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The Resilient Teen

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Excellent resource for teens who are struggling and really all teens!  The book uses relatable examples, provides practical and easy to follow advice.  A good resource for both teens and parents of teens.      .
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The Resilient Teen, by Nicola MacDonald is a self-help book for teens focused on stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  This book is written for teenagers however, it is a good read for parents as well. It can assist parents in helping their teens navigate difficult situations and feelings that they will encounter.  This book will teach teens 10 key skills to bounce back from setbacks and turn stress into success.  Many important skills are covered in this book including: caring for your physical health (sleep, diet, exercise), mindfulness, managing depression, managing anxiety, making healthy choices, and being flexible.  These skills are vital for young adults to learn. I highly recommend this book for parents of teenagers, and teenagers.
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The Resilient Teen by Sheela Raja is another great resource book from New Harbinger. #TheResilientTeen #NetGalley
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I've long believed that if you're resilient, life is much easier to handle. Too much resilience can indicate you're not coping with anything, though. I want my children to be resilient, but have emotions, and I often talk about this with.... anyone! I thought this book tackled the topic really well and the ten steps were helpful and implementable (as much as anything ever is with teens, anyway!) I definitely recommend it to all parents.
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Overall I found The Resilient Teen to be a worthwhile read.
It was well structured and written in a way that was easy to understand. It definitely kept the target audience in mind and used appropriate language.
The book felt well researched, current and I appreciated the personal examples, as they really helped connect with the text and recognize oneself. There were many passages that had me nod my head in agreement and think: I tell my kids this ALL THE TIME, but they don't listen. However, maybe if an expert told them it might hold more weight?  Worth a try!
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This is a super fun read. I really enjoyed this one!

Many thanks to the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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Since the beginning of the 2020 COVID pandemic, I've been thinking about my students -- former, current, and future -- and wondering how this whole experience will positively and negatively impact them. I've witness students experience new and old struggles this year, so I've made it a point to incorporate social-emotional learning opportunities here and there. But since so much of that relies on training I don't have, I struggle to find resources that I can trust and that provide students with a comprehensive and easy-to-consume format. But Raja's "The Resilient Teen" has filled that gap for me, and has provided me some resources that I can use either in mini-lessons with a whole group of students or one-on-one with students in my classroom. 

These ten steps range from healthy habits to coping with trauma. There is truly suggestions for all types of struggles students might face in their early adulthood. I appreciated the discussion of PTSD and trauma in relation to resilience; too often, resilience or "grit" is often tossed at students (most notably students of color) as the "cure-all" for solving their mental health needs and provide them academic success. But with this book, I did not get the sense that resilience was a) a one-and-done process and b) a solution for all of life's issues. Resilience is habit that takes time to develop and practice. It will not solve all of your problems, nor will it make you feel instantly better. But by adapting to this mindset, it can make dealing with life's difficult moments just a bit easier.

For me, this book was more of a reference guide that I could use quickly, thanks to the headers and the consistent formatting of chapters. Raja knows her audience, defining key terms at the beginnings of chapters, using relevant examples, and incorporating narratives from the perspective of teenagers. Each chapter also had a flow chart of sorts that brings readers through a series of questions and thought processes that would help build the skills discussed in each chapter. These skills are difficult for students to grasp at their age, as their brain is not done developing, but Raja makes them more transparent and accessible. I predict I will use this book in the future for some direct instruction (particularly on failure, mistakes, and perspective taking).
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Great book! It is especially important in this day and age, when anxiety and depression is so rampant, that kids learn how to be resilient and take control of their mental health. It is so important for parents to give children the tools to develop this necessary resilience. I thought that this book did a great job of that. I liked the format and the points and it is definitely one I will be coming back to as my kids get older.
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a useful and pretty well written book on how to deal with past traumas and stress. I definitely think this would be an interesting book for classes to go through
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