Becoming A Teen Can Wreak Havoc On A Girl's Self-Esteem

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New Book Proposes Positive Self-Talk As Tool to Help Manage the Complex Emotions of the Tween Years

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many girls experience a "crisis of confidence" during the tween years as the emotional strength and spirit they were born with diminishes. In her new book, Tween You and Me: A Preteen Guide to Becoming Your Best Self, author Deb Dunham provides tools that help tween girls transform the destructive self-doubt that is common among adolescents.

"Self-consciousness escalates between the ages of eight to twelve," says Deb Dunham, author of Tween You and Me. "Learning the skill of positive self-talk can help a girl shift her focus from critical to supportive. It can also help her build confidence and self-worth during the process of identity development that occurs in the preteen years. This is a critical component to thriving in the teen years and beyond," states Ms. Dunham.

While self-help books are often thought of as the domain of adults, this first-of-its-kind title is a comforting companion to any girl going through the exciting but challenging process of becoming a teenager. Parents will find that this book's instructional yet empathetic style provides an opportunity for meaningful dialogue with their daughter about self-respect and a positive self-image.

Tween You and Me: A Preteen Guide to Becoming Your Best Self, is available on, at bookstores everywhere, and through the author's website at

A public reading and book signing tour at literary-focused locations on the North Shore of Massachusetts is scheduled for Fall 2009.

Author: Deb Dunham
ISBN: 978-0982051856
Format: Soft Cover, 8.5 x 5.5", 60 pages
Retail Price: $9.98
Publisher: Empowered Publishing, A Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint

About the Author
Deb Dunham is passionate about nurturing the self-esteem and independence of young people. Ms. Dunham's background has been one of healer and advocate for all ages, as a Physical Therapist, Birth Doula, and mother of three children, including two tweens. Deb is also self-employed as an adult educator and has taught ancillary programs on disability awareness and health education to elementary students. Ms. Dunham offers workshops for preteens and their parents. Visit and to learn more.

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