Lisa Pepper-Satkin has witnessed firsthand the magic that happens when a foundation of self-esteem and self-confidence is set with kids at a young age, both in her practice and via practical application. She created the first HeartyKid toy for a kindergarten girl, Ella, who was scared to raise her hand in class. She told her that if she practiced being brave, she’d make her a surprise. Ella was determined to embody bravery, while Lisa sewed together the first HeartyKid for her that read “I AM BRAVE” on the front. This not only celebrated Ella’s bravery, but reminded her that her words and thoughts have power–and that she could be and feel anything she set her mind to! Seeing how HeartyKid catalyzed Ella’s self confidence and bravery in the classroom and beyond, Lisa began giving HeartyKids, along with “how to” guides, to teachers at her daughters’ school with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
As a mom and a therapist, Lisa created HeartyKid from both halves of her brain. Her mom brain saw a girl that was suffering and an opportunity to help her heal, while 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 providing a way to nurture self-esteem and emotional security beginning at a young and extremely vulnerable age.
*HeartyKid was originally designed for elementary school girls, but has been shown to work wonders for kids of all ages and genders, beginning at 5 years old.
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.