Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Idea For Kids That Builds Self Esteem For Teens And Tweens: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein's 'Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' Now Available

Holstein's book uses Positive Psychology concepts in an engaging work of fiction for teens and tweens that helps 5th and 6th graders build self esteem

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist and author is a leading authority on building self esteem.   Her latest work 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween', can serve as a Holiday gift that will provides something very few gifts for kids can provide - important self esteem concepts and principles.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, one of the originators of Positive Psychology for women and girls, has been a pioneer in the field of positive psychology with her fictional diary, 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween'.  It may be the first fiction for tweens that is intentionally embedded with positive psychology concepts on almost every page.  It read easily as a tween's diary, her ups and downs, her crushes and her problems. It is loaded with the best of positive psychology principles.  Embedded in the girl's diary pages are such concepts as: hope, resiliency, courage, perseverance, loving kindness, cognitive flexibility, problem solving skills, recognition of one's strengths, talents and potential, adaptive skills and more.

"I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!" "I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night." "My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!" "I have so many questions about growing up.  Who will answer them?" "I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me." "When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away."

"Growing up is tough," Dr. Holstein stated. "Adults don't always understand you (even though they were once kids), and girls and tweens face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way."

"Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth is a perfect Holiday Gift.  In an easy read, it gives young girls an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?"

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, 'The Truth' is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

Feedback for the new book has been positive from both educators and readers. One 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."

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."

Another stated, "I was back there with her! Things I had forgotten--this book took me back. I was crying out of joy--such sweet memories."

'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' is available to teachers and educators at no charge upon request. Dr. Holstein can be contacted by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information on Dr. Holstein and her work is available at her website at


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.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
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