When you’re almost a teenager, there’s a lot of new and amazing stuff happening to you. Your parents want you to take more responsibility, but then they act like they don’t trust you. Your friends want you to try new things that might get you in trouble. Your feelings about yourself, the people you know, and your world are changing, sometimes daily. It seems like everything is changing!
Thirteen kids ages eight to twelve worked with the author to make this journal. Now you can use Inside Out to think about and decide about all sorts of things. How can you get your parents to see that you’re growing up? What if your friends try drugs? How can you look your best? What makes you feel good?
Any time you want, you can find a page in this journal that talks about what’s bothering you. You’ll discover some good ideas and space to write or draw as you think things out. Inside Out’s a place where you can explore ideas about growing up. It’s a special place to find yourself.
About the Author
Gretchen Van Kleef has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and many years of counseling experience. She has worked with individuals and families with a wide range of problems, including stress-related problems and substance abuse. She is passionate about helping young people feel good about themselves and develop coping skills.