Raising Confident Kids: Riley Can Be Anything

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a little girl, I always imagined that I’d become Miss America. I had dreams of walking across the stage with a sparkling crown on my head, waving to my fans while the cameras flashed.

While I didn’t become a beauty queen, there was never a doubt in my mind that I couldn’t. My parents and other role models in my life made sure that I had the confidence to pursue my dreams. Trailblazers like Trinidad’s  Janelle Penny Comissiong, the first black Miss Universe paved the way, and Wendy Fitzwilliams followed, winning the title for Trinidad in 1998. They made me believe that I had a chance to make my dreams come true.

Raising confident kids starts making them believe in themselves first.

Raising Kids to Be Confident

With her newest book, former entertainment writer Davina Hamilton is showing children everywhere that they can be whatever they dream.

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The British writer and mom inspires kids with Riley Can Be Anything, the story of a little brown boy who learns that he can be anything he wants to be.

Author Davina Hamilton

Riley isn’t sure what he wants to be when he’s older, but his older cousin Joe helps him explore things he can do when he’s grown up. “Riley looks up to Joe and Joe serves as a positive role model for Riley, encouraging him that he can be anything if he puts his mind to it,” says Hamilton.

Seeing positive representations of themselves on television and in books gives kids the confidence they need to achieve their dreams–especially children of color. “It’s well documented that black boys can often be dealt a poor hand in society, whether it’s in the education system, representation in the media or the result of negative racial stereotypes,” Hamilton said. “Positive imagery, be it in books, on television or through real life role models is important to counter those obstacles and instill a sense of self-worth in these young boys.”

Whether Riley decides to be a chef like his Uncle Ted, a doctor like Uncle Dan, or a pilot like his Great Grandad Frank, he knows one thing for sure–that he can be anything.

Want to raise a confident kid? Make sure they know that they can be anything they want to be! Get a copy of Riley Can Be Anything at davinahamilton.com.

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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  1. June 3, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Raising confident kids is something that I want for my children. Having a child that was born with facial deformities I never want her to not be confident in the fact that she is beautiful! And with the deformities and developmental delays we (my husband and I) encourage her and my son daily so they will be sure and confident in themselves!

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      That’s awesome, Carissa! Every child is a special gift and we should remind them of it daily.

  2. June 3, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    I’m gonna i have to checkout these books I have a 10 month old and this books seem like something we will both enjoy thanks for sharing.

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Absolutely, Autum. I think he’ll love a book that features a boy who looks like him.

  3. June 3, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing about the book. I agree that confidence of our kids can be developed if we let them know that they can be whatever they dream to become.

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Yes! A positive self image begins with us.

  4. June 4, 2017 / 1:34 am

    I wanted to be a pediatrician or a lawyer. I accomplished my goals because I had positive role models that believed in me and encouraged me to strive for whatever I wanted in life. I do my best to instill those same values in my kids. I pray they are sinking in. Thanks for the post.

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Having the right kind of role models can change everything!

  5. June 6, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I wanted to be a veterinarian. Now I’m just going through paths and changes. My parents always believed in me and gave me the confidence I have today. I definitely helped me stay strong over the years!

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      You still can, Amber! Parents help to lay the foundation that inspires us to keep trying.

  6. Aija
    June 7, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Sounds like a cute book!! More importantly this is exactly how parents should encourage their kids interests.

    • June 8, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Right, AIja! My son may not ever become a detective superhero reporter, but I love that he has the confidence to try.

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