When the going gets tough, it’s time to get gritty. Written by a clinical-child and school psychologist and based in the latest research, The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina.
As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, get into a good college, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music—you know you need to persevere in order to succeed. You’ve probably heard the term “grit” at school or from your parents, but what does it really mean?
Made popular by Angela Duckworth in her New York Times bestseller, the term “grit,” embodies all the characteristics that help people accomplish the things they want, such as self-control, tenacity, and the ability to fail well. Using the skills outlined in this book, you’ll develop both grit and a growth mind-set—a way of thinking that focuses on improvement and hard work in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You’ll learn how to make grit an everyday habit, turn disappointments into opportunities, embrace challenges, manage stress, and be the very best version of you that you can be.
Studies show that grit isn’t something you have to be born with—it can be taught and learned! This book will give you everything you need to get gritty, open your mind to all life’s possibilities, and succeed in everything you do.
Caren Baruch-Feldman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. She maintains a private practice in Scarsdale, NY, and works as a school psychologist in Harrison, NY. Baruch-Feldman has authored numerous articles and led workshops on topics such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, helping children and adults cope with stress and worry, helping people change, and developing grit and self-control. She is a fellow and supervisor in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), a type of CBT. Visit her online at www.drbaruchfeldman.com.
Foreword writer Thomas R. Hoerr, PhD, is emeritus head of New City Schools, and scholar-in-residence at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is author of The Formative Five, Fostering Grit, and The Art of School Leadership.
“Caren Baruch-Feldman has synthesized a masterful workbook that will prepare young people to thrive in both good and challenging times. There are so many books written for adults on how to shape teens. Finally, here is one written for youth in a respectful, understandable, actionable tone that inherently recognizes young people as experts in their own lives who will take the reins when offered the tools to become their best selves. Bravo.” —Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS-Ed, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Raising Kids to Thrive
“As a forty-year, veteran educator that has worked with Angela Duckworth since she was in graduate school, I am pleased to endorse The Grit Guide for Teens. Baruch-Feldman incorporates strategies such as flow charts, goal setting, sentence completion, and self-reflection and writing exercises that will engage teenagers, and lead them to self-discovery and growth. The Grit Guide for Teens is an essential tool for educators, parents, and anyone seeking to better grasp and assist young people in their path to success.” —David Meketon, school research liaison to Duckworth Lab in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
“Today’s world is filled with stress and pressure—acutely felt by many teens. Caren Baruch-Feldman has written a truly remarkable book that provides teens with realistic and practical strategies for managing challenging situations and developing perseverance, grit, and resilience. Baruch-Feldman’s empathy for the world experienced by teens and her clinical acumen, warmth, and humor are apparent throughout this book. In addition, her online recommendations for parents and teachers to nurture grit in adolescents serve as a wonderful resource.” —Robert Brooks, PhD, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children
“Teens today—more than ever—need to think about the long-term, persevere in the face of setbacks, and grow from their mistakes. Caren Baruch-Feldman’s The Grit Guide for Teens provides a road map to help teens meet the challenges of today’s competitive world. The Grit Guide for Teens has taken the latest research in the fields of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior change, and grit, and has made it accessible. This skills-building approach will help teens learn to grow psychologically. St. John’s University and The Albert Ellis Institute are proud to include Baruch-Feldman as one of their graduates. The Grit Guide for Teens is a must-have for today’s teens and the individuals who care about them.” —Ray DiGiuseppe, PhD, ABPP, professor and chair of the department of psychology at St. John’s University, past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and director of professional education at The Albert Ellis Institute
“The Grit Guide for Teens is a gift for adolescents and their parents! Caren Baruch-Feldman has written an essential survival guide for life! Easy to read and eminently helpful, high schools everywhere would do well to make this a life course!” —Bob Ditter, MEd, LCSW, child-adolescent therapist, and national camp trainer and consultant
“Caren Baruch-Feldman does an excellent job of taking the latest research on grit and turning it into an accessible, user-friendly workbook for teens—the very people who can benefit most from a boost in grit and resilience.” —Donna Stokes, executive editor for Live Happy magazine
“How do you turn knowledge into skills, and skills into life? How do you find and grab the knowledge you need when you need it? In The Grit Guide for Teens, Caren Baruch-Feldman is funneling important information about grit and how to build it to adolescents, their parents, and teachers. The why, the what, and the how of grit is the scaffold for this important story about how to build a life of passion, persistence, and purpose, developing skills that will help teens (and anyone) to navigate life in all its glory—chaos, opportunity, trouble and luck! In increasingly uncertain times, building a strong inner life and a healthy psychological core will help. The Grit Guide for Teens is gold!” —Gabrielle Kelly, director of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
“Everywhere teens look, they are facing seeming catastrophes. This book is a much-needed guide to navigate the tumultuous emotional waters of youth. Caren Baruch-Feldman offers a highly creative, versatile conception of grit—one that can help teenagers step up to life and fully realize their possibilities!” —Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director at the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Ungifted
“Caren Baruch-Feldman has packed a lot of research, worksheets, and practical information into this important and timely book. Research shows that grit is considered the key to success, and having this workbook during the formative teen years could positively impact the rest of a person’s life.” —Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, author of Getting Grit and My Name is Caroline, and coauthor of Creating Your Best Life
“Just when you thought gritty kids were an endangered species, Caren Baruch-Feldman delivers a concise and engaging guide to teenage happiness. That’s right, brooding and complaining are not the default teenage mindsets. Success comes from perseverance, and Baruch-Feldman writes the ideal prescription. Drawing on scientific research without sounding stuffy for a second, Baruch-Feldman shares her winning formula through interviews with real teens, exercises for the reader, and goals that extend far beyond the pages of the workbook. Buy this book for every teen you know and watch inspiration turn to effort, skill, and achievement!” —Christopher Thurber, PhD, ABPP, psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, coauthor of The Summer Camp Handbook, and cofounder of www.expertonlinetraining.com