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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: The Top Technology Tool For Teaching Children Self Esteem And Resiliency

While many people believe new technologies offer cutting edge solutions to educational challenges, Dr. Holstein believes the key to success lies in engaging teens and tweens at their own level

    WILMINGTON, NC, January 22, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A recent article in The New York Times entitled "Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education" stated that "The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved effective....". The key to effectiveness lies in the student's willingness to engage with the technology.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist, Author and Educator, comments: "There is one technology that has been around for thousands of years and clearly has proved itself as an educational tool, and that is the book. Since printed material first came available, generations upon generations of people have benefited by the educational information they have learned through the printed page. However, even books can improve in what and how they offer learning material.

We know that girls, tweens and teens need help in developing resiliency, and better self-esteem. Can books be helpful? Of course. Most women who grew up reading Judy Bloom novels can attest to the fact that they not only felt attached to the characters in her books, enjoyed the plot, but also found themselves personally enhanced by the read.

When as a positive psychologist I decided to write fiction for girls, tweens and teens, I decided that creating a girl's diary where the reader can identify with the courage, resiliency, humor, talents, longings, problem solving skills, worries and successes with the protagonist would be the way to go. The truth is my decision has worked. Girls, tweens, teens, their moms and grand moms and teachers fall in love with the girl in The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and then love her again as she becomes a teen in Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen. Then the questions at the end of the books and space to journal, give families a chance to better communicate and understand each other."

Dr. Holstein recently released "The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween". The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press.

A Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven into "The Truth". Articles, videos, remarks, conversations, visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face growing up. These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Her second book in The Truth Series is "Secrets: Diary Of A Gutsy Tween". The book is scheduled for release in February of 2015. Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends. 'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both "The Truth" and "Secrets" are great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives. Both books are being re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self , a positive psychology method for happiness. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness, Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.

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