Another book report? I know, it's crazy. This is a short and sweet one - The Confidence Code for Girls by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Kay and Shipman previously authored The Confidence Code, geared toward woman in 2014. They broke down tons of research, interviews, and social science to discuss all the ways in which women struggle to build confidence and the ways in which they can overcome internal obstacles to build more. They came out with their second version, targeted toward girls 8 and up, just this year.
I read this book after my friend & boss Shari loaned it to me - we both teach Girl Power Yoga classes at Karma Kids Yoga, and this is absolutely perfect for that and for pretty much any girl anywhere.
I had never heard of and still haven't read the adult version of The Confidence Code, but having read their book for tweens I both really want to read it - and almost feel like I don't have to, because this book is so thorough and still completely relatable, even for those of us out of those middle school years.
Through clear and relatable writing and impressive illustrations, comics, and graphics, the authors break down what they see as the three top elements to a confidence code - 1. Risk More 2. Think Less 3. Be Yourself.
It's that second one that definitely resonates the most with me - and also at first glance, sounds like the opposite of any advice we would ever want to give our kids. We want them to always be using their brains, learning, and thinking more, right? What the "Think Less" key actually addresses is the over-thinking and catastrophizing that so many women and girls do about so many things every single day.
As women, we can so easily get in our own heads and get in our own way and hold ourselves back from doing the things we want to do because our high emotional intelligence has a way of seeing a risk from every angle, sometimes emphasizing the scary parts. When we just do it - as opposed to overthinking and psyching ourselves out - we take the action necessary to gain more confidence.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this book to basically everyone - men, women, parents, kids. Everyone is someone or knows someone who can benefit from the keys and fascinating research outlined in this book. I know I would have devoured this book as a kid, and I think it would have really pushed me to be more of a risk-taker.
Check out a news segment on the book here, and happy Monday - especially a happy Marathon Monday to everyone out in Boston this morning! Fight through this nasty weather and make it a beautiful day!
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