About Speak Up: A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind:
Middle school is a tough time for nearly everyone, but it can be especially hard on girls. Between social and cultural pressures, academic challenges, family dynamics, changing hormones, and a growing awareness of the world around them, middle school girls often end up feeling voiceless and powerless. They can struggle with speaking in class, standing up for their beliefs, navigating complicated social situations, and getting their voices heard. By presenting real issues and scenarios that girls will recognize from their own day-to-day lives, as well as exploring the negative thoughts and feelings that can hold them back, Speak Up supplies girls with the tools they need to understand their feelings and speak up in any situation.
As a mom of two boys I rarely get the opportunity to review things meant especially for girls. Although as a parent of a middle school student myself, I find having any information available for that age group to be helpful. Speak Up!: A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind can be a helpful book for any parent to read. The book is meant for girls to read and to aid them with useful tools in order to help them speak up and be heard. I used this book as a guide to speak to my boys about the same issues that many kids face especially kids that are on the quiet side. Not only does the book offer exercises to help empower girls, but also websites to visit when seeking more information on the topics of bullying and friends. One of the things that I like about this book is that if you don’t think your child will read it, you can and use the tools to help you communicate these points to your child. While reading this book I discovered that as a mom of boys, picking up a book like this helps me to understand the other side of Middle School. The part that happens with the girls. Even though I am one I’m a far cry from Middle School and these tips served as a helpful reminder of what happens during this time in a tweens life.
Middle school can be a difficult time for some and this book is certainly a useful tool in navigating those waters. Pick it up today for yourself or someone you care about! It’s important that we “speak up” about these issues!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts belong to me.