That question can be especially challenging for girls and women–not because we lack amazing qualities, but because we’re often afraid to “boast” or “toot our own horns.”
To celebrate the release of Girls Inc. Presents: You’re Amazing!, I’m inviting you to exercise your bragging rights. You are amazing. Now tell me why! What was your proudest moment? What’s your unique talent? Share your amazing traits in the comments section before July 7th 8th and you’ll be entered to win an autographed copy of You’re Amazing!
Complete this sentence: “I’m amazing because…”
Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby
“[T]he authors do a great service in bringing to light a fear that women may believe they suffer with alone…The concepts and solidarity offered here should prove valuable for millions of American women.”
If you’re like most expectant women, you’re worried about what pregnancy and motherhood will do to your body, your sexuality, and your self-esteem (even if you don’t want to admit it out loud for fear of the Bad Mommy Police). While the journey to motherhood is truly miraculous and brings forth life, it can also bring forth a myriad of legitimate concerns.
Enter beauty activists Claire Mysko and Magali Amadei, who offer a much-needed forewarning on what to expect from your changing body, as well as a reality check for each stage of your pregnancy, exposing the myths, challenges, and insecurities you’ll face throughout pregnancy and beyond—and what to do about them. From candid interviews with more than 400 women and men, as well as their own experiences, Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?will help you discover:
– How you can learn to trust your changing body, appreciate it, and yes…even work it!
– Why you should be wary of the Hollywood “bump watch” and post-baby weight loss stories– and how to take the focus off the scale
– How to deal with your raging hormones
– The truth and lies about sagging skin, acne, and stretch marks
– How to recognize when your body issues get extreme—and how to get help
With startling confessions of women’s unspoken fears and advice on how to remedy them, this essential compendium of girl-friendly advice will help champion any woman to feel her best about her body, herself, and her role as a mom.
You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self
I think this book should be on the required reading list for every school…What I like most about [You’re Amazing!] is that it’s not just something to read. It poses lots of challenges, suggested journal topics and esteem-building activities to do with your bffs.
–Girls Can’t WHAT?
Girls Inc. Presents: You’re Amazing! is the first guide to help girls deal with the amount of pressure they endure to be perfect. Get advice on not-so-easy topics, including how to:
* deal with stereotypes and cliques
* figure out the best way to balance school and a social life
* navigate the crushes and dating world
* find a place in your family
Packed with guidance from older teens, female role models, and activities from Girls Inc. (the organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold!), this fun to read book is truly a guide to help every girl be her very best—and happiest—self.
More Reviews and Praise for You’re Amazing!
“Parents with girls heading into those teen years should get [You’re Amazing!]. If your daughter’s already there, grab it anyway! Don’t forget to grab a copy for her too.”
–AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Blog
“You’re Amazing! encourages readers to…learn from their mistakes, never give up, get support from peers and adults in their life, and follow their life goals.”
–Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Teen Talk blog
“I feel like a better person just having read this guide.”
–Five-star review from The Story Siren
“I read You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self and was thoroughly impressed…Our program is dedicated to supporting self-worth, encouraging self-reflection, and promoting healthy lifestyle choices in girls 11-14 years old. I felt strongly that the interactive format, empowering, and age-appropriate content of the book would benefit our girls.”
–Shaya S. Gregory, Camille Cosby Girls Program
“You’re Amazing! is a very real book. It is fun, quick reading and contains wonderful advice.”
–Connect With Your Teens
“Stressed about school? Friends? Life in general? If you’re a girl and answered yes to any of these questions, you need You’re Amazing!”
–Tweens and Teens News
“You’re Amazing! has chapters on stereotypes, looks, friends, relationships, stress, and the future, and is full of sage advice, voices of today’s teen girls, and a ton of thoughtful journal exercises that will give you the tools you need to take control of your life and, like the subtitle says, be your best self. I can’t recommend it highly enough!”
–Deborah Reber, author and founder of Smart Girls Know
“In an age when every 13-year-old is made to walk the tightrope of high-pressure adolescence–make out but don’t be slutty, worry about your weight but don’t become a bore, do well in school but don’t become a total nerd–this book is so needed…Mysko walks girls through all sorts of different rough patches–rejection, gossip, parents’ fighting–with the cool ease of a big sister. She’s not patronizing or cheesy about it, just compassionate and real.”
“If you could be 13 again, would you? I would if I could bring You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self by Claire Mysko with me…Mysko discusses body image, stress and stereotypes with the sensitivity of a loving big sister or that cool older cousin.”
–Read the full review at Viva La Feminista
“[You’re Amazing!] includes sound advice, thoughtful tips and stories that are sure to strike a chord with just about every girl. Included are some quizzes and journal activities to help your girl get the most of the book. A perfect book to read right before the start of school, consider starting your own family book club – read along with her and use it as the perfect place to start some discussions about important, if somewhat difficult topics.”
–Read the full review at Girl Mogul
“Claire Mysko…gives the pep talk that every girl needs. She’s mastered that wiser, older sister tone that’s as relatable as it is informative.”
–Read the full review at Daily Cents
“You’re Amazing! is a great gift for young teenage girls!”
–Mrs. Magoo Reads
“I’m buying this book for every girl I know. Actually, make that every girl andwoman I know. Claire Mysko pinpoints all the things that can erode self-confidence in this age group and then shows you what to do about them. You’re Amazing! deals with adolescence with the same thoughtfulness and care that Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia did. Two words for this book: it’s amazing.”
–Hannah Seligson, author of New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches
“A great tool to help tween girls prepare for and overcome school drama, friend drama, and even a bit of body drama!”
–Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of BODY DRAMA
“If only every book for girls had a message like this one. Claire Mysko and Girls Inc. share an essential message of self-worth with smarts and savvy.”
–Sarah Burningham, author of How to Raise Your Parents
“You’re Amazing! is a must-read, interactive book for every girl and girl advocate who wants to bust past ‘the supergirl dilemma’ to become her super best self instead. This heartfelt book ultimately shows girls that they’re not alone in the pressures they face and reveals how they can choose what they really want. It is both a revelation and a revolution!”
–Courtney Macavinta, founder of RespectRx.com and co-author of Respect: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed