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Busy Mom's Guide to Parenting Teens

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    A canoe trip down a mountain river – that’s how Dr.

    A canoe trip down a mountain river – that’s how Dr. Paul C. Reisser describes parenting teenagers. The scenery is constantly changing and is always interesting, but sometimes you go through choppy waters, roaring rapids, and around the next bend may be a waterfall. It’s our job to keep the family canoe as stable as possible and prevent it from flipping before our teenagers reach the calmer waters of adulthood. Dr. Reisser leads the reader through the physical, emotional, and relational transformation from childhood to adulthood. Chapter 1 addresses the physical changes that occur and reads a bit like a science book. The remaining chapters address issues such as striving for independence, social media, sexuality, tobacco and drug abuse, and tough issues that can derail a teen’s self-concept (bullying, eating disorders, depression, etc.).

    In the last chapter, “Preparing to Pass the Baton,” he places the parenting journey into a broad perspective. As parents, we have been entrusted by God to help mold our teenagers’ character, values, and spirituality while preparing them for such practical matters as choosing a career handling finances, and finding a spouse. It sounds overwhelming, but it is achieved one small step at a time.

    This book could have been titled “the Busy Parents’ Guide” instead of targeting moms as the intended reader. All information was as useful to fathers as to mothers. Also, if you are looking for specific answers on social media limitation guidelines, the answers are vague, perhaps because every child is different and there is not one black-and-white answer that applies.

    This is a basic teen parenting book to start reading if parenting teens is unfamiliar territory. I would recommend this book especially to parents of pre-teens to prepare for the journey and to begin to have open eyes to the lurking dangers. As a parent of a teenager that has been journeying through the roaring rapids already and bracing myself for whatever lies around the next bend, this book doesn’t have much to offer except to encourage me to try to enjoy the ride a little more.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    A must read for Moms with teens and younger-

    I enjoyed this guide but we are not anywhere near the teen years so much of this was new information for me to consider as my own teen years seem far behind me. I thought the book did a great job covering a wide range of topics that will impact our teens at various levels. I am certainly glad I read through this book and feel that I am more equipped with information for those teenage years and the best part is I have all that information at my finger tips to reference again and again as needed. It covers the topics of potential teenage struggles from trying to assert their independence to teen sexuality, to drugs and alcohol to the ever imposing technological world of internet and social media. It is a Christian world view to these issues which is what I am seeking. I appreciated the organization and breakdown of each section and new topic making it an easy to access quick reference guide. Key concepts/questions are highlighted throughout the text as it moves from one area to the next. I will be referencing this many times through out the years I'm sure. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of this review.

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