Positively Teenage

I know, from my work in schools, that there’s a hunger and a need for a positive view of adolescence. Parents in particular ask for something uplifting, unthreatening, empowering. I want to show young people and their parents that adolescence can be exciting, heartening, positive.

The book covers many aspects of life: changes that happen in adolescence; looking after your physical health; making your brain work well and boosting mental health. There are tips and activities and everything is based around the principles of FLOURISH: Food, Liquid, Oxygen, Use, Relaxation, Interest, Sleep and Happiness. And it’s beautifully designed by the clever people at Hachette, making it a joy to read or dip into!

Positively Teenage remembers the following:

  • That adolescence is a natural, positive, essential and temporary stage of development
  • That parents and young people should welcome and be excited by the idea of a young person moving strongly and healthily towards adulthood and independence
  • That there might be “downs” along the journey – in fact, there probably will be, because that’s life, whatever our age
  • But that a positive, healthy and knowledgeable approach helps us live through the downs and enjoy the ups
  • That although “bad things happen”, good things happen, too, and many teenagers go through these few years perfectly well, becoming strong, resilient and ambitious young adults.

Extras for you

Click here for the “How Positively Teenage Are You?” survey. This is the quiz I refer to on Page 23 of the book. If you’re 10-18 years old, please do fill this in. I’m fascinated to know your opinions.

My Teaching Materials are great ways to teach young people how to manage their own well-being. They get lots of praise from teachers for their range and value. A Live Online Q&A is a great idea so I can talk directly to your students.

Two favourite reviews

Favourite UK review on The Awfully Big Blog Adventure here.

And for the US edition (called Positively Teen) in the US School Library Journal: “From an internationally recognized expert on teen development, this title helps diffuse the fear and pessimism that often surrounds discussions of adolescence.  While puberty, with all its emotions and physical changes, can feel daunting, the discourse and approach to it need not be negative. With its decidedly upbeat and positive tone, Morgan’s text provides a nice balance between being a pleasure read and a real self-help guide. It’s entertaining to peruse the funny bits that don’t try too hard, quizzes galore, and optimistic, solid advice.  Morgan’s writing style and the advice she provides will resonate with tweens and their adult caregivers. Already published in the U.K., this reassuring work may help assuage feelings of panic and gloom and doom. VERDICT A fine addition to self-help shelves for middle schoolers.”