Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out

Focused, confident, resilient, and compassionate — what more could parents want for their kids?

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Hewitt_Create Space mechanical-09-06-13.inddUnder the tremendous pressure and influence of peers and media today, children are being conditioned to follow the American Happiness Formula: Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval = Happiness. Yet rather than offering fulfillment and confidence, this outwardly based quest is causing alarming rates of childhood stress, anxiety, and depression. Life Ki-do Parenting provides the antidote, giving you the techniques to help your child find true and lasting happiness from within.

Integrating twenty years of experience teaching life skills and martial arts to thousands of children, twenty-five years of mindfulness and meditation study, and data and research from modern psychology and neuroscience, Jonathan Hewitt developed the Tools for Life system made up of four powerful components:

  • River Check-In for improving focus
  • River Effort for building confidence and a strong sense of self
  • A-B Formula for developing resilience when facing life’s challenges
  • My Shoes, Your Shoes, Our Shoes for cultivating social intelligence

These four original tools empower children with the critical skills they need to thrive today and into adulthood. Going beyond concept and theory, they give you kid-friendly vocabulary and a simple process for helping your children look inward to monitor themselves rather than looking outward to others for their validation and self-worth. What greater peace can you have as a parent than knowing you have given your child the roots and wings to successfully navigate their way through life?

Praise for Life Ki-do Parenting

“It didn’t take me long to get hooked reading this must-have guidebook for parents who want to help their children combat peer pressure and bullying. Unlike other temporary, band-aid solutions, this book will truly help your child develop the kind of inner confidence and resilience that cannot be bullied away. Children will love the simple, empowering strategies.” —Jane Nelsen Ed.D., author of Positive Discipline

“The Hewitts have created a reasoned, empathic and wise guide to preparing all children to mature into happy, healthy, and resilient adults. This is a book I will highly recommend.”—Sam Goldstein Ph.D., co-author of Raising Resilient Children

“Being a parent today is not easy, but Life Ki-do can make it easier! Using easy-to-understand analogies, it helps parents and children understand better ways to deal with both failure and success and build better relationships with others.” —Jean M. Twenge, PhD, author of Generation Me and The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant

“This book is for any parent concerned about building their child’s self-esteem (what parent isn’t?) but not with trophies, stickers and ‘good job’ accolades. The Hewitts understand where true self-esteem comes from and offer clear, easy, and kid-friendly steps for guiding even the shyest child toward self-confidence and assertiveness first by accepting and acknowledging whatever life puts in front of them. This is where education should start. If it did we would be raising communities of kind, responsible, caring citizens.” —Bonnie Harris, director of Connective Parenting, author of Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids and When Your Kids Push Your Buttons  

“This book is a breath of fresh air. Jonathan and Lana Hewitt give parents practical, easy to implement strategies to give kids what they need most – happiness from the inside out.  Highly recommended for any parent who wants to foster internal motivation and prepare their kids to handle the challenges of life with resilience, confidence and courage.” —Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…