I always say that I can't be old enough to have a teenage daughter but apparently I am.
It is also said that having a teenager can be worse than a toddler and although whilst they can be just as messy (!!), having a teenager in the house has brought as much fun and laughter as it has challenges. Although if you ask my quietly confident teen, she will tell you that she is a dream to live with!
Let's be honest, we all know that being a teenager has its own unique challenges, but it’s also the perfect time to shape mental wellbeing and happiness. We were therefore thrilled to receive a copy of Be Happy, Be You from Becky Goddard Hill and Penny Alexander. The book is a positive and insightful guide for teenagers giving them the tools they need to build confidence, eliminate negative feelings and boost happiness in all areas of life. (and who wouldn't want that?)
Be Happy Be You has been created to guide teenagers through this time - packed with tons of ideas to try from creating an anxiety toolkit, planning a digital detox to meditating and fashion with the planet in mind. Becky and Penny also help to explain the science behind why these activities are important and why they work. Combining mindfulness activities with practical advice, this book makes the perfect thoughtful gift for teenagers.
That said, it is a useful reminder for parents too. I admit to having a look through the book first and the recurring theme is (unsurprisingly) happiness and there is a lot to be said for that, whatever your age. The book is split into three sections and it has lots of activities not just "advice" making it something that you can pick up and return to, rather than having to "wade" through intensely.
We were kindly gifted our copy but you can buy Be Happy, Be You on Amazon for £9.99 (although currently on offer at the time of publishing)
There is also a group of amazing bloggers helping to promote and share their thoughts on the book following its launch, why not take a browse through and see what they each thought?
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