The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset

The Grit Guide for Teens by Dr. Baruch-Feldman
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When the going gets tough, it’s time to get gritty. Written by a clinical-child and school psychologist and based in the latest research, The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina.

As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, face your fears, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music—you know you need to persevere in order to succeed. You’ve probably heard the term “grit” at school or from your parents, but what does it really mean?

Made popular by Angela Duckworth in her New York Times bestseller, the term "grit," embodies all the characteristics that help people accomplish the things they want, such as self-control, tenacity, and the ability to fail well. Using the skills outlined in this book, you’ll develop both grit and a growth mind-set–a way of thinking that focuses on improvement and hard work in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You’ll learn how to make grit an everyday habit, turn disappointments into opportunities, embrace challenges, manage stress, and be the very best version of you that you can be.

As a psychologist I believe that grit isn’t something you have to be born with—it can be taught and learned! This book will give teens everything they need to get gritty and to develop skills that will last a lifetime.


As a 40 year veteran educator that has worked with Angela Duckworth since she was in graduate school I am pleased to endorse The Grit Guide for Teens. It is little wonder that Dr. Baruch-Feldman has such powerful insights into providing activities for teenagers to grow their grit. From her undergraduate work with Walter Mischel, to her training in cognitive behavior therapy, she is well suited for creating usable strategies that help young people to be their best selves. Baruch-Feldman incorporates strategies such as flow charts, goal setting, sentence completion; self-reflection and writing exercises that will engage teenagers and lead them to self-discovery and growth. She also understands the twenty first century learner and incorporates activities that will engage this population.
The Grit Guide for Teens is an essential tool for educators, parents, and anyone seeking to better grasp and assist young people in their path to success.
David Meketon
School Research Liaison to Duckworth Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has synthesized a masterful workbook that will prepare young people to thrive in both good and challenging times. There are so many books written for adults on how to shape teens. Finally, here is one written for youth in a respectful, understandable, ACTIONABLE, tone that inherently recognizes young people as the experts in their own lives who will take the reigns when offered the tools to become their best selves. BRAVO.
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., MS Ed
Author, Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Raising Kids to Thrive
How to turn knowledge into skills and skills into life? How to fund and grab the knowledge you need when you need it? In The Grit Guide for Teens, Dr. Baruch-Feldman is funneling important information about grit and how to build it to adolescents, their parents and teachers. The Why, the What and the How of Grit is the scaffold for this important story about how to build a life of passion, persistence and purpose, developing skills that will help teens (and anyone) to navigate life in all its glory- chaos, opportunity, trouble and luck! In increasingly uncertain times, building a strong inner life and a healthy psychological core will help: The Grit Guide for Teens is gold!
Gabrielle Kelly
Director, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 
Caren Baruch-Feldman does an excellent job of taking the latest research on grit and turning it into an accessible, user-friendly workbook for teens—the very people who can benefit most from a boost in grit and resilience.
Donna Stokes
Executive Editor, Live Happy Magazine
Teens today more than ever need to think long-term, persevere in the face of setbacks, and grow from their mistakes - Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman's The Grit Guide for Teens provides a road map to help teens meet the challenges of today’s competitive world. The Grit Guide for Teens has taken the latest research in the fields of cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior change, and grit and made it accessible. This skills building approach will help teens learn to grow psychologically. St. John's University and the The Albert Ellis Institute are proud to include Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman as one of their graduates. The Grit Guide for Teens is a must have for today's teens and the individuals who care about them.
Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John's University, and a Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; and Director of Professional Education at the Albert Ellis Institute
Today’s world is filled with stress and pressure—acutely felt by many teens. Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has written a truly remarkable book for this age group that provides teens with many realistic, practical strategies for managing challenging situations and developing perseverance, grit, and resilience. Caren’s empathy for the world experienced by teens and her clinical acumen, warmth, and humor are apparent throughout this book. In addition, her on-line recommendations for parents and teachers to nurture grit in adolescents serve as a wonderful resource.
Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School 
Co-author, Raising Resilient Children
Everywhere teens look, they are facing seeming catastrophes. This book is a much needed guide to navigate the tumultuous emotional waters of youth. Baruch-Feldman offers a highly creative, versatile conception of grit, one that can help teenagers step up to life and fully realize their possibilities!
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
Scientific director, The Imagination Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, Author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
The Grit Guide for Teens is a gift for adolescents and their parents! Caren Baruch-Feldman has written an essential survival guide for life! Easy to read and eminently helpful, high schools everywhere would do well to make this a life course!
Bob Ditter, M.Ed., LCSW
Child-Adolescent Therapist; National Camp Trainer and Consultant
Grit expert, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an engaging, interesting and helpful workbook for teens who want to transform their passions and talents into true skills. The Grit Guide for Teens seamlessly incorporates the current evidence base in positive psychology on grit, developing optimism, growth mindset, good habits, gratitude and self-control, and creates from it step by step instructions that make understanding the complex research behind the activities accessible and fun for teens to work through. Dr. Baruch-Feldman has taken years of study and professional experience and created pragmatic strategies delivered through warm, age-appropriate language with charts, graphs, and checklists to help teen readers understand and internalize the best of what the research has to teach them. As a school psychologist, I can see myself working through these chapters with my students, individually or in groups, to their great benefit. I look forward to counting on The Grit Guide for Teens to help my students learn invaluable lessons about themselves and growing their grit in order to achieve their goals.
Rebecca Comizio, M.A.-Ed, M.A.
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Just when you thought gritty kids were an endangered species, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman delivers a concise and engaging guide to teenage happiness. That’s right, brooding and complaining are not the default teenage mindsets. Success comes from perseverance and Dr. Caren writes the ideal prescription. Drawing on scientific research without sounding stuffy for a second, Dr. Caren shares her winning formula through interviews with real teens, exercises for the reader, and goals that extend far beyond the pages of the workbook. Buy this book for every teen you know and watch inspiration turn to effort, skill, and achievement!
Christopher Thurber, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, Author of The Summer Camp Handbook, Co-Founder of
Persistence-perseverance-grit: From my perspective it is when purpose and practice transform desire into accomplishment.
Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an excellent work book that can help every young person become more skilled and focused and every educator and parent more intentional and motivated.
Gil Noam, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Faculty Harvard Medical School and, Founder and Director of the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard
The Grit Guide for Teens is fabulous. This inspirational guide provides very practical and accessible information and activities for teens that is underpinned by rigorous up-to-date psychological research. The book provides a sound evidence base for what works best to facilitate teens’ psychological well-being and resilience. The step by step strategies will make it easy for teens to apply these important life concepts in their own lives and are written in a style that will appeal to both teens and adults.
Toni Noble, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University, Co-author Bounce Back! A Wellbeing & Resilience Program for K-Middle School. Pearson Education
Dr. Baruch-Feldman has packed a lot of research, worksheets and practical information into this important and timely book. Research shows that grit is considered the key to success, and having this workbook during the formative teen years could positively impact the rest of a person's life.
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Author of Creating Your Best Life, Getting Grit, and My Name is Caroline
Success, however we define it, requires the ability to persist when the going gets tough. So does overcoming almost any kind of adversity. The Grit Guide for Teens is easy to read and shows you how to become more persistent, successful and resilient with whatever you set out to do in life.
Mark Bertin, M.D.
Developmental Pediatrics, Author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive
As high school educators, we have always been interested in our students' investment in their learning and not just in the quality of their work output. We speak often about grit as an integral habit of mind, but we are never quite certain how to instill and inspire it within our students. Dr. Baruch-Feldman has given teenagers and those of us charged to work with them an invaluable and accessible tool with which we might all self reflect and grow. The Grit Guide for Teens is a breakthrough.
Mark Shinar, Ed. D.
Director of General Studies, SAR High School
Significantly beneficial for helping teens develop “true grit.” Caren Baruch-Feldman offers step by step instructions with easy to understand activities that will help our generation of adolescents who struggle with "stick-to- itiveness."
Marcella Moran, LMHC
Co-author of Organizing the Disorganized Child
The Grit Guide for Teens is a comprehensive, exciting, and most importantly fun guide for young people to develop their resilience skills in the face of an ever growing stressful and anxiety ridden world. Caren, through talking with teens and delving deep into current research into grit and positive psychology, speaks to teenagers at their level, engaging them in their language and interests. I would highly recommend this book to any teen that crosses my path.
Elizabeth Wright
Paralympic Medalist and co-founder of character education programme Resilience Wellbeing Success
A must-have for teens and their parents... Simple, elegant, scientifically-proven and practical.
Braco Pobric
Author of Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits
As a teen coming out of high school, this book is absolutely a must read! Working on it with Dr. Baruch-Feldman has not only taught me about grit but more about myself than I could have ever imagined. For any teen with any struggle, it is the ultimate recipe for success - with tools for conquering common obstacles like self- control, pessimism and giving up - this book is truly life changing!
Kira Cohen and Katie Parker
Recent Graduates from SAR High School