How to Raise Confident Kids With Actress/Author Jazmyn Simon

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Jazmyn Simon

Jazmyn Simon is an actress who is best known for her roles in "Ballers," "Raising Dion," and "Locked Down."

She’s also an author. She wrote a children’s book called "Most Perfect You," which is a letter to children who are struggling to accept themselves. It was inspired by a conversation Jazmyn had with her daughter when she was young.

Why Jazmyn Simon Is Mentally Strong

In a world where we’re often cautioned about complimenting kids for their appearance, Jazmyn offers an alternative perspective. She talks about how your appearance is the first thing other people notice—and it’s OK to feel good about your body just the way it is.

She also talks about the importance of modeling self-love for young people and the challenges that this can bring for parents. 

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • The conversation that sparked the idea for the book and why Jazmyn felt she needed to write that book now
  • Why she thinks it’s important to talk to kids about their appearance
  • How she gets her kids to open up to her
  • How to instill healthy confidence in kids
  • How self-love prevents bullying
  • The strategies we can use to model healthy self-confidence
  • How we can all learn to love ourselves a little more

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

There are a lot of misconceptions about self-confidence and mental strength. Sometimes, there’s an assumption that the person who works out for countless hours every day must love themselves. But from the outside, it’s sometimes impossible to tell. 

Is that person taking care of their body because they love themselves or are they trying to change their body so they can finally feel ‘good enough?'

True self-love involves a combination of self-acceptance and self-improvement. You can love yourself for who you are now while recognizing that there’s room for improvement.

Quotes From Jazmyn

Jazmyn Simon

You are worthy and you are special and strong and beautiful just the way you are.

— Jazmyn Simon
  • "I am strong. I am brave. I am handsome. I am gifted. We go through these things every single day because I want it to be a small voice in the back of my children's heads."
  • "Someone that's full of love doesn't bully."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.