The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids

The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids provides children (and adults) with twenty different tools to help them to be assertive – twenty different things you can say or do to help you stand up for yourself!

These tools are practical, realistic and successful. They can be used in a variety of settings and they apply to all ages. Most importantly, they work!

What is assertiveness? Assertiveness is the ability to stand up for yourself and to say what you think and feel in a way that is respectful towards other people’s thoughts and feelings. Assertiveness is not being mean, but it isn’t necessarily being nice either.

Assertiveness helps you to protect yourself in a strong yet respectful way.

Assertiveness is a skill that we learn. It doesn’t come naturally to all of us. The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids provides you with the tools you need to be assertive. There are practical examples as well as guidelines on when to use the tools and when not to.

The book includes a useful chapter on Tools for Bystanders as well as an important chapter on Cyberbullying Tools. There is also a section that discusses assertive behaviour in greater depth.

This book is written for children, parents and teachers in a friendly, useful manner. It is based on many years of experience and observation and it provides tried and tested tools and strategies.

Purchase a print or electronic version of The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox – www.clockworkbooks.co.za/assertiveness.

“What a great idea! We sorely need therapeutic material aimed specifically at children, especially in South Africa, and this manual is an invaluable resource for young victims of bullying. Moreover, the assertiveness tools presented in this book will be useful for the social development of any child.”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Jo Hamilton's book is as useful, quick and accessible as it professes to be. I love the analogy of equipping children with a toolbox to fix tricky situations.”

Nikki BushCreative Parenting Expert, speaker and best-selling author of Future-Proof Your Child

“I particularly liked the chapter written for bystanders – we are all responsible for standing up and speaking out when we witness wrongdoing and meanness.”

Dr Nicola DugmoreEducational Psychologist

“Bullying is an international phenomenon of endemic proportions and must be uncompromisingly addressed in every school from the top down. No professional who works with children and adolescents can afford to ignore this Toolbox for practical techniques and sound advice.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“Children will appreciate Jo’s open and casual style, a delightful approach that makes a very serious and sometimes hard issue accessible, and even fun to grapple with.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“Her parental tips are most useful, in particular the section on cyberbullying. This is a must read for all parents and educators.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.

“I wish I had had this book when my eldest daughter had problems being assertive at school!”

Tina OtteRegistered nurse and midwife, childbirth educator and author of Tina Otte’s Pregnancy and Birth Book

“With bullying and aggressive behaviour being an ever present and worsening phenomenon in our children’s lives, this toolbox is a very useful and practical collection of strategies that parents and children will find very helpful, and applicable in daily life.”

Dr Linda KellyChild Psychiatrist

“The book includes helpful sections on the role of the bystander in a bullying situation, and on cyberbullying. I heartily recommend this resource!”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Most compelling about The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids is that this is an accessible manual for children and their parents that will help them to become empowered and learn skills that are needed, not only in times of adversity, but also to set them on a path of being assertive in the best possible way, as a life skill.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“I really look forward to recommending this extremely helpful, hands-on toolbox to the children that I see who have almost given up on ever learning to cope with mean people. With the help of this book, these children will feel free again in their world.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“This insightful and comprehensive toolkit can be implemented from the toddler years onwards.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.