Lisa Pepper-Satkin, MFT, a Licensed Psychotherapist and Executive Therapeutic Coach, has witnessed firsthand the magic that happens when a foundation of self-esteem and self-confidence is set with kids at a young age. She created the first HeartyKid doll for a kindergarten girl, Ella, who was scared to raise her hand in class.
Ella, the original HeartyKid, 5
Lisa told Ella that if she practiced being brave, she’d make her a surprise. She then sewed together the first HeartyKid for that girl, which said “I AM BRAVE” on the front. It was to acknowledge Ella’s bravery and remind her that her words have power and that Ella could be anything she set her mind to. Lisa eventually gave toys to the teachers at her kids’ school, Lu Sutton in Novato, California, along with guidance on how to use them. The feedback from the teachers was overwhelmingly positive, and Lisa knew she had to make more. With that, the foundation for HeartyKid — a fun, simple way to help kids build their self-love — was born.
As a mom and a therapist, Lisa created this program from both halves of her brain. Her mom brain saw a girl that was suffering and an opportunity to help her heal. Her therapist brain went into action and education mode. The result is an integrated, balanced program that taps into the practical elements needed for growth while nurturing self-esteem and emotional security from a young and extremely vulnerable age.