Working in Partnership with Local Businesses
I am incredibly excited to announce my brand-new story project. What is so extraordinary about my story ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’ is it combines my own personal experience of teaching children, with the transformational power of self-belief. Working with young children as an experienced Primary School Teacher has given me real-life insight into children’s behaviours. It is clear that so many children are suffering with their mental health from a very young age. My project aims to tackle this head-on from children as young as 3 up to 11 years and beyond!
A synopsis of ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’
My brand-new story ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’ focuses on a 7-year-old who just can’t seem to see the good in herself. With the help of a teacher and some magic spectacles they give her an insight to her inner-self. Sophie sees the amazing connection we have to one another and that we all have a gift that makes us shine! Sophie regains her self-esteem and can see that she has the power to reach her dreams! The very powerful message in this story is that we all have one life and we are magnificent. We can be the best version of ourselves if we can just change the way we think!
Sophie is based on a little girl I used to teach at a small village school in Shropshire! I have adapted her character to really focus on how we can transform our self-esteem!
I am excited to work with local businesses that are keen to support my world-wide project to improve and transform children’s mental health.
My mission is so exciting because my story will be promoted to a world-wide audience. Local businesses will be supporting a local author. The publication of my story will help to support thousands of local children in Primary Schools across Shropshire and beyond to teach self-esteem workshops! The generosity of local businesses will be helping to spread my important message to the world, that we are all magnificent and we can do anything we desire, if we could only change the way we think!
I’m looking for businesses who would like to support me to raise £5000 to transform children’s self-esteem on both a national and international level! This will help to publish and market my story to an international audience.
I will also be donating 10% of funds raised to the charity Partnership for Children. This is an independent charity which promotes the mental health and emotional well-being of children around the world.
I aim to start the funding project in September and to have the story ready for launch and promotion in November 2018.
Low Self-Esteem in children
Before the age of 6 children have encountered so many experiences of things going wrong at home, at school, with friends and family. The situations can be misinterpreted by young children and they blame themselves for situations they have no control over. For example: children can call each other names and this initiates the belief that the name calling words used are true. As more incidents happen children have built up an idea in their heads that they are not good enough. Then when faced with other situations, children scan for new reasons why they are not good enough. This becomes a pattern if it is not talked about early on in a child’s life. Children have high self-doubt and the problem becomes self-fulfilling. They are frequently misinterpreting situations and the belief is cemented in their self-perception! (Supported by Dr Joe Rubino, Author & International expert on self-esteem)
Mental Health Statistics 2018
“The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.”
“Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.”
There is growing concern about the rising rates of mental illness in children and young people, for whom suicide is one of the leading causes of death. One in 10 children between the ages of five and 16 has a clinically diagnosable mental problem, and many go into adulthood with serious unresolved problems. Indeed 50% of mental health problems in adults were identifiable by the age of 14.
(The Guardian –Together we can stop children’s mental health services being cut. 27th February 2018.)
The world we live in today has social constructs that try and fit our children into certain categories. This does not allow our children to express themselves freely and become their true authentic selves and live their truth. There is a real absence in the curriculum about teaching children about how they think and how it can affect their performance in all areas of their life. What we choose to think about in our daily lives is reflected in everything we do and how we live.
In this ever-changing world we live in, we must equip our children with the skills they need to thrive and flourish. Enlightening children with the tools they need to support themselves through the hard times, times of change and also through times of great happiness and achievement! Children should benefit from our experiences and unique gifts!
“It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are.” (EE Cummings)
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Three key daily activities to introduce into your daily routine
- Attitude of Gratitude – Say out loud at least 5 things you are thankful for in your life upon awakening.
- Affirmations – Practice speaking out loud. These are very powerful and help you to believe what you say.
Some examples are: I have the power to create change. I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness. I can. I will. End of story. I am adventurous. I overcome fears by following my dreams. I feed my spirit, I train my body, I focus my mind
- Self-reflection – Pick 3 things that went well that day. Reflect on how it made you feel/others feel. Pick one thing that you could do tomorrow even better!
My Own Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
“There is no passion to be found in playing small. In settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living!” (Nelson Mandela)
Through my own journey of self-discovery and personal growth I have been truly inspired to follow my life purpose as an inspirational children’s author. I taught for many years as a Primary School Teacher. I love working with children and helping them flourish. I want to share my talents and ideas in service to others. It is my commitment as a children’s author to support as many schools and reach as many children and families as possible with my stories.
My Life Purpose
My message for children through my story ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’ is to celebrate your uniqueness. Accept your flaws and shine a light on them. It is our imperfections that make us perfect! I want to support children to uncover their dreams, their passions and embrace their strengths. To be who they are and to love who they are! Children all have something special to offer. At a time of great climate and environmental change, poverty, health and economic crisis and war in the middle-east, our world needs us more than ever and is depending on us! We need children who have high self-esteem and are the innovators and game changers of our future!
“Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy.”
(Dr Andrea Pennington, Author, Speaker and Visionary)
I am working with the incredibly talented illustrator – Lisa Williams. I have added a couple of sketches to bring Sophie to life!
Sponsoring Sophie’s Spectacles
As a thank you for being a part of such a life-changing project, local businesses will be acknowledged for their generosity and featured in the publication of my story. There will be a range of sponsorship tiers for companies to choose. All companies will receive a signed copy of the story. There will be different rewards for sponsorship. Some examples are:
- A company logo featured in the publication.
- A number of signed copies of my story.
- A chance to feature in PR surrounding the launch of my story.
- An invite to the book launch as a thank you and opportunity to promote the company.
If you would like to be a part of this incredible story project, please contact:
To find out more about my work please visit:
I can’t wait for ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’ to be read by millions of children world-wide! Here’s to being the best version of yourself!
With my very best wishes,
Sarah Griffiths (Children’s Author)
Enriching young minds