In honor of independence, especially personal independence, I thought I would share with you a couple of children’s books I found that would be great to read to your kids (or yourself, for that matter) to help them realize that it’s not just okay, but in fact preferred, to just be yourself.
Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo (illus. by Julia Denos) is a wonderful little true story about Audrey Hepburn and how part of her success was that she didn’t act like all the other actresses. She just did things her way. She knew who she was and wasn’t afraid to be that way. I highly recommend it.
Another gem is a fun little book called I Love Monkey by S. Kaufman. It’s a very simple story for younger children about how Monkey tries being various kinds of things, but they just don’t seem to fit. Finally, he realizes that the thing he is best at being is himself!
Reading aloud to your kids is a great way to start up a conversation about something, so check these out and see what kinds of conscious conversations you can have with your kids. Happy Independence Day!