A crash course on how teens can live well and find a purpose, from educator Leslie.
The teen years are a time of confusion, depression, self-pity and vulnerability, but they needn’t be so tough, writes Leslie. In this self-help primer, he advises teens on recognizing strengths and areas of interest, setting goals, achieving a measure of independence and acting responsibly. This will require teens to take risks and act spontaneously, governed by an embracing sincerity to â€œdream big. Aim high. Challenge yourself. But ground your dream in reality.” Leslie’s breezy, up-tempo style may not cut through the thickest areas of teen cynicism–and these activities probably won’t â€œchange your life”–but he keeps his advice short and quick, offering 50 action-oriented activities, guided by a sure-handed interactive quality. The activities range from the biggest questions teens face–how do they feel about their memories; what are their dreams; what does it mean to really listen; how do you deal with other people’s emotional baggage–to lighter projects like organizing your room; to whimsical, airy acts of observation: What does a Looney Tune character have to teach about determination, creativity and humor? For each activity, the author propels the teen forward by answering immediate questions that arise: How do you initiate the activity; what is expected from it; what is the timeframe? Leslie offers clues, examples and advice, though he is clear never to direct or provide orders.
A potentially affirming program, if a bit light in the delivery.