HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: A Simple Idea to Empower Kids: Teen’s Edition
Author: Kathleen Boucher
Publisher: Balboa Press, 2014
Related websites: http://www.greatkids.me (author), http://www.balboapress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 13-18
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Boucher, Kathleen. A Simple Idea to Empower Kids: Teen’s Edition (published in 2014 by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403). If you are a parent of teens, what can you do to help them develop self-confidence and do their best? We parents know that our responsibility to mentor and encourage our child doesn’t end when he or she turns thirteen. In A Simple Idea to Empower Kids: Based on the Power of Love, Choice, and Belief, for ages 3-12, author Kathleen Boucher shares three important principles of love, choice, and belief that will help kids to achieve great success and accomplish anything they want. But how can you inspire teens to follow their dreams? These same three principles are just as necessary for teenagers to understand as well.
The text of A Simple Idea to Empower Kids: Teen Edition is basically identical, but different illustrations are used to appeal and apply the message to teens. Secret #1 is that there is only one of each person on Earth, so everyone is important. Secret #2 is that the second greatest force on Earth is the power to choose. And Secret #3 is to believe in oneself. At the age of four, Boucher developed polio, which left her with a limp, but she persevered and became a registered nurse. She learned early in life that a person’s inner strength is always so much stronger than what happens in the “outside” world. All teenagers will definitely benefit from following her can-do philosophy.