When I failed high school for the second time, I thought my life was over. And when the only job I could get, was hosing out dog shit in the kennels at the local dog’s refuge home, everything I feared was confirmed. Bad grades = I’m a failure.No education = I’ll only ever have meaningless … Continue reading Why self acceptance is more important than success
I've been wanting to share this awesome news for a while and now I can! In a fantastic acknowledgement of the growing importance of children's emotional and mental health, The ABIA awarding winning It's OK to Feel the Way You Do is now part of popular children's educational website Story Box Library. "Story Box Library … Continue reading Big News! My books are on Story Box Library!
Even if you don't know what you're doing.Show up. If you don't know where to start or how to do something… ask.Show up. Don’t post or write about your anxiety or how bad life is unless you've pushed through or learned something from it that day.Show up. Your fears, doubt and anxious thoughts will want … Continue reading Show up
If there is anything this Covid19 lockdown, shutdown, meltdown has shown us, it’s the importance of slowing down and appreciating the little things in life. By not being able to stray too far from home and with most people working from the kitchen table in their undies, we’ve been able to notice life can run … Continue reading The case for a 4 day work week
I celebrated the launch of my latest kid's book head down in the veggie garden, vomiting my guts up and I promise it wasn’t because of too many cupcakes and fairy bread. It was anxiety. Not the amazing butterflies in the tummy nerves you get before you step on stage and present to 100 or … Continue reading How launching a book during a pandemic made me sick
I launched My YouTube channel for kids yesterday and it's already gone nuts, growing from 12 subscribers to 88 overnight! These are not your normal 'Author Reads from a Book' videos, I add my own commentary, insights and bad acting to as I go along! And I get to share my key messages of self … Continue reading Josh Langley’s YouTube Channel for kids
If you want to build resilience in kids, there’s one simple, yet powerful thing you can tell them. Its impact will be long lasting and far reaching. Tell them, "You’re important to me and the world." ‘You’re important’, tells children they are not only valued, but they have a role to play in the bigger … Continue reading Want resilient kids? Tell them this.
When I was 10, I was given a dictionary for my birthday. It wasn’t any normal dictionary like the Macquarie or Oxford, it was the Misspellers Dictionary – perfect for kids like me, who couldn’t spell to save themselves. You looked up how you thought a word was spelled, and then the Misspellers Dictionary would … Continue reading The Boy Who Couldn’t Spell
A few years ago, I decided to ditch my award winning radio advertising job, and start taking the message of my children's book, 'Being You is Enough’ to primary school kids across Western Australia. So instead of boardroom niceties, I’ve now get called fat, told I'm old and a liar and I get farted at … Continue reading From the boardroom to the playground, The unconventional life of a children’s author on tour.
As part of WA Mental Health week, I've plucked up the courage to share my personal story. If reading it triggers anything in you, please reach out and talk to someone. Contact numbers are at the end of the article. A life not worth living When I was 15, I tried to take my own … Continue reading The suicide attempt I didn’t tell anyone about