Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lesson Plan That Teaches Self Esteem For Teens And Tweens: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein Offers 'Diary Of A Gutsy Tween'

Holstein's book uses Positive Psychology concepts embedded in an engaging work of fiction that helps 5th and 6th graders build self esteem based on real world scenarios

 Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist and author of is offering no charge copies of her latest work 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween', to educators teach important self esteem concepts and principles.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, one of the mothers 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.

All the life events that all of us go through to grow up are there.  This is not a fabricated story.  It is based on Dr. Holstein's many years of clinical and school experience.  All the turmoil, frustrations and longings of a tween are expressed by the girl in her diary.

The difference in this book and other reads for tweens is two-fold: 1. Any teacher, parent or guidance counselor can jump in on any page in the book and use it for productive discussions with tweens.  2. The girl herself leaves the reader of any age hopeful and happy.

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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