Chesterfield Writer Knows the 'Secrets Girls Keep'
Carrie Silver-Stock helps teen girls with tough decisions through her book and organization.
For more than 15 years, Carrie Silver-Stock has championed teen issues as a social worker, radio talk show host, speaker and author.
Silver-Stock received her master's degree in social work from Washington University, and a bachelor's in sociology and world perspectives from Principia College in Elsah, IL. She is also a licensed clinical social worker.
She founded Girls With Dreams to bring teens together to share their concerns and dreams, help each other make the right decisions, and live positive lives. Girls can blog on the Girls With Dreams Social Network website about anything that interests or concerns them.
Silver-Stock's first book, Powder Box Secrets, received the Benjamin Franklin Award, which recognizes excellence in independent publishing.
She wrote Secrets Girls Keep in response to a common problem she was seeing in her work with teen girls. “I noticed girls continue to struggle, and I wanted to help them,” Silver-Stock said. “Girls need to be able to share their stories and secrets. My book shares stories from other girls, so girls can identify with it.”
Online interactions, the need to fit in, how much they are eating and what's happening in their relationships are just some of the secrets girls keep, Silver-Stock said.
“Girls are not treated well in relationships,” she said. “That's an area a lot of girls don't talk about.”
Silver-Stock recommends that teen girls have a mentor, such as a favorite aunt, a cousin or a teacher, who can act as a buffer between parents and the teen. It's also important that the teen pick friends who will help her make the right choices, Silver-Stock said.
She said another big issue facing teen girls is the effects of a constant barrage of images of women with unachievable body types who have been highly sexualized.
“The sexualized content that shows up on the Internet and TV is terrible for educators, parents and girls,” Silver-Stock said. “Parents should not allow their children to watch some shows. Girls are all shapes and sizes with different fashion styles, and they don't have to get caught up in the imagery that they're being bombarded with.”
Silver-Stock has chosen to write about girls though she has two sons and no daughters.
“Ironically, I have two boys and they need the same support,” Silver-Stock said. “I haven't figured them out, but I hope somebody does.”
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