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Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem (Revised & Updated Edition) Paperback – October 15, 1999

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“Sensible, inviting, never condescending or preachy. . . . A well-crafted book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates


“Provides the stepping-stones that lead to positive choices and self-confidence.”—KLIATT


“A great resource for classroom exercises, as well as for any group that works with teens.”—National Parenting Center


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About the Author

Gershen Kaufman was educated at Columbia University and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. Professor in the Counseling Center and Psychology Department at Michigan State University, he is the author of Shame: The Power of Caring and The Psychology of Shame: Theory and Treatment of Shame-Based Syndromes. He is the coauthor with Lev Raphael of Dynamics of Power: Fighting Shame and Building Self-Esteem and Coming Out of Shame.

Lev Raphael was educated at Fordham University and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University, where he has taught as an assistant professor of American Thought and Language.

With Gershen Kaufman, he codeveloped and cotaught the program, “Affect and Self-Esteem,” on which the books Dynamics of Power and Stick Up for Yourself! are based. Book critic for National Public Radio’s “The Todd Mundt Show” and “Mysteries” columnist for The Detroit Free Press, he is the author of three Nick Hoffman mysteries, most recently The Death of a Constant Lover.

Pamela Espeland has authored, coauthored, or edited over 200 books for Free Spirit Publishing on a variety of subjects. Pamela graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two little dogs.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; 2 Revised edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575420686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575420684
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Self esteem is absolutely essential in dealing with the challenges of life. Feeling good about yourself because of who you are rather than who your friends think you should be is what will help your child (and you) deal with peer pressure and making positive decisions. This book offers examples and suggestions that will help you develop a healthy and secure sense of yourself and your world. I bought it for my kids, but found it a great read for myself and a great resource for helping my children feel good about themselves and easing the pressure they often feel from their peers. It tells you not only how to take responsibility for your feelings, needs, and behaviors, it explains why that's important. A great find. Our whole family will benefit from this book.
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A teacher at school recommended this book to a neighbor. Her son was having trouble with bullies, and with guidance from this book, he learned a lot about self-esteem, self-confidence, and the power gained by sticking up for himself.

What a joy to see the change in this young man. I recommend it for every parent. It's not only helpful in handling school-yard bullies, it also trains the children to have the confidence to handle bullies in the workforce and other situations throughout their lives.

This author is to be highly commended for the help she's giving children, enabling them to have better, happier, more productive lives.
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As a child psychologist who has been helping children with their social skills for over 20 years now, I use this very book in my social skills group therapy. Parents can read this with their child or give it to their child to read alone. Great for children with AD/HD, ODD and Asperger's....all of whom get teased and rejected by their peers. If your child needs this book he or she would probably benefit from a social skills group too.
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Ever since this book arrived, my little guy (9 years old) has been more assertive with his sister who is a bully, and not so babyish in his responses to others in his life. He seems to have more confidence. I see him reading through the book on his own initiative and he says it is "good". This book seemed the best to me as it talks to the child in child-speak and seems to be written for the child - not for adults trying to empower the child.
I highly recommend this book.
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My six year old son has been struggling with his father's military deployment. He needed some positive tools to help him communicate exactly what he is feeling and what he needed from the adults around him. I am so glad that I found this book and started reading it with him. We do the journaling together and I have also learned a lot. I have seen a big difference in his attitude and behavior. It really does give kids the power they need to feel secure. I have plans to buy several copies of this book and give them as gifts to my closest friends. It is a great book!
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I love this book and wish I had had it as a child. It is an excellent and empowering tool that helps readers develop esteem and assertiveness skills.

For me, there are fewer things more irksome and distasteful than brown nosing. Taking command of oneself and being assertive, that is declaring one's needs without infringing upon the rights of others is a major accomplishment and does a lot to keep one's nose from becoming brown and clogged with wasteful residue caused by sycophantic servility.

This book provides excellent examples of developing assertiveness skills which feed and lead into higher esteem and is helpful for ALL ages. There is a strong positive correlation between assertiveness and esteem - that is, the more assertive one is, the higher one's self esteem is and the more positive their self image is.

I wish I could rate this work even more stars. It is a book for everybody!
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I loaned this book out to my elementary school students to read, especially the students who were being bullied. The students loved this book. They found it a helpful and easy read. It's a great book to have as you build your resource library.
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Suggestions and anecdotes in _Stick Up For Yourself_ are helpful for opening discussions with little ones, particularly those who may be socially sensitive or (too) highly adaptable. I don't agree with all its suggestions, but the basic premise is sound -- that to develop personal integrity and firmness of resolve requires thoughtful practice -- and overall, it's a nice resource.
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