Unstoppable Me! and No Excuses! Mental Health Awareness Month

Unstoppable Me!  10 Ways to Soar Through Life, is written by Dr. Wayne Dyer, with Kristina Tracy, and is published by Hay House, Inc.   The illustrations by Stacy Heller Budnick, are colorful and enchanting.  Although Dr. Dyer would like the concepts in his books introduced to children as early as two years of age, I believe kids ages  4 to 8 years, benefit most– and parents.  This book is based on Dr. Dyer’s adult book What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

Dr. Dyer has effectively used rhyme in a fun way to communicate the 10 concepts in his book.   It is a heartwarming  book that encourages kids to become the most that they can be.    He begins with “You’re great-no matter what,  persistence pays off, welcome to the unknown, you have a choice, farewell to worry, peace begins with you, enjoy the here-and-now, healthy me, creativity is the key, and what can you give.”    Dyer’s messages build such positive self-esteem for children, in ways that a child will easily and eagerly understand.  For example he says, “change is a good thing and if you embrace it instead of fear it, life will always be an adventure.”    His challenge to children is to think about what “you can give and not what you can get.”   At the end of the book is a very important section where children and parents can answer questions about how they might handle a situation.  A great way for a parent to learn about what is on their child’s mind. 

No Excuses!: How What You Can Say Can Get in Your Way  is another book written by Dr. Wayne Dyer with Kristina Tracy and illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick.  It is for children 4 to 8 years of age. 

This is a  story about a boy who loves turtles and wants to become a marine biologist,  but isn’t supported and encouraged by those around him.  He begins to doubt himself  and gives up on his dream saying  “I’m not smart enough…it’s too hard…it will take too long and cost too much .”   While visiting an aquarium, the boy meets a marine biologist who changes his life,  and gives him the first encouragement he needs to begin to work through his excuses and gain self-confidence.  This book delivers a  powerful message.  It’s well-suited for parents and teachers to use with children, to help them name the excuses they make that prevent them from reaching their full potential.  As with all Dr. Dyer’s books, there is a list and a quiz at the end where kids can discuss whether a sentence is an excuse.

I believe we are undergoing a major paradigm shift in how we teach our children.  Children are so open and receptive to new thoughts and ideas.  Dr. Dyer’s book would be great tools for teachers to use with pre-schoolers through elementary.   After giving this more thought, it would be good for parents to start introducing his books at age two, and continue to read them repeatedly through elementary school.   What better way to affirm your child’s greatness, encourage possibility and reach their full potential.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

6 thoughts on “Unstoppable Me! and No Excuses! Mental Health Awareness Month

  1. Loved your Post Pat, and these two books are so colourful with powerful messages. They are such postive feeling books, so full of all the good things children should be feeling and experiencing, albeit “No Excuses” does learn this in the end. Yes I agree with you Pat from two years of age upward would be well worth it in the long run for children having these read to them regularly. Yes children are such sponges and open to all manner of learning. I empathise with the feelings of the boy with the turtle in his self doubting. These are lovely books Pat, thanks for sharing.


    • Dr. Wayne Dyer is very well-known her for his inspirational and spritiually movtivated books. I love that he has taken some of his adult books and distilled specific message for kids. I think they are good parent books. If a parent is reading and discussing these picture books, it becomes a family effort to work together. A friend of mine’s grandson, is always asking her, “Now grandma, is that an excuse,” when she can’t do something. Great tool for parents, grandparents and teachers. Thanks for your comments and I’m glad you enjoyed the books.


  2. One thing I have discovered in reading so many picture books these past months is that the messages really speak to me. I really think books like these two, Pat, will touch the readers’ hearts as much as their listeners, which is great. I still need to know “I am great no matter what” and in this awesome adventure of becoming an author, I certainly need to know “No excuses.”!!

    I really like the focus of these two books and loved your amendment to recommend starting young!


    • Yes, I found myself asking myself thinking about the concepts as I read the books and wrote my reviews, and how they apply to me. Since the books are based on Dyer’s adult books, I find them a great reminder of what is important — and much easier to read more frequently. Loved how you used “I am great no matter what” and “no excuses.” We can all benefit from those concepts as aspiring writers. We have our moments of doubt and when we give energy to those thoughts, they are harmful to us. Thus the major point of his book.


  3. I wish that “Unstoppable Me” had been available when I was a small child! What a good way to instill a healthy self-esteem in children.

    I will be looking for these books for myself — and to share with the kids at the rehab hospital that is my current favorite place to give books. The positive messages inherent in both books would be so great for kids who are dealing with extra challenges in their lives.

    I love Joanna’s take on how these books can be encouragement for us as aspiring writers.


    • Actually Beth, I had you in mind when I decided to review both of these books. I eve thought to include your comment to me about mental health vs mental illness, as I thought it was spot on. I knew you’d like some of the other Dyer books. In reviewing his books, I had difficulty deciding which tags to use. I see them as spiritual, inspirational and psychological. But, I’m cautious about including spiritual in my tags. Those are the books I tend to gravitate towards most when reading to children. Actually, I see the books as quick adult readers to pick up an ponder from time to time — especially since they are based on his adult books. Yes, I wish I had someone encouraging me as a small child — even books like the “Unstoppable Me!”, or “Incredible You!”” would have been a boost to my self-confidence and self-esteem as a child. Yes, Joanna’s comment was great — we can use the encouragement as writers when we doubt ourselves.


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