Tweens need more positive influences in their lives
Today’s tweens have it rough. Never before have kids been exposed to so much information via mainstream and digital media, and many of the messages they experience on a daily basis can be detrimental to their self-esteem.
That’s why whenever we come across something that’s billed as being a positive influence on young girls, we take notice – especially when it’s something like a “magazine dedicated exclusively to building self-esteem in girls.”
BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine is a magazine for tween girls which strives to “build self-esteem in fun and empowering ways with features on positive celebrity role models, stories about real girls making a difference, tips, advice, games, crafts, contests, jokes, and much more. Topics include friendships, bullying, inner beauty, empowerment, community service, and other timely subjects to help today’s girl glow from the inside out.”
I recently had the opportunity to review the magazine, and was pleased to see that it lived up to its claims.
The magazine is bright and colourful, with lots of photos and relatively little advertising. It is a nice mix of fun content like quizzes, puzzles, jokes, an astrological star guide and craft ideas combined with more serious articles, tips and Q&A on topics like friendship, girls making a difference, BFF dramas and bullying.
There is a lot of emphasis on accepting and celebrating differences in people and each issue features tween readers who have written in to answer questions such as “What it means to be your own you” or “How I shine my heartlight bright” (tips for inner and outer beauty).
Every issue features an interview with a young celebrity, and I love the positive messages interspersed throughout these articles. For example Madison Pettis shared her “good friend checklist”, Kelli Berglund talked about being positive and shared her “girl power” tips and Stefanie Scott spoke about bullying, courage and making a difference in other people’s lives.
My 12 year old daughter enjoyed reading the magazines we were sent to review. She particularly enjoyed the quizzes and tips on things like how to be a good friend, being environmentally friendly and standing up to bullying. She also really liked the section on sleepover ideas. Although she didn’t comment specifically on the positive messages throughout the magazine, I certainly appreciated that they were there!
Win a Subscription to BYOU Magazine!
Tweenhood is giving away a one year subscription to BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below about something you think you or your tween daughter (or another tween you know) would enjoy about this magazine.
BYOU magazine is published by Heartlight Girls Publications, LLC and is available at many Chapters-Indigo stores across Canada and at Barnes & Noble, Kroger, and Meijer locations in the US. You can also purchase subscriptions or single issues online at www.BYOUmagazine.com.
For a chance to win a 1 year subscription to BYOU magazine, please enter a comment below telling us what you think you or your daughter would enjoy about this magazine.
* Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the United States. One winner will be chosen by random draw to receive a 1 year subscription (6 issues) to BYOU magazine. Contest will close on Wednesday, October 9th at 11:59 pm.
Disclosure: We were given a few issues of BYOU magazine for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)