorry for!’ The strength in his voice, his body language and the assertiveness that he radiated was more than enough to make me take a step back and never, ever taunt this boy again!

Those Words Can Hurt

Like my once young self, most children do a kind of bullying that they are not even aware of – they think they are being witty. They do not realise the torment that they can cause to others. I am so glad that his schoolboy out me in my place! It woke me up instantly and I have never teased anyone in this way again – I was not being witty – I was being cruel.

But what if your child is not being bullied, and they are not a bully either? – Does it still concern them?

It most certainly does – Your child still has a vital role that they can play in combating bullying!

They can help to stand-up for the victims of bullying.

If your child sees another child suffering at the hands of a bully, they can do so much – even if it’s just giving comfort to the bullied child. They can offer protection, security, friendship. If they are brave enough, they can step in and tell the bully to STOP!

Full blown bullies

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Full blown bullies are the ones who are fully aware that they are being nasty. It is them that have an issue with themselves! They have internal problems at home, or feelings of inadequacy. They feel a desire to be in charge, dominating, powerful, seeking approval. They grow mightier from another persons fear.

This is why it is important for a child who is being bullied to not give them their fear. They must stand tall and let the bully realise that they are not going to be the bully’s victim! Don’t let those words hurt and destroy you!

The bullies must realise that the problem lies within themselves. There is no need to be cruel to another person – no-one will like you! Being someones friend is so much easier and beneficial.

There are certain behavioural skills that must be learned by people who are being bullied as well as for the bullies themselves.

Parents must be aware

Parents play a huge role in how a person who is being bullied, or a person who is doing the bullying can find a way out.

If you hear certain tales about your child, listen to them and don’t just dismiss them with phrases like – learn to be a man! – You big baby! – Wallop them one back! Ah, you’ll be fine!

Do not ignore your child’s behaviour – step-in while it’s early. Bullying can lead to serious problems that last a life-time!

All children deserve a happy and caring childhood.

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We have complied a selection of books that will help your child, whether they are a victim of bullying, or the bully themselves.

Our top ten best anti-bullying books for young children

(Some of these books that are mentioned in this list are available on Amazon, but it depends on your location) 

  • ‘The Juice Box Bully’ by Bob Sornson
  • ‘The Invisible Boy’ by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton
  • ‘Stick and Stone’ by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
  • ‘One’ by Kathryn Otoshi (It also help children to learn their colours!)
  • ‘Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies’ by Howard Binkow
  • ‘The Recess Queen’ by Alexis O’neill
  • ‘Freda Stops a Bully’ by Stuart J. Murphy
  • ‘Leave Me Alone’ by Kes Gray
  • ‘Red’ by Jan De Kinder
  • The Bully problem Solver’ by Virgina Rankin – This is a book that contains advice from a school counsellor – It offers strategies to students and parents on how to stop a bully.

You will see some of theses anti-bullying books by scrolling below 

Also check out these three books in the series by Erin Frankel on the subject of dealing with bullies in schools




Here’s a fantastic anti-bullying song by Ariana Brogden and Hayley Wheeler ‘Those Words Can Hurt’

The lyrics have depth and are a huge step in combating bullying 


Please be sure to watch this eye-opening video by Brooks Gibbs on ‘How to stop a bully’  – It will be a 7 min journey well worth your time!

It’s done in such a great tactical way and will surely help any child that is having problems with bullying.

Who is Brooks Gibbs? – He is a professional, award winning social skills educator:

Brooks Gibbs is an award winning social skills, author, speaker and educator. Brooks Gibbs teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional resilience. Social and emotional learning is a must for any child (or grown-up) that suffers under the cruel hand of bullying.

Brooks Gibbs also has an online training program called ‘Raise Them Strong’ – It’s an online training program that empowers students to make friends and manage enemies.

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