Does your highly sensitive child wish they weren’t highly sensitive? Then ‘You’ll Always Be Enough’ by Laura Kuehl is a book worth having on your family bookshelf.
It’s a struggle many of us parents of highly sensitive children (HSCs) have – trying to help our children see the positives of being highly sensitive, and explaining why some children are and some are not.
The most common discussion we have is around the question of how my son’s friends can go from one activity to the next and not get ‘full’ whereas he needs downtime built in to his day. We’re all different, is what he hears from me back. We all have different needs to flourish. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. And there’s a reason for those differences.
Understanding that we are all different is something that all children need to learn – and the book ‘You’ll Always Be Enough’ is a beautiful way to highlight that whilst we can wish that we were different in some way there’s actually always a positive point to being just as you are.
“By the light of the moon, each budding creature came to see that they’re not like one another, and that was meant to be. All have a purpose, and though it’s sometimes hard to know, they all have gifts that blossom as they grow. It won’t always be easy. At times, it will be tough, but no matter how you’re feeling, you’ll always be enough.” You’ll Always Be Enough by Laura Kuehl
I was given a free copy of ‘You’ll Aways Be Enough’ for review purposes and I read the book with my three children (aged 5, 6 and 10). The illustrations are lovely and the message is clear and enjoyable for the age range of my sons, but particularly reached my five and seven year olds.
I watched as my youngest soaked up the emotions in each page. Each animal we are introduced to wishes at first they had the characteristics of other animals they see. Then it dawns on them that they are actually glad to be who they are. It gave rise to a discussion about our strengths and what makes us different from others.
I asked author Laura Kuehl what her motivation was to write her first book:
“My daughter struggles with extreme anxiety and early onset of clinical depression. She’s down on herself, a lot. It got even worse after she was bullied a few years ago. I wanted to write something that I would have wanted to read to her while her struggles were the biggest.”
I also asked her what she hopes children will get out of reading ‘You’ll Always Be Enough’:
” I want kids to know how special they are. There is not a child in the world that isn’t worth loving. We all have things we wish we could change, but I’d love for kids to feel differently. I want them to feel empowered and confident.”
Laura says her book can help parents talk with their children:
“The book does a great job of opening a door to discussions. It’s intended to be read together as a family. I suggest parents talk to their kids about what makes them special, and things they love about themselves.”
The book targets children between the age of four and nine:
“Toddlers and preschoolers love the pictures and rhymes, but don’t quite understand the concept. Therefore, it’s perfect for the entire family – but the concepts are more k-4.”
And so to the future? What does Laura hope to achieve?
“My dream is to publish a series of children’s books that contain uplifting messages while giving 10% of net profits to organizations working with kids dealing with mental illness. You’ll Always Be Enough” is the first step in realizing that dream.”
*I was given a free copy of ‘You’ll Aways Be Enough’ for review purposes. No other compensation was received for this blog post and all opinions are my own. Links to the book are affiliate links.*