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Teenage years are tough, but this book will help teens as they journey through the ups and downs of adolescence. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers provides support and inspiration for teenagers as they grow up, reminding them they are not alone, as they read stories from teens just like themselves about the problems and issues they face every day. The stories in this book serve as a guide on topics from the daily pressures of life and school to love, friendships, parents, and much more. This collection will encourage, inspire, and amuse teens, showing that, as tough as things can get, they are not alone!

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Five Tips for Making the Most of Your Teenage Years

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

With 101 stories of inspiration and support, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers offers encouragement and advice for navigating the emotional ups and downs of the teen years. Here are some tips to make the most of those exciting years.

1. Set goals for yourself. Christine Catlin dreamed of becoming a great basketball player and becoming "the next Michael Jordan." So her dad set a goal for her to practice basketball for 10,000 hours. Christine persevered for eleven years and met her goal. Her dad said her skill was "higher than any varsity player’s in the state." Setting goals and asking someone to hold you accountable to those goals is a great way to accomplish your dreams.

2. Show kindness to others. Erin Eggleston will never forget the kindness her older sister, Katie, showed her when Erin’s family adopted a sick baby. Katie stepped in and acted as a parent to Erin while her parents were caring for the sick baby. "She would dress me in the morning, make sure I had food for lunch...and most other things that parents do for their kids. My sister became my mother." By showing kindness and compassion to Erin, Katie became her hero.

3. Use your experiences to relate to others. When Erin Miller didn’t make the National Junior Honor Society she felt as though she had been passed over unfairly. At a graduation dinner a few months later, Erin received two awards. As she celebrated her victory, she noticed a friend, Dee, who had not received any awards. Seeing her disappointed friend, she remembered how she had felt just a few months before and gave her friend a hug, helping her feel better.

4. Nobody’s life is perfect. No matter how great someone’s life seems, there is often a hidden truth. Haley Whiteway was convinced the girl who sat behind her in English was happy and confident. By the end of the year, she learned that the girl who seemed to have it all struggled with an eating disorder. That day she learned not to judge people: "You never know just by looking..."

5. Being single does not mean being unhappy. Experiencing a breakup in your teens can be devastating, but it’s important to stay strong during a time of such vulnerability. When Kaylee Davis found out her boyfriend of three years had cheated on her, she walked away from their relationship and didn’t look back. Braving the world of being "single," she realized that she could depend on herself for her own happiness and became a much stronger person.

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