Drum Roll, Please! Big Announcement…

It is with great pleasure and delight that I announce the very first book from Jennifer S. Miller and this site: Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence in Ourselves and Our Kids — From Toddlers to Teenagers. 

When I asked fifty parents in a neighborhood Mom’s Club the question: “what one issue do you want to read a parenting book about?” – they responded: big feelings – mine and my child’s. How do we deal with them and promote confidence and emotional intelligence? So that’s precisely what this book is about. 

Here are some numbers that tell a bit about the journey I’ve taken to publishing a book. I’ve:

  • blogged each week for over seven nearly eight years for a total of 481 posts;
  • developed nine distinctly different, full book proposals (about one per year) over that time;
  • surveyed countless (and of the ones I did count – 150!) parents to learn what they care most about and what keeps them up at night;
  • researched, wrote, and sent out specifically targeted query letters to 46 literary agents with mostly rejections, no response, or non-committal interest;
  • landed with my 47th – Tina Wainscott of the Seymour Agency – I am so grateful for you!!!!
  • conducted research with partners Shannon Wanless and Roger Weissberg to demonstrate the essential link between parenting and social and emotional learning (which is highlighted in this book);
  • expanded audience reach from family, friends, and collaborators to 22,000 followers and views in 152 countries and growing; and
  • engaged in countless collaboration discussions and projects with readers, contributors, researchers, educators, and other professionals who care about making a difference in the lives of families.

Last summer, I entered into a partnership with literary agent Tina Wainscott who took a look at my book proposal and instead of trying to reshape it to fit a pop culture view of what works in publishing, she encouraged me to deeply infuse it with everything that Confident Parents, Confident Kids has always been about. So I’ve been able to write and fully illustrate the book of my dreams, the one in which I tell the stories of our community, of our dialogue with one another about ways in which we can become more confident in our parenting and raise confident kids with small, simple, everyday practices that are tied to research. These practices promote kids’ and parents’ social and emotional development and as a result, offer ways to cultivate their inner resources and thrive. Quarto Publishing and the Trade Winds Press team not only loved the content and its potential to help parents but also, loved the illustrations and supported the development of a full-color book!

Thank you, Tina Wainscott, Amanda Waddell, Todd Conly, David Martinell and the whole team at Quarto/Trade Winds Press for making this possible — and doing it collaboratively. I am also especially grateful to my family – extended and immediate – who supported me through this intense process. I am grateful to CASEL and Roger Weissberg for the rigor and research you put into the social and emotional learning framework that is the backbone of this work. I am grateful to partner Shannon Wanless for her heart and mind and passion in collaborating on moving this work forward. I am grateful to the NBC team – Esta, Jamie, and Gabbi – for your rich partnership and expanding my reach! And to the many other CPCK collaborators pictured here, I thank you! And thank you, reader, for your role in making this possible! This book would not exist without your readership and participation in this critical dialogue!

I hope you’ll share this great news with anyone you know who is interested in reading about parenting! Here’s more on the book:

Confident Parents, Confident Kids lays out an approach for helping parents—and the kids they love—hone their emotional intelligence so that they can make wise choices, connect and communicate well with others (even when patience wears thin), and become socially competent and confident human beings.

How do we raise a happy, confident kid? And how can we be confident that our parenting is preparing our child for success?
Our confidence develops from understanding and having mastery over our emotions — and helping our children do the same. Like learning to play a musical instrument, we can fine-tune our ability to skillfully react to those big feelings that naturally arise from our child’s constant growth and changes, moving from chaos to harmony. We want our children to trust that they can conquer any challenge with hard work and persistence; that they can love boundlessly; that they will find their unique sense of purpose; and they will act wisely in a complex world. This book shows you how.
With author and educator Jennifer Miller as your supportive guide, you’ll learn:
  • The myths we’ve been told about emotions, how they shape our choices, and how we can reshape our parenting decisions in better alignment with our deepest values.
  • How to identify the temperaments your child was born with so you can support those tendencies rather than fight them.
  • How to align your biggest hopes and dreams for your kids with specific skills that can be practiced, along with new research to support those powerful connections.
  • About each age and stage your child goes through and the range of learning opportunities available.
  • How to identify and manage those big emotions (that only the parenting process can bring out in us!) and how to model emotional intelligence for your children.
  • How to alter challenging patterns we fall into responding to turnaround even our toughest moments into teachable ones.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble NOW. The actual release date will be November 5, 2019.

6 Comments on “Drum Roll, Please! Big Announcement…”

  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! KUDOS to you to my very talented coach and friend!! What wonderful things happen when hard work and tenacity intersect with genuine brilliance and class. Wow!!!!!


    • Emily, Can’t tell you how much your support means!!!! I so appreciate it! I have learned so much from working with you since you bring so much emotional intelligence and reflective care to your parenting! GREAT to run into you and Katie this morning. A shot of goodness! I so appreciate your friendship! Best, Jennifer

  2. Hallo Jennifer,

    Will your book also become available on Amazon.de or amazon.co.uk for pre-order?

    Reading your post about your book, I wanted to pre-order it right away. Have been waiting for a book from you forever. But shipment from the US to the Netherlands is not cheap, so I wanted to pre-order like I usually do through the german or ik Amazon site. But I could not find your book on neither.

    Thank you for updating me on the above. Sandra Sikma

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  3. Congratulations, Jennifer! I am inspired by your courage, honesty and perseverance. I look forward to reading the book in the fall, and sharing it with schools and parent communities. Thank you for all you do to help us be better parents.

    • Lorea, Oh thank you so much for your generous words! I so admire the work you do with schools and know you make a difference in so many educators’ and children’s lives! Hoping to catch you at one of the SEL conferences so that we can meet in person — Baltimore or Chicago??? Hoping! Thanks again! Best, Jennifer

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