Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lesson Plan For Teachers: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein Offers 'Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' To Help 5th and 6th Graders Build Self Esteem

Lesson plans and teaching aids can be found everywhere. Few offer ways to build self esteem that are based in real world scenarios. Dr. Holstein believes building self esteem is of the highest priority today

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist and author of 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' is offering no charge copies of her latest work to educators who want to help 5th and 6th grade students build self esteem.

Dr. Holstein commented: "I wrote 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween', so that any elementary school teacher could open up to just about any page, read it aloud to her class, and start a great discussion about the issue or issues brought up by the girl on that page.  Everything is discussed in her diary: a first crush, her emotions and longings, growing up, parents fighting, school anxieties, problems with best friends, bullying, fear of moving to a new town, sibling rivalry, anxiety about illness, how to navigate growing up, etc.  As a positive psychologist I see such a need for this type of fiction, where teachers and students can immediately jump in to the trials, tribulations and successes of a fictional character and use her reactions to life as building blocks for self-esteem growth and personal understanding of the typical issues we all face as we move from childhood into the tweens."

The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press. Dr. Holstein's book is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Dr. Holstein has received very positive feedback from both readers and educators. One young reader stated, "The minute my friend told me about your book I started to read it and I absolutely loved your book! I really liked how you didn't include the girls name so we could try to make it up our selves. I also liked how she said her thoughts and you can totally picture how she feels. Please email me back."

An educator stated, ""As a teacher I was looking for a book that addressed many issues girls ages 9 to 12 may incur. This book certainly opens up communication between a mother and her daughter, and in doing so it also bridges the gap between other adults, as well....I am looking forward to implementing this easy read book into my classroom in order to impress upon my students how to gain some very necessary coping skills to carry with them in their lives."

 Dr. Holstein is making the book available to teachers and educators upon request. She can be contacted by email at drbarbara@enchantedself.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.

‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ is in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ received rave reviews as an inspirational storybook. ‘DELIGHT’ is available in two versions, paperback and a CD that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Other works include ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’, now re-issued and expanded as 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween,' 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’ and 'Around Every Corner: Romance And Mystery . . . '


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740