Local mum gives the gift of confidence for Christmas
Ife Thomas, mum of 2, is set to donate 100 “Confidence Stars” to local schools to give children the gift of confidence not just for Christmas, but for life.
The concerned mother of two, whose oldest son was diagnosed with autism, was afraid for his future. In 2017, it was reported that one in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental health disorder and she was determined for that not to happen to her children.
Keen to build her children’s self-esteem and resilience, she developed “The Confidence Star” which is a mirror in the shape of a star with the words inscribed:
I am Somebody!
I am good enough!
I can do anything!
I like myself!
Saying the words twice daily whilst looking at the reflection of themselves, Ife’s children have experienced vast improvements in communication, self-belief and overall happiness. The success of the star led her to market it to the public and her creation is now championed by mental health professionals.
She is donating 100 stars to SEN, mainstream schools and Action for Children centres during December. Ife will be attending school assemblies, introducing the concept of the star, explaining the science behind positive self-talk and installing them in each classroom.
Ife explains “I believe that every child has a gift and it’s for us parents and educators to ensure they have the confidence to peruse their dreams. I feel that Christmas is a great time to spread as much joy and happiness as possible which is why I’m donating the confidence stars.”
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