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Anita Naik - Author

About the Author

Anita Naik is a freelance writer who writes for New Woman, Eve, Zest, Red, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. Specialising in health, relationship and lifestyle issues, Anita was also the advice columnist on Just 17, the sex columnist on More and is currently the advice columnist and health editor on Closer magazine.

Books by Anita Naik

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, puberty and parenting expert Anita Naik addresses any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal'. She reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty. The book also includes lifestyle advice on topics like healthy eating and exercise, and information on how puberty affects boys. Topics covered: What is puberty? Your puberty timeline Breasts and bras Same age, different stage Skin changes Sweat, smells and personal hygiene Hair in new places Down there What are periods? The practical side of periods Coping with periods Sex explained Making babies New feelings Managing your moods Healthy eating The power of exercise Self-esteem and body image Privacy and your body Puberty for boys Boys have worries, too

Quick Expert's Guide: Safe Social Networking

Quick Expert's Guide: Safe Social Networking

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2015

A perfect guide to becoming safe and savvy social networkers for children aged 12+. It shows how they can make the most of social networks and dodge the pitfalls - master the privacy settings, control how much they share, and avoid peer pressure so they that have the best time online.

How to be a Girl

How to be a Girl

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Be the boss of you! How To Be A Girl is an easy-reading journey through girlhood and what it's like to be a girl growing up today. It examines important issues such as puberty, the politics of body hair, female stereotypes, intelligence, physical appearance, double standards and the vernacular used to describe girls and boys. It also looks at the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls by the media. How to Be A Girl is a modern feminist book for today's tweens and teens. It's a call for girls to stop beating themselves up by aiming for a so-called 'beauty ideal', to stop worrying and to start living their lives according to their own agenda. Confidence building and self esteem boosting - How To Be A Girl is not a diatribe on gender differences but a consciousness-raising, articulate and cool walk-through of what it is to be a strong and empowered young girl today. Contains sections on: body image, dieting & eating disorders, media portrayal, plastic/cosmetic surgery, body hair, online porn, dating, self esteem & confidence, discrimination, sexual harassment and empowerment. Be the change.

Teen Life Confidential: Queen Bees, Drama Queens & Cliquey Teens

Teen Life Confidential: Queen Bees, Drama Queens & Cliquey Teens

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

With queen bees, drama queens and cliquey teens girl friendships can be tough! Teen Life Confidential is here to help with this guide for teenagers looking for help surviving the friendship game. Hanging out with your best friends can be awesome, but what happens when things go wrong? Queen Bees, Drama Queens and Cliquey Teens answers your friendship problems and questions and gives advice on everything from how to cope with the bullies and mean girls at school, to how to be a better friend yourself. Written by experienced author Anita Naik, this title explores all aspects of teenage girl friendships and the problems that surround them. We look at what being popular means, the downsides of friendships and what to do when things go wrong. Includes an 8 ways to empower yourself guide. Self-esteem and self-confidence are vital when coping with girl friendships and girl bullying, so we've given 8 things that the reader can do every day to improve their confidence and build their self esteem. Each section is accompanied by quotes from real teenagers to give examples of real-life problems that teenagers experience every day. We also feature quizzes to help you to assess your own behaviour and work out what your friendship style is. Anita Naik is an author, columnist, blogger and journalist. She started her career as advice columnist on the teen magazine Just 17, and is now the agony aunt at Teen Now magazine and Avon Connects. She is also a regular contributor to the parenting technology site Quibly (http://www.quib.ly) and writes regularly on the subjects of teens, tech, parenting, education and social media, across various media platforms and magazines. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. We are grateful to Claude Knights at Kidscape for her advice in the creation of this book. For more information please visit: http://www.kidscape.org.uk/ Chapter One - Being popular: What does it means to be popular and who you are friends with right now? Chapter Two - The girls who rule school: Here we look at the girls at the top of the class and why they behave the way they do. Chapter Three - The downside of friendships: Relational aggression explained and ways to deal with the mean behaviours that arise in girl friendships. Chapter Four - What kind of friend are you? Helps readers to assess their own friendship behaviour. We look at the different types of friend and the problems of the behaviours associated with them. Chapter Five - When things go wrong: How to cope with friendships that end, or turn nasty. A Help Section gives details of places to go for further help and guidance, and a glossary explains specific terms to readers.

Teen Life Confidential: Texts, Tweets, Trolls and Teens

Teen Life Confidential: Texts, Tweets, Trolls and Teens

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

The online world is a whirl of texts, tweets, trolls, teens and more but how do you stay safe in this fast-paced online world? Teen Life Confidential is here to help with this guide to safe social networking. New technology, amazing apps and an array of social networks make the digital world an exciting place to be. But it can also be a worrying world of anxiety, stress, and another route for bullies to use. Written by experienced author Anita Naik, this title explores all aspects of a teenager's online life, from simple texting behaviour to how to deal with the negative side. We look at how young people use tech, what is social media, the issues of privacy, and the negatives of online life. Including: The 10 ways to stay safe online checklist. Each section is accompanied by quotes from teenagers to give examples of real-life problems that teenagers experience every day. We also feature quizzes to help readers to assess their own behaviour and work out what their tech style is. Anita Naik is an author, columnist, blogger and journalist. She started her career as advice columnist on the teen magazine Just 17, and is now the agony aunt at Teen Now magazine and Avon Connects. She is also a regular contributor to the parenting technology site Quibly (http://www.quib.ly) and writes regularly on the subjects of teens, tech, parenting, education and social media, across various media platforms and magazines. Quibly is a parenting tech site answering every question you could possibly have about your kids online. We are grateful to Holly Seddon and James Diamond from Quibly for their advice in the creation of this book. For more information please visit: http://quib.ly/welcome Chapter One - How are you using tech? looks at what teens are doing online and when. Chapter Two - Texting teens takes a look at the phenomenon of messaging; teens are at it all the time, so what's it all about? Chapter Three - Social Media looks at what teens are doing on social media, the problems of social media, and encourages teenagers to think about what they are posting. Chapter Four - Privacy Issues takes a look at the privacy controls available to teens, and how and why they should be used. Chapter Five - The Dark Side talks to teens about the side of online life that is unsafe, including trolls and trolling, cyberbullying, grooming and illegal activity and content, giving advice on how to avoid them and how to deal with situations that can become frightening and stressful. A Help Section gives details of places to look for further help and guidance, and a glossary explains specific terms to readers.

Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being YOU

Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being YOU

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2013

Are you scared to take risks in case you make a fool of yourself? Do you need other people's approval? If someone likes you do you think there must be something wrong with them? Do you hate your body? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this essential guide will help you to turn your opinions around. It will boost yourself esteem and encourage you to believe in who and what you are.

The Lazy Girl's Guide To A Blissful Pregnancy

The Lazy Girl's Guide To A Blissful Pregnancy

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

THE LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO A BLISSFUL PREGNANCY is your guide to getting pregnant, being pregnant and life after pregnancy. It's for all girls who want to find the less stressed way to be pregnant but are too busy to wade through all the books, leaflets and advice. It's about the stuff that's tricky, such as how to work when you have 24 hour fatigue and morning sickness. And the stuff that's annoying, such as how to deal with the myriad of medical, anecdotal and personal advice thrown at you. But most of all THE LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO A BLISSFUL PREGNANCY is about the parts of being pregnant that secretly worry you - pregnancy sex, first time parenting, meeting your new baby and how to avoid turning your chic house into a large oversized playroom! Crammed full of: * Expert advice on pre and post pregnancy fashion and beauty * Essential mum tips on first time motherhood, and surviving labour * Smart advice on the emotional, physical and lifestyle changes of pregnancy

The Lazy Girl's Guide To The High Life On A Budget

The Lazy Girl's Guide To The High Life On A Budget

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2009

Worried about how you'll be able to afford all the things you love in the midst of the credit crisis? With almost twice as many people aged 18-24 as stressed by their financial situation as those aged over 55, and a third of 18-30 year olds cutting back on going out due to limited funds, THE LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE HIGH LIFE ON A BUDGET is an essential survival guide to living it up without losing the plot. It's about making sense of the credit crunch, dealing with your debts and learning to be thrifty, all so you can live your life as glamorously as you want. Full of tips on how to do everything from the frivolous - shop smartly and be supermarket savvy - to the serious - downshift and bounce back from redundancy - it's the most prudent buy of the season.

Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days

Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days

Author: Anita Naik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

For every girl that wants to know how to apply make-up, how to ask a guy out, how to survive school and of course, how to buy a bra that fits... this book is an oracle of knowledge that no teenage girl should be without! With advice on boys, friends, parents, school and fashion, Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days reveals all in one stylish, ultimate handbook.

Let's Talk Sex

Let's Talk Sex

Author: Anita Naik, Davina McCall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2007

So, you've survived the sleepless nights, the midnight feeds and the terrible twos, but now the first days of school are approaching and it's time to think about preparing your children for the big, bad world. But how do you look after their emotional health? How can you build their self-esteem? And how do you start preparing them for adult life so that when they are faced with new, exciting or even intimidating grown-up situations they have the confidence to make strong, informed decisions? Here, in Let's Talk Sex Davina McCall and Anita Naik set out to answer all these questions and more. Packed full of information on everything from puberty and self-esteem to contraception and pregnancy, this practical and no-nonsense guide to sex, emotional health and relationships will help you to talk comfortably to your children, whatever their age. There is a comprehensive sex test that will show you just how much you know about the birds and the bees and Q&A sections to help you answer those really difficult questions should you get stuck. There are also a number of 'parent-free zones' so your children can read the facts of life for themselves. As tempting as it is to bury your head in the sand and hope they will learn everything they need from their teachers and their friends, research shows that children who can talk to their parents are much more likely to delay sex until they're ready and to practise safe sex when they do take the plunge. So be brave, take a deep breath, sit your children down and get talking. You never know, they may even thank you for it!

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