Being a teenager has its ups and downs. Being stuck between childhood and adulthood, it's hard to know where to fit in. It's an awkward and insecure time of life. There is the desire for independence coupled with a fear of standing out. Free to Be Me: A Book for Teens and Tweens uses relatable cartoon characters to discuss real issues such as stress, peer pressure, bullying, and teen fears. It also offers constructive ways adults can better support teens. Free to Be Me validates the thoughts and experiences teens face on a day-to-day basis. While individual experiences may differ, the overall issues faced do not. Hopefully, the discussions within the book's pages prove helpful not just to teens but also to the adults in their worlds.
Hi, my name is Sunny and my name is Ray, we are a couple of average teenagers. We know firsthand how challenging the teen years can be. You're not a little kid anymore but you're not an adult yet either. You're hormones are causing all sorts of weird changes in your body. Maybe you've got pimples, braces or worse, both. You've had a crazy growth spurt and outgrown kid's clothes but don't quite fit into adult clothes, so your wardrobe is let's face it, a disaster. You feel awkward and insecure, wondering where you fit in. The last thing you want is to stand out for any reason and yet you want your voice to be heard. We totally get it, that's why we recently got together and came up with five questions that address some key issues teens face. We each answered these questions and shared our individual experiences. We brainstormed some ways adults can better support teens. We also discussed ideas for programs that could be implemented to better support teens. We found this discussion useful, as it allowed us to voice our thoughts and experiences concerning issues we face on a day to day basis as teens. What we realized by simply talking to one another is that we are not alone. While our individual experiences may have been different, the overall issues we faced were not. We hope our discussion proves helpful not just to our fellow teens but also for the adults in their worlds.
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