Winner of a 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award.
Making Bad Stuff Good was the result of Sandra's more than 35 years of working with young people as a clinical psychologist. We follow the conversations and experiences of a group of middle-schoolers as they learn some strategies for dealing with problems, mistakes, and failures. They find out that meeting a challenge can be fun and that happiness is an attitude, not a condition!
How you respond to what happens to you is more important than what actually happens to you. How you interpret what happens to you is determined by your attitude. Problems aren't necessarily "bad." They are a part of life, and dealing with them constructively can make you a stronger person.
"Welcome to the weekly meeting of the 'No Name Club,' a time to enjoy comfort food, discover self- awareness, and learn effective problem-solving strategies. Sandra Humphrey explores ways to positively and effectively deal with the dilemmas and troubles facing contemporary adolescents. Problems are not just obstacles but opportunities for growth and progress if faced with a positive attitude and intelligent choices." -Philip Bigler, 1998 National Teacher of the Year
"Making Bad Stuff Good is an effective tool for helping young people learn how to cope with life's problems from a positive approach. The common sense story leads tweens to deal with daily difficulties in a healthy, proactive manner.
Set in a study club, each student takes on a role suited for their own personality and sees a variety of scenarios from each other's perspectives. As time goes on, they learn to support one another and to build lasting connections and trust.