Gratitude – A positive new approach to raising thankful kids

by Dannielle Miller with Vanessa Micken


Do you ever give in and buy your kids stuff they’ve been nagging you for… only to find that they’re still not satisfied?

Do you sometimes worry that children are growing up in a narcissistic and materialistic world?

Do you want to teach your children how they can focus more on what they are thankful for, and less on the negative?

Children are not always very good at saying thank you or feeling grateful. This is because none of us are born understanding gratitude we have to learn and develop it. The good news? There is actually a lot we can do to help nurture thankfulness in our children, and Gratitude is packed with practical, common-sense tips and hints that have been shown to work. It offers a positive new approach to nurturing thankfulness in children by making gratitude an everyday habit of family life.

Instilling gratitude in our children is about so much more than politeness. Gratitude is linked to greater happiness, a more positive outlook on life, stronger social bonds and support networks, and higher achievement. This book shows how fostering gratitude in our children helps them develop the skills they need for fulfilling and successful futures – in their studies, personal lives, and careers.

Buy a copy of Gratitude Now!

Praise for Gratitude – A positive new approach to raising thankful kids

"Thanks, Danni, for being such a positive champion and guide for parents and teachers to help them build gratitude and thoughtfulness in our children so that we can create a more caring and compassionate world for all."

Maggie Dent, parenting and resilience educator, and author

"A must-have for every parent's bookshelf."

Rebecca Sparrow, columnist, author, and speaker

Loveability an Empowered Girl’s Guide to Dating and Relationships

Dannielle Miller, Nina Funnell

Loveability Click here for a free sample chapter

Not into you? Too into you? What happens when feelings aren’t mutual? When to stay and when to go? Can’t handle the heartbreak? Or maybe just sick of being single? In this guide, Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell will help you navigate your way through the often complex world of relationships. Their combination of professional expertise and personal stories delivers a book that is like the best chat you could ever have with your friends, filled with good advice that is smart, but also warm, funny and never judgemental. And determine your love-ability with the help of quizzes, Q&As, compatibility tests and true love checklist.

Buy a copy of Loveability Now!

Praise for Loveability an Empowered Girl’s Guide to Dating and Relationships

"Finally, an empowering advice book for teenage girls. Brilliant and about time. Should be compulsory reading."

Mia Freedman, founder/publisher

"Without shaming or lecturing, and with plenty of wit and warmth, Loveability will help girls carve their own path through the thicket of mixed messages and conflicting advice our culture gives them about love, dating and relationships."

Emily Maguire, author of Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice

"Possibly the first book in the world to treat teenage girls as the responsible, intelligent human beings they (mostly) are."

Jane Caro, author, lecturer and social commentator

"I cannot recommend enough how terrific Loveability is… Perfect guide for teen girls on relationships."

Rebecca Sparrow, Author, Blogger, Columnist

The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo: A girl's guide to claiming her power, Random House

The Girl With The Butterfly Tattoo - Dannielle Miller

Praise for The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo

"In The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo, Danni brings her hard-earned insight directly to the girls themselves. The book's approach to the big issues – body image, drugs and alcohol, sex and love, friendship, school and work – is personal but grounded in evidence. The practical advice is sensible but never prescriptive, and is certainly never delivered from the high horse of moral authority. And the affirmations that close each chapter are to-the-point and have the potential to be genuinely empowering. Danni's voice throughout is that of a trusted, trusting, wise-but-never-superior older sister. You know she won't put up with your crap, but you also know she's got your back. She expects a lot from you, but only because she thinks so very, very much of you.

"In a world where girls hear countless conflicting messages about how they should live and who they should be, Danni Miller is a guiding light. Educator, activist, writer, mother, friend, mentor, feminist – every aspect of Danni's life and being is directed towards helping girls navigate their teen years not only safely but with actual joy. Rather than encourage girls to attempt to avoid pain through making themselves meek and ultra-cautious, Danni encourages them to confront the hard stuff and stomp all over it. She doesn't just want girls to be okay – she wants them to be magnificent and to know it."

Emily Maguire, author of Princesses and Porn Stars and Your Skirt's Too Short

"Finally a book for teenage girls that does not patronise or attempt to police them! The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo empowers teen girls to make their own choices."

Nina Funnell, writer, women's rights advocate and recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission Community (Individual) Award 2010

"In her latest book, The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo: a girl's guide to claiming her power, Miller dispenses commonsense advice to girls . . . about how to navigate the rocky road of adolescent hormones in an unforgiving era."

Miranda Devine

"The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo wants girls to claim the personal power that we know as grown women we need to live life to its full potential. You want girl power? The Spice Girls and Buffy may play and pretend, or even project, that they have it, but The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo shows girls how to grasp and live it for themselves. This girl's guide delves deeply into topics of body image, bullying, binge drinking, friends, school, and everything in between that can and does impact the life of a young girl today. It's never preachy or dumbs these issues and girls' feelings and experiences down, but is also gentle and even loving in its suggestions and affirmations, which girls will relate to."

Julie Parker, Coach, Clinical Counsellor and author of the blog Beautiful You

Danni discussed The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo with channel 9's Mornings:

Review: Illawarra Mercury – Dangerous Times For Teens

Check out chapter one of The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo, "The Battle Within", for free by clicking here.

The Butterfly Effect: A positive new approach to raising happy, confident teen girls, Random House

The Butterfly Effect - Dannielle Miller

Praise for The Butterfly Effect

"A lively, informative and engaging book filled with great advice and resources for both mothers and daughters."

Jean Kilbourne, creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Images of Women film series

"Everyone who loves a young girl must read The Butterfly Effect. Dannielle brilliantly takes the mystery and fear out of raising girls growing up in a culture which doesn't like them very much."

Meg Meeker, M.D., best-selling author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: Ten Secrets Every Father Must Know

"If you want to develop a deeply connected and loving relationship with your teenage daughter, then this book is for you. This is a time when many girls struggle to cope and really need our guidance and support, even though they may not be asking for it! The Butterfly Effect is written with passion and honesty, and offers insightful and practical advice for all parents who want to do more than 'just survive' the teen years!"

Julie Gale, Founder and Director, Kids Free 2B Kids

"Dannielle Miller is not the first person to call attention to these issues, to the phenomenon of girls' lives sometimes falling apart at the very threshold of womanhood . . . But she offers not only insight into adolescent girls as interesting works in progress, but also provides encouragement, solace and solution."

Clinical Professor David Bennett AO FRACP FSAM

"Congratulations to Dannielle Miller for this much-needed resource for parents and teachers. In a culture that has become increasingly saturated with premature sexualisation, bullying, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, The Butterfly Effect equips any parent or teacher with accurate insight and key strategies to help teenage girls navigate today's social landscape. Sharing her own self-disclosures and tips for healthier, happier teens, Dannielle's expertise as educator and mentor to teen girls is obvious to anyone working within the field. In contrast to other books, Dannielle does not take a hysterical nor doomsday approach to current day crises faced by girls – instead her book is one that supports, inspires and transforms its readers into positive role models in teen girls' lives. As a psychotherapist specialising in disordered eating, I highly recommend The Butterfly Effect to anyone wanting to understand how to help teenage girls through the difficult challenges they face today."

Lydia Jade Turner, Managing Director of BodyMatters Australasia

"Dannielle Miller is the teen girl whisperer."

Fran Simpson, teacher and mother of a teen

"I just received my copy of The Butterfly Effect yesterday! I came into the room, and my 13-year-old daughter was reading it, and she said to me: 'This is a really good book, Mum.' Result! I can't wait to read it myself . . . when I can prise it off my daughter."

Charlotte Bayer, mother of a teen girl

"I loved the way that while covering some difficult issues, Dannielle was able to write in an uplifting, positive way, encouraging women and girls to be proactive. My (artistic) husband actually made me a 'journal' in which to write affirmations and other positive thoughts, inspired by this book."

Caitlin Roper, mother of a teen girl

"Dannielle Miller's book is a must-read for all parents of teenage girls. The first thing that literally thumped me in the chest when reading this book was a total awareness and awakening of what is happening to our teenage girls. At a deep level, it resonated with me. The information is real, pertinent and totally relevant. Great work, Dannielle. Thank you for awakening me. Thank you for snapping me to attention and making me want to become a greater part of the solution."

Karen, mother of a teen girl

"This is the book we have been waiting for. It includes the most up-to-date research and finally gives parents positive, sensible strategies they can easily apply."

Dr Michele Beale, general practitioner and stress management specialist

"The Butterfly Effect is a must-have book for parents of teens, written by someone who really knows what the go is with the age group and what to do about it all . . ."

Book Review by website Mother Driven


Visit Random House to read more

Danni discussed The Butterfly Effect with Channel 7's Sunrise: