By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sean Covey remembers his early years and teens…being teased about his big cheeks, later worrying about girls, and juggling school, sports and friends.

His book, The Six Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, recognizes that being a teen today is even harder. Seeking content, he surveyed hundreds of teens asking for their biggest challenges. What eventuated is a book dealing with these six topics – down to earth discussions that resonant with kids.

SCHOOL: what to do with your education? FRIENDS: what kinds of friends you choose and what kind of friend will you be? PARENTS: are you going to get along with your parents?

DATING AND SEX: who you’ll date and what you’ll do about sex. ADDICTIONS: what you’ll do about smoking, drinking, drugs and other addictive stuff. SELF WORTH: Will you choose to like yourself?

The book, published by Touchtone and the audio, are being enjoyed by kids for whom assigned summer reading has always been a chore.

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