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Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    Must read for parents, teachers, administrators, and everyone

    Research and theory come together to provide a look into the adolescent bubble, and it's not pretty. But unlike other books on adolescence, Allen and Allen are qualified to present solutions that are solidly grounded in current developmental science. Fortunately for us, they do just that. Our teens are in trouble, and this is the book that will help caring adults figure out how to help.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    For parents of adolescents: essential reading

    If you remember that your adolescense was a lot different than the one your teenager is having, this book explains the dynamics that account for the difference. It also describes the limitations of the "adolescent bubble,"(or the situation of the typical adolescent who is caught up in and cut off by a teen world) and what parents can do to turn the situation around and promote positive changes. Some of the suggestions are common sense ideas, which gain new force through their placement in this context. Our sons have not been problems, but we have been caught up in the adolescent issues of chores-money-surliness-homework and wondered how to get out of this mess. This book helps us think through changes we can make now, which can turn the situation around.
    Unlike the popular "self-help" books, this book refers to research to support their claims and constructs a bigger historical picture that helps explain the contemporary teenage world. The history of the Allens' professional cases of counselling individual teenagers provide examples of the types of problems they are discussing. They also include examples of small changes that worked for them and their peers when dealing with teenagers. However, even if these particular changes do not address your specific needs, you can come up with your own solutions because the Allens are so clear in describing the larger scale teen problems.
    As a whole, the book is well-written. For my personal taste, there is too much of a personal tone. However, I think many people will enjoy that tone. Given the more holistic perspective and the practicality of these authors, I am reminded of WEndy Mogel's "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee," even though that book focused on young children. Yet unlike Mogel, the Allens locate their book firmly in the secular world. I think "Escaping the Endless Adolescence" is an important book that the parents of all teenagers should read. Even if your child is not actually a problem to you, it helps make sense of their world and allows you to parent more effectively.

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