Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff For Teens

Author: Richard Carlson
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 Lightner
ISBN: 9780786885978
Page Count: 242
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 9/6/2000
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