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The Confidence Code For Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, And Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self Hardcover – 21 May 2018
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"There's a lack of books on this subject for tweens and young teens, so this, with its endnotes and helpful resource list, invaluably fills the gap. Girls will appreciate how it speaks directly to them, not their parents, and offers inspiring stories by girls for girls."--Booklist Online
"The authors suggest the importance of and methods for developing positive relationships, mindfulness, and the strength to persist after making a mistake... Because the authors draw from a diverse population of girls' experiences from differing cultures and backgrounds, any girl can feel at home in these pages.--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Addresses why girls, specifically, can feel unsure of themselves, how they can break out of habits that hold them back, take healthy risks, and build confidence.... Readers will enjoy discovering more about their brains and how to handle real-life situations."--School Library Journal
"Confidence, the authors suggest, comes not from being perfect, but from building a strong foundation of self-awareness, knowledge, and resilience--and it's always a work in progress."--Publishers Weekly
"An essential read for every girl in her tween years.... I am inspired by what the authors have done in offering such a tremendous guidebook that I am sure tween girls will reference time and time again in their journey to forming a solid, confident self."--Dr. Bonnie Zucker, licensed psychologist and author of Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children
"Girl power depends on self-confidence, but many girls struggle to see how awesome they really are.... I wish I had this book when I was a girl - and I'm really glad today's girls have it now."--Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In and Option B
"Girls should know it's cool to be different. I learned that lesson on the ice, playing hockey. I didn't always fit in, but I came to embrace that, and it gave me confidence. This book can help every girl flip that switch in her head."--Hilary Knight, Olympic silver medalist and member of the US women's national ice hockey team
"If you've ever wished you had the courage to say what you really think, or do the thing that scares you, this is the book for you! Confidence is crucial for girls, and Katty and Claire have figured out the recipe. Reading this book will help you change your life!"--Rachel Simmons, author of Enough as She Is and Leadership Specialist at Smith College
"This is the book every girl needs to make her dreams come true."--Laurie Hernandez, US Olympic Gold Medalist and best-selling author of I Got This: To Gold and Beyond
From the Back Cover
Girls can rule the world. All you need is confidence.
Ever wish you had the guts to try out for that team or play, or finally talk to that grumpy, intimidating teacher, or actually start that animal welfare club you dreamed up? Or maybe your list of scary stuff is totally different. But here's the secret to making it all happen:
Confidence. It gives you the power to do everything you want.
Packed with graphic novel strips, fun lists and quizzes, and stories from real girls, this book will reveal the code for confidence--how to make it and how to use it. Soon you'll be a girl of action, tackling risks that lead to big, big adventure and taking on challenges you've never even imagined.
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I don't feel I have a perfectionist manner, but I learned that I don't have to please people with everything I do.
I like the example stories of girls my own age because it helps me look at things in a different way.
I may overthink sometimes and the book has helped me put that into a better perspective.
Problem is, from my reading, between 8-12 is when most girls lose their confidence, become preoccupied with other peoples opinions, and anxiety can take over that fierceness that I love from my daughter.
This book was recommended in an article I read somewhere, and it does a wonderful job of talking to the age group. No patronising examples of "when I was a kid". Just straight talking respectful consideration of what they're going through, and how to maintain confidence when sometimes it doesn't feel possible. Making good decisions, and understanding that sometimes it's great to fail, just not letting it get to you.
A lovely find, and to be honest as a 43 YO dad it's taught me some stuff too!