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Don't Sweat The Small Stuff For Teens

Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times
Paperback Book
September, 2000
$21.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Anyone who thinks teens have it easy hasn’t been to a high school recently. Kids are dealing with stress in just about every facet of their lives: academics, sports, social situations, family life, money matters, even work. Now Richard Carlson, author of the Don’t Sweat series of books, applies the same techniques to teens that have made his other books excellently helpful reading for anyone coping with life’s everyday challenges. In straight language, he addresses common teen concerns with “grokkable” bite-size chapters such as:

ª  Make Peace with your Mistakes

ª  Be Creative in your Rebellion

ª  Be Okay with You Bad Hair Day

ª  Turn Down the Drama Meter

ª  Notice yer Parents Doing Things Right

ª  Listen to Those Wake-Up Calls

ª  Dish Out Praise... and many more, a hundred in all. In a chapter called “Make Space in your Heart for those Really Bad Days,” Carlson writes:

Being accepting of an occasional really bad day is no different from being accepting of an occasional rainy day. Most of us don’t freak out when we see rain: instead, we accept it. Same thing with a really bad day... Without acceptance, it’s easy to convince yourself that “this always happens” and that your life is somehow falling apart.

There’s plenty of life wisdom coming through this friendly voice. You’ll like it.

Publisher’s Description: 

Richard Carlson has written numerous books encouraging folks not to"sweat the small stuff", and his title for teens is as warm, wise, and witty ashis previous works. His tone is one of an older family friend who manages toadvise while still maintaining the minimum level of coolness that teens requirefrom those who intend to guide them into adulthood. With 100 different chapters, each just a few pages in length, this littlebook works especially well as a bedside companion or tucked in a backpack forthe morning commute to school. Each chapter is devoted to a single, simple ideasuch as "trust your inner signals" and "root for the underdog," and plenty ofreal-life examples from teens are used to illustrate principles. In the secondchapter, a teen volunteering at an animal shelter is used to show how just oneperson can make a difference, as she takes the time for one more phone call thatresults in saving a dog's life. The concepts are appropriate for both early highschool students and new graduates--who doesn't need an occasional reminder to"be ok with your bad hair day"? Incorporating sports, theater, literature, videogames, teachers, and parents into stories make these examples accessible to kidsof all interests, and a sprinkling of tales from the author's own teenage yearsadds an effective personal note. With plenty of suggestions for addingactivities into a teen's life--volunteer opportunities in particular--your childmay even feel encouraged to seek out new forms of positive expression simply forthe joy of the activity, rather than the old standbys of "my friends are doingit" or "I need it to get into college." --Jill LightnerRichard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff titles are #1 national best-sellers, with over 12 million copies in print. Now he turns his attention to showing teens how not to let the small things in life get them down. Teens (and their parents) will learn how not to stress out about homework, peer pressure, dating, and other potentially difficult areas.

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