Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years

Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years


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“To grow up strong and confident, girls need connection with kind, competent adults, yet all too often they push that support away. For every parent, teacher, or mentor who has ever wondered, ‘How do I get through to her?’ Lindsay Sealey has given us a wealth of answers in her book Growing Strong Girls.” -Haley Kilpatrick Founder, Girl Talk™, and bestselling author of The Drama Years

Girls today face an astounding degree of pressure to grow up fast. They yearn to connect, but sometimes this yearning turns into negative, even destructive behavioral patterns such as gossiping, being passive aggressive or mean, becoming screen-addicted, or disengaging from school. It's heartbreaking to watch even the most confident little girls disconnect and lose their sparkle as they hit the preteen years.

In Growing Strong Girls, Lindsay Sealey reveals the tremendous power of connection to activate self-awareness, inner strength, and confidence in girls. It all starts with a nurturing and secure connection between you and her.

In this book you'll discover:

  • Why she should avoid frenemies and create a circle of friends

  • How to set healthy boundaries and practise assertive self expression

  • The truth about social media and screens

  • Social emotional learning strategies and lifelong learning habits you can implement at home

  • More than 250 conversation starters, stories, tips, and activities to cultivate connection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928055297
Publisher: LifeTree Media
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,256,003
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lindsay Sealey is a passionate girl advocate. She has worked in curriculum development, consulting, and special education for over 15 years and is the founder and CEO of Bold New Girls, a coaching company for girls and young women and their parents, teachers and caregivers. Lindsay lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych., is the founder of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, a sought-after lecturer, and the author of the bestselling book Discipline Without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction 1

A Note to Readers 10

Part 1 A Girl's Journey Inward

1 Who I Am 14

2 Being True to You 18

Connection Tool: Ten Simple Conversation Starters 22

3 Perfectly Imperfect 23

4 Self-Care and the Whole Girl 31

Connection Tool: Self-Care-Ten Ways to Feet Good about You 40

5 Girl in the Mirror 41

6 Mind Full to Mindful 48

7 Life Balance 57

8 Facing Anxiety 61

9 Gratitude 67

10 Exploring Spirituality 72

Part 2 A Girl's Journey Outward

11 We Are Stronger Together 80

12 Words Matter 94

13 Express Yourself 99

Connection Tool: Feeling Words 109

14 Navigating Change 110

15 Girls Can Be Mean 113

16 Set Your Boundaries 120

Connection Tool: Qualities Worth Cultivating 124

17 Confident, Not Conceited 126

18 Social Media and Keeping It Real 130

19 Screen Time and the Tangled Web 135

Part 3 A Girl's Journey Onward

20 Turning Setbacks into Comebacks 144

21 Loving Learning 149

22 Learning for Life 161

23 Scattered and Smart 168

Connection Tool: Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety 173

24 What's Ahead? Planning and Preparing for the Future 174

25 Who's in Charge? Choices and Decision Making 178

26 Motivation: Let's Get Moving 182

Connection Tool: Ten Ways to Connect Starting Now 186

27 Going for Growth 187

28 Surviving to Thriving 195

Conclusion 198

Acknowledgements 200

Resources 203

1 The Self-Worth Manifesto and Ways to Help Her Feel Strong

2 Positive Power Statements

3 Common Connection Concerns

4 Top Tips for Homework and Studying

5 Empowerment Songs

6 Positive Role Models

7 Body Wisdom

Notes 214

Permissions 220

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