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Take 5 for Your Dreams
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
In this busy world we think, as moms, we are doing all the right things. But I read parts of this book and thought, "am I spending as much time on helping my daughters stop, relax, think, reflect, and dream as I am on getting them to soccer, plays, practices, and lessons?" This insightful book, an easy read, makes you stop and think but in an uplifting way. It seems perfect for a mom/daughter book club and can provoke great conversations across the dinner table (or the book club couch).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
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What a great book! It's practical and fun, yet thought provoking and deep. True to the authors' claims, they don't talk down to the reader. To understand current young women and teens, they've been interviewing them and it's evident in this book.

Their approach of 5 minutes a day, keeping it simple and entertaining makes the process fun and very practical. The authors take the reader step by step through the various phases to successfully understand and grasp their dreams.

Difficult steps including taking action, and stepping out of one's comport zone are covered using examples, quotes, advice, and resources young woman and teens can relate to; which I believe, will make this book a great success.
So many books addressing this topic espouse time consuming and often complicated steps which can make it difficult for readers to keep engaged. The authors make this book very accessible and practical. I think many will look back on this book as a key resource on their quest toward a happy and satisfying life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
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This is a lovely and aesthetically pleasing book that makes it easy to spend a little more of your time on reflection. It doesn't matter how busy you are -- the quick and simple format means that you definitely will have time to fit this into your day. It is full of simple and intuitive wisdoms that can change your life if you truly take them to heart. A great way to teach younger girls to value the things that are really important, embrace themselves for just who they are, and reach their full potential in life. Or, if you're older, this is an uplifting reminder of all the things you know to be true but sometimes forget to allow guide your actions in life. Definitely will get you thinking and feeling happier and more motivated, and the quote selection is lovely. Recommend! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated, this lovely book makes it easy and inviting for girls to invest just a few minutes a day to build a blueprint for the lives they want to lead. This one-of-a-kind book makes a perfect gift for adolescents and teens who deserve their own special place where they can imagine and act on their dreams, both large and small. Both of the authors know a thing or two about raising confident and powerful girls. As parents of young teenage girls, Paula Grieco and Liz McHutcheon are the founders of WhatsYourBrave.com, a website and blog devoted to helping girls (and their parents) empower themselves to live their dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
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When I was a teenager, I had tons of insecurities, and in still being a teenager, this book would have helped me out in so many ways. I love how this book is not about preaching what's right for you, but it is more about guiding you to being a stronger and better person. The activities are very interactive and I love how the reader only needs to take 5 minutes out of the day to enjoy the book. Definitely a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
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What a beautiful way to present inspirational quotes and words of wisdom for teen girls and young adults. I especially like the way the related short tasks and activities are integrated throughout the book.

I definitely would recommend this book!
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on April 22, 2013
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I have an infant daughter, and worry on a daily basis about what the world will look like when she's older. I know she'll face so many challenges I've never even thought about and that didn't exist when I was growing up, and I am already thinking about ways that I can make sure she grows up with the tools she needs to be a confident, capable adult when it seems like that's often at odds with the world around her!

That's why I really love the concept of this book. Parents and kids are stretched for time, so the idea of doing something for five minutes a day--the same way we take 45 minutes a day to work out or 10 minutes a day to shower--is accessible and approachable. I like that the book has both concrete and specific tasks as well as those that are a little bit more creative. It really speaks to different personality types. And it provides enough exercises that it allows you to get into a habit of reflection, discussion, etc. on a regular basis.

Whether you follow the book step by step or simply read through it to get ideas and discussion points, it's a great tool for working with your daughter or the teen/tween girl you love and helping her to think about how she can put herself on a path to accomplish and achieve her dreams in the future. It's so easy for us to get caught up in the day-to-day and it's great to take five minutes out to plan our path forward.
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on April 21, 2013
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It is such a simple, even obvious, idea -- young women should be thinking about who they are, what they are good at, and what they truly want to do with their lives. Yet it is also such a novel idea. Teen girls seem to spend much more time trying desperately to fit in and to live the lives they are supposed to, with little thought given to what they really want out of life. This book is the perfect tool to help young women change this trend. Take 5 for Your Dreams encourages teen girls to take just 5 minutes a day to think about themselves and their goals. It also gives young women concrete steps to take to help them rise above the messages from the media and peers and examine who they truly are and what they want from their lives. I (along with many adults I suspect) wish I had done more of this as a teen, and I definitely want my daughter to have this book.
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on April 21, 2013
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This book spreads such an excellent message that teens and young women should certainly take to heart (although someone of any age would benefit from taking in these lessons!!!). The idea of taking 5 minutes out of your day to follow along in the book is refreshingly realistic for the incredibly busy world we live in today. Full of inspiring images, excellent quotes, and fantastic ideas, it makes growth and self-reflection easily accessible for anyone and presents it an understanding and uplifting way. I strongly recommend this book to anyone, but especially younger women and teens!
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on July 8, 2013
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"Take 5 for Your Dreams" is an important book for young girls everywhere. Full of fitting quotes and inspiring photography, this little "guidebook to life" should be on every young girl's shelf. This great guide encourages girls to be brave and ambitious, and it tells them that they can be and do more than they or anyone else has ever imagined. The "Take 5" daily actions are creative and fun, and they're a great way to get girls to really spend a small amount of time each day to focus on themselves and their dreams. I highly recommend this to all young girls and their parents.
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