The Quest for Self-Compassion: Resilience-Boosting Workbooks for Kids

Looking for a playful way to help children grow resilience skills? This series of activity books is designed to help kids meet struggles with self-compassion so they can become their happiest, most resilient selves. 

What is in each book and how will it help my child?

Jamie Lynn Tatera has created this series of activity books along with a team of children. We know that children learn best through play, and kids like to hear the experiences of other kids. For that reason, each book includes quotes from real kids, comics, and engaging activities. Please know that even though the ideas and activities are playful, children are learning some serious self-compassion skills. Self-compassion is correlated with lower levels of anxiety and depression, and higher levels of life satisfaction and well-being. The Quest for Self-Compassion is based on activities from the Self-Compassion for Children and Caregivers program, an approved parent-child adaptation of the research-proven Mindful Self-Compassion program. Kristin Neff has written the forward to the series of books.

Playful Characters and Comics

Four resilience habit animals will help your child playfully learn resilience skills as they complete each adventure. Relatable comic characters and “feelings habit animals” will acquire the skills along with your child.

Quest for Self-Compassion Book 1 Comic 1          Four resilience habit animals with speech bubbles.

The first Workbook in The Quest for Self-Compassion series will be released October 2024.

Related Testimonials

These remarkable books are a treasure trove of fun, insightful, and effective activities parents and teachers can do with children to help them learn the skill of self-compassion. They’re a powerful resource that helps children cope with challenging feelings and situations in a healthy way.  An amazing life gift for any child.”

Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor at UT Austin, author of Self-Compassion, Fierce Self-Compassion and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

Jamie Lynn has created a masterpiece for kids that is fun, creative, and engaging. Complete with comics, word games, and art activities, this book teaches kids how to be kinder to themselves in any easy and accessible way. Tips for “grown-ups” are throughout, so adults can guide kids through the book (and maybe learn a little for themselves too!). A must-have for all kids!

Karen Bluth, PhD, Author of the Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens

Wow! There is so much wisdom packed into this delightful series of books for kids. Jamie Lynn inhabits the world of children like a child, but she doesn’t waste a single word as she teaches kids to hold their blooming and buzzing world of emotions with kindness and compassion. As the outer world becomes more and more complex, we can only hope the next generation learns the inner skills conveyed in this book. I can hardly wait to share it with others.”  

Christopher Germer, PhD, Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

These workbooks are fun, engaging, and helpful. What a great way to support young people as they begin to explore and play with self-compassion in their lives. The ideas are clever, and the artwork, activities, and visuals will definitely appeal to kids. I especially love the inclusion of actual children with their comments throughout and think young people will see themselves reflected here.”  

Wendy O’Leary, Author of It’s Okay

“After working through the activities in the workbooks, I observe that my eight-year old is gradually more open to practicing self-compassion when she is having a hard time. I don’t notice huge, amazing changes, but I do notice changes that I believe will be long-lasting and will genuinely help her into adulthood. Completing this workbook for my daughter helps me feel like she is going to be okay!”  

I think it’s fun that there are pictures of real kids by the quotes that those kids said. Sometimes, I actually want to do the workbook because it really helps me.

Mother-Daughter Pair

Jamie Lynn has written a workbook for kids to read, practice, play and understand how self-compassion can grow resilience. It’s packed with so many interactive exercises and ideas that everyone is guaranteed to find something that helps them experience and practice self-compassion. The Quest for Self-Compassion Workbooks are full of relatable characters, kids’ voices and age-appropriate exercises. If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to share self-compassion with your child, this book will support you along your journey.

Lisa Baylis, Educator and Author of Self-Compassion for Educators

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