The Grit Guide for Teens
About the Book
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.
Books by Caren Baruch-Feldman
—Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS-Ed, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Raising Kids to Thrive
—David Meketon, school research liaison to Duckworth Lab in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
—Robert Brooks, PhD, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children
—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
—Bob Ditter, MEd, LCSW, child-adolescent therapist, and national camp trainer and consultant
—Donna Stokes, executive editor for Live Happy magazine
—Gabrielle Kelly, director of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
—Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director at the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Ungifted
—Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, author of Getting Grit and My Name is Caroline, and coauthor of Creating Your Best Life
—Christopher Thurber, PhD, ABPP, psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, coauthor of The Summer Camp Handbook, and cofounder of www.expertonlinetraining.com
—Toni Noble, PhD, adjunct professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at Australian Catholic University, and coauthor of Bounce Back!
“Success—however we define it—requires the ability to persist when the going gets tough. So does overcoming almost any kind of adversity. The Grit Guide for Teens is easy to read, and shows you how to become more persistent, successful, and resilient with whatever you set out to do in life.”
—Mark Bertin, MD, developmental pediatrician and author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive
“Persistence-perseverance-grit: from my perspective it is when purpose and practice transform desire into accomplishment. Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an excellent workbook that can help every young person become more skilled and focused, and every educator and parent more intentional and motivated.”
—Gil G. Noam, PhD, EdD, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and founder and director of The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience, at Harvard University
“Grit expert Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an engaging, interesting, and helpful workbook for teens who want to transform their passions and talents into true skills. The Grit Guide for Teens seamlessly incorporates current research on grit, developing optimism, growth mind-set, good habits, gratitude, and self-control—and creates step-by-step instructions that make understanding this complex research accessible and fun. As a school psychologist, I can see myself working through these chapters with my students, individually or in groups, to their great benefit. I look forward to counting on The Grit Guide for Teens to help my students learn invaluable lessons about themselves and growing their grit in order to achieve their goals.”
—Rebecca Comizio, MA-Ed, MA, nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP)
“As high school educators, we have always been interested in our students’ investment in their learning, and not just in the quality of their work output. We speak often about grit as an integral habit of mind, but we are never quite certain how to instill and inspire it within our students. Caren Baruch-Feldman has given teenagers and those of us charged to work with them an invaluable and accessible tool with which we might all self-reflect and grow. The Grit Guide for Teens is a breakthrough.”
—Mark Shinar, EdD, director of general studies at SAR High School
“The Grit Guide for Teens is a comprehensive, exciting, and—most importantly—fun guide for young people to help them develop resilience skills in the face of an increasingly stressful and anxiety-ridden world. Baruch-Feldman delves into current research on grit and positive psychology, speaks to teenagers at their level, and engages them using their language and interests. I would highly recommend this book to any teen who crosses my path.”
—Elizabeth Wright, Paralympic medalist and cofounder of the character education program at Resilience Wellbeing Success
“As teens coming out of high school, this book is absolutely a must-read! Working on it with Caren Baruch-Feldman has not only taught us about grit, but more about ourselves than we could have ever imagined. For any teen with any struggle, it is the ultimate recipe for success, with tools for conquering common obstacles like self-control, pessimism, and giving up. This book is truly life changing!”
—Kira Cohen and Katie Parker, recent graduates from SAR High School
“A must-have for teens and their parents. Simple, elegant, scientifically-proven, and practical.”
—Braco Pobric, author of Habits and Happiness
“Significantly beneficial for helping teens develop ‘true grit.’ Caren Baruch-Feldman offers step-by-step instructions with easy-to-understand activities that will help a generation of adolescents who struggle with stick-to-itiveness.”
—Marcella Moran, LMHC, coauthor of Organizing the Disorganized Child