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 Hey Addicts, we've got a fun, lighter blitz today for Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein and her book THE TRUTH: DIARY OF A GUTSY TWEEN
This is very different from the norm for me but it's worth checking out. Read on Addicts!

The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween
by Barbara Becker Holstein

"I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!" "I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night." "My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!" "I have so many questions about growing up. Who will answer them?" "I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me." "When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away." Growing up is tough. Adults don't always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

Date: June 27

Dear Diary,

I can’t believe it. Today we moved, and I feel like I’m in a dream. I just keep walking around our new house and wondering when we will go home. It feels so different and strange. Everything is on one floor (that’s called a ranch house). The floors are all bare wood. My mom said our rugs would look terrible here so she let the people who bought our old house keep them. I think she was probably right. They were a dark maroon and the walls here are a light cream. I don’t think that would look good. I went to the bathroom three times since we got here and every time I used a different bathroom. I can’t believe it. Three different toilets in the same house! Only my friend Susan, my rich friend, had more than two bathrooms in her house. And four bedrooms! And a family room. I can’t believe we have this much space now.

When I look out of the windows I expect to see the shrubs and the Hudson’s house who were next to us on the left, but I don’t. Instead, I see a big open field that will probably have houses built on it by next year. That’s what my dad said anyway. And when I look out to the right I expect to see our clothesline and the Dixon’s driveway, but instead I see rose bushes and a wooden bench under a tree that the last owners said we could have.

Tonight, we had to eat supper off paper plates and use plastic forks, knives, and spoons because our boxes are still packed. My aunt made us a big picnic basket full of food and that’s what we ate for supper. It was delicious. There was fried chicken, potato salad and potato chips, cupcakes for dessert, and fruit salad. And at the bottom of the basket under the ice was a whole package of Hershey Kisses. Yum!

My brother already started to play with a kid next door who’s about a year older than he is. He’s so lucky. I have no new friends yet and that’s the truth!

Ten Things I Would Never Do Again and Why

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

1. I would never go up in a small plane for two again because it scared me to death!  The windows were gigantic and I felt like I was in a free fall situation. I realize that I have spatial limitations.

2. I would never take a cruise around Hawaii again.  I found it dissatisfying as we spent too little time on the islands and also it was rainy and muggy.  I realize not all cruises are on track.

3. I would not travel by the back roads from Connecticut to Pittsburgh again.  It was interesting, but once was enough. I realize that not all back roads are worth seeing.

4. I would never leave anyone out of a celebration that I give if I thought they would be hurt or wanted to come.  I had left a few people out of one of our family celebrations years ago and they felt bad.  I have never fully forgiven myself.

5. I would not turn down an invitation to a family member's wedding, no matter how inconvenient it was, unless I was sick.  I did turn down an invitation years ago and still regret it.  The time together with certain cousins never happened again. I realize I was the one who lost out.

6. I would not turn down an invitation to beautiful week in the countryside of Provence with some women, only one of which was a dear friend.  That turn down was a big mistake.   I have yet to make it to see that area of France.  I realize that I should push myself harder when opportunity knocks.

7. I would not camp in New Jersey when the green flies are out and there is lots of pollen.  I realize that my body has limitations and some situations are just beyond what I can handle.

8.  I would not start out in a snow storm.  My husband and I have made that decision a couple of times and we are lucky we are alive.  Once we were snowed in to a stop on a parkway and fortunately the police stopped and took us to someone's home that we knew.  The second time we always collapsed in snow drifts after we abandoned our car to walk the rest of the way home.  I realize that some decisions are just the wrong decisions and we are all capable of poor judgment.

9. I would not loose touch with some friends from the past.  I realize that all the people who have been in my life in significant ways are still important to me and I would have worked harder to stay in touch.  I plan to still try!

10. I would not try to learn to smoke.  What a stupid effort that was!  The only good thing was I learned that smoking made my throat hurt and my glands swollen.  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I've been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I've written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!  My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years.  The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web. In particular,,, on Facebook at Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author, on Pinterest at and on You Tube. Just look for me on You Tube via Barbara Becker Holstein.

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  1. The cover is beautifully intriguing.

  2. Love the opportunity to share my book and thoughts with your followers! Thank you so much!

  3. Love this post, very fun!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. The entire post was exceptional but I especially enjoyed Ten Things I Would Never Do Again and Why. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Loved the Dear Diary entry! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I really enjoyed the excerpt! This sounds like a terrific book! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I have to agree with you about riding in small airplanes. The first plane I rode in was a little 4 seater and it scared me to death!


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