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Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough : The 10 Things That Stress Girls Out and How to Cope with Them Paperback – September 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071423265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071423267
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8-10-Using quotes from women in history and anecdotal stories of adolescent girls, "Dr. Jill" gives prescriptions for dealing with difficult situations. The chapters address relationships, drug addiction, stress, body image, parental divorce, insomnia, bullies, and having a crush on another girl, and the author offers several scenarios based on her years of experience as a psychotherapist. She encourages self-examination and taking action, including asking oneself questions and trying different remedies for problems. Every chapter encourages readers to find ways to respect themselves. The author admits that some situations are complicated and offers realistic solutions. For example, in the chapter regarding drugs and alcohol, she acknowledges that pressure from friends can be difficult. One solution she recommends is volunteering to be the designated driver, which relieves the pressure because it is then socially acceptable not to drink. Although the anecdotes are generic and include only a first name, they are broad in scope and right on target.
Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From the Back Cover

Boyfriends? Dieting? Peer Pressure? Dr. Jill has the 411 on all your top ten 911 emergencies!

What's the deal? You go to school, have a part-time job, maybe even watch your little brother, but you still don't feel like you've got your act together. In fact, you are pretty much stressed out all of the time. Well, there is at least one good thing happening in your life right now because Dr. Jill gets it. She has been listening to girls talk about their anxieties and pressures for more than twenty years. There is nothing she hasn't heard. In her new book Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough, Dr. Jill talks about the top ten things that stress you out and helps you discover ways to deal with whatever life throws your way.

In Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough, real girls--just like you--talk about the same issues you're facing and offer great advice to help you get a grip on your life. Each chapter examines how three different girls handled a particular problem to help you choose a calming skill that works for you.

Can you imagine a life where you actually can find ways to:

  • Balance your responsibilities and actually have a social life?
  • Finally turn off the constant nagging in your head and maybe get a good night's sleep for once?
  • Deal with peer pressure, cliques, and your overscheduled life?
  • Tackle the heavy stuff like divorce, school, and--yikes--dating?

Learn how to feel more confident, in control, centered, and at peace from the inside out with the coping skills you'll learn from Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough.


More About the Author

I'm a psychotherapist and have been working with girls and young women for over 20 years. I decided to write self-help books for teens because I think we all need to learn special coping skills to help us get through tough situations--and the earlier a girl learns these skills, the more confident she'll be in her life.

My own special coping skills include yoga, journaling, meditation, long walks with my dog,and listening to (and sometimes playing) music. I just started doing crossword puzzles to calm down at the end of a busy day. I keep trying new coping skills--the more you have, the better!

I've had great responses to my book, Dealing With The Stuff That Makes Life Tough: The Ten Things That Stress Girls Out and How To Cope With Them. And I'm working on another book for girls!

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This book is a must-read for every adolescent girl and her parents.
A mom of 2 girls
This is an excellent book which presents stories of girls who have gone through difficult issues, and the strategies to deal with a variety of stressful situations.
Jill Maling
I read this book two weeks ago and it has really changed my attitude about myself.
"slickyd1"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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I found this book really useful. It speaks directly to teens and offers specific techniques for handling problems like peer pressure, sleeplessness, sadness and others. A lot of the advice still applies to me as a grown woman - I tried some of the suggestions for insomnia, and they really worked! It was also eye-opening for me as a mother to read the anecdotes from teen girls and understand their problems from their point of view. I have also bought copies for each of my teenaged nieces and would recommend it to any teen girl and her parents.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
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This author gets right to the core of insecurity with body image, friendships and the painful process of dealing with divorce when you love both parents. In a gentle but experienced way, this therapist has an acute awareness and sensitivity to an adolescent's concerns.
As a teacher and mother of two daughters, I found this book to be a "bible" of knowledge.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A mom of 2 girls on September 11, 2005
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This is by far the best self-help book for girls that I have ever come across. It addresses issues--some very difficult--that pre-teen and teenage girls are faced with today. I thought that every chapter was sensitive and well-written. My 14 year old daughter thought the chapters on body image, anxiety and insomnia made her feel better about herself and more in control of her life. I thought that the last chapter, on lesbian teens, was appropriate and helpful as it showed that most girls are not gay, and that tolerance for others who are different is important. My 12 year old daughter found this reassurring as she was beginning to worry that she was a lesbian because of something she read in a magazine. This book is a must-read for every adolescent girl and her parents.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Rebecca Onion on November 20, 2003
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but this is one of the best advice books to come across my desk. Jill helps me with my advice column in ym, Ask Anything, and, like this book, her ideas are always clear, succinct, non-condescending, and creative. It's very hard to find something new to say about typical teenage dilemmas like talking to parents who won't let you date, but Jill manages to have fresh takes on all of the problems she addresses. I'd definitely recommend this for any teenager who finds herself stressed and confused by the ins and outs of life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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I found this book really useful. It speaks directly to teens and offers specific techniques for handling problems like peer pressure, sleeplessness, sadness and others. A lot of the advice still applies to me as a grown woman - I tried some of the suggestions for insomnia, and they really worked! It was also eye-opening for me as a mother to read the anecdotes from teen girls and understand their problems from their point of view. I think it is so useful that I have also bought copies for each of my teenaged nieces. I recommend it to any teen girl and her parents.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "slickyd1" on December 5, 2003
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I read this book two weeks ago and it has really changed my attitude about myself. It was extremelly helpful and I would recommend it to anyone. This book will definetley help you with all of life's little problems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Stocking on February 23, 2007
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great book, my teenager seems to be carrying it with her with interest and is actually reading it and interested in it.......with self help books you never know but this one seemed to talk to her
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anything But Ordinary on November 29, 2007
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This past summer, I went searching for a book that dealt with teen girl issues. When I read a few reviews on this book, I said, this "has" to be the book. After purchasing the book and reading it, I was happy to say, this was the book I was after. It is clearly written and very understandable. The young ladies in the book club fell in LOVE with this book because they could easily relate to it!! I def. reccommend this to teen girls and parents!
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