The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dating For Teens [NOOK Book]

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You're no idiot, of course. You know how confusing dating can be. And whether you've got first-date jitters or first-kiss fears, you're just not sure how to deal.But dating doesn't have to be so difficult-all you need are a few tips on how to put your best self forward! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Dating for Teens can show you how to: * Figure out the do's and don'ts of dating etiquette-from "Who pays for what?" to "When should I call?" * Let someone know you're into them. * Deal with your parents if they ...
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dating For Teens

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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know how confusing dating can be. And whether you've got first-date jitters or first-kiss fears, you're just not sure how to deal.But dating doesn't have to be so difficult-all you need are a few tips on how to put your best self forward! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Dating for Teens can show you how to: * Figure out the do's and don'ts of dating etiquette-from "Who pays for what?" to "When should I call?" * Let someone know you're into them. * Deal with your parents if they don't like who you're dating. * Know if you're ready to go steady. * Pick fun stuff to do on a date. * Handle a breakup.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
The popular Complete Idiot's Guide series branches out into teen issues with these two books. Dating for Teens intends to give teens the information they need about relationships and love so they can have a better dating experience. The author compares the game of dating to sports and uses sports analogies throughout the book. She teaches such lessons as "The Playing Field," describing how dating today is both similar and different to practices of the past. "The Dating Game" details how to ask for a date, what types of activities happen on dates, and how to break up. "Training for the Dating Game:Your Behavior Is You" examines one's identity, values, and dealing with emotions. "Advanced Plays:Love and Sex" defines the difference between love and sex and when teens might be ready for either one. Although the information in the book is valid, it is written in such a way that it actually will turn teens off. The book opens with a scenario about sixteen-year-old Ben, who wants to "plunge into the dating game" but worries that he might need "special qualifications to date." Teens will not relate to Ben because his dilemma is written too clinically, making him seem like a subject in a psychology textbook about teenagers not for them. Although Rabens attempts to lighten the tone of the book with the sports theme, it gets tiresome quickly. Friendship for Teens is written in a more conversational tone and is therefore more accessible to teens. There are quotes by teenagers about friendship scattered throughout the book that help keep the focus on teens. If teens truly need help dating or making friends, they will not seek out books such as these. A group of teens might see either on theshelf in the library and laugh together at it, but the lone teen who needs the help will not take the book home. Parents might be interested in these titles to compare their experiences with those of teenagers today, but teens will not be interested. A better alternative is.... Any Advice by Tucker Shaw and Fiona Gibb (Penguin Putnam, 2000/VOYA December 2000), which uses real letters by real teens to address the issues of friendship and dating. VOYA CODES:3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects;For the YA with a special interest in the subject;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Alpha Books/Macmillan USA, 266p, $12.95 Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer:Jennifer Rice—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440695605
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2000
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 687,932
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

SUSAN RABENS is a consultant specializing in individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She works with and has lectured at high schools, community colleges, and professional organizations. Part of her practice has included FuturePlans, an innovative program she designed for college-bound students, adults, and seniors in school, work, and retirement transitions.

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Table of Contents

I. THE PLAYING FIELD.

1. The Teen Scene.
How Life Has Changed and How It Has Not. Today's Teen Scene. Future Shock. Friends to the End. Modern Times. Teen Dating in the New Millennium.

2. Everyone into the Game.
Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Am I Just Out of It? Let's Sort Things Out. It Really Is a Game. The Fundamentals of the Game. It's a Game-Not a Race.

3. Your Relationship with Relationships.
Defining a Relationship. Relationships Have Their Own Lives. “Real-ationships” . You Already Have Experience with Relationships. You've Got a Friend. You Have a Relationship with Yourself.

4. Building a Relationship.
Knowing Yourself. Knowing What Kind of Friend You Want. Knowing What Kind of Friend You Want to. Questioning Your Friendships. Friendships and Communications. Making Friends Who Are Different Than You. Sustaining a Relationship. Changing Relationships.

II. THE DATING GAME.

5. Asking for a Date.
Getting Up for the Game. Defining a Date. Asking Her Out: The Male Perspective. Asking Him Out: The Female Perspective. Being Asked Out.

6. The Varieties of Dates.
Dating in the Twenty-First Century. Dating: The Wide Varieties. Knowing What to.

7. The Date Begins.
Identify the Dating Basics. Learn the Fine Art of Communication. Laugh and the World Laughs with You. Mind Your Manners. What to Do When the Date Is Done.

8. Keeping Things Going.
Momentum: Setting the Date in Motion. Including Friends in Your Date. Meeting the Parents. Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve. Recognizing the Signs of Attraction. Saying Good Night: The End of the Date.

9. Getting Serious.
Thinking About Getting Serious. “Going Steadily” . Going Steady. Coping with Conflict. Getting Through Arguments.

10. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.
It Ain't Gonna Be Easy. How Does It End? What Are the Danger Signs? How Do You Stop Going Out? What Do You Do Now? What Have You Learned?

III. TRAINING FOR THE DATING GAME: YOUR BEHAVIOR IS YOU.

11. The Search for Your Identity.
Being Up for the Game. Looking at Yourself in the Mirror. Knowing Your Role in the Family. Independence Day. Seeing Yourself as a Person. Seeing Yourself as a Boyfriend or Girlfriend.

12. Your Values and Passions.
Choosing Your Role Models. Developing Principles. Achieving Maturity. Developing Responsibility. Looking to the Future, but Living in the Present. Choosing a Direction. Sharing and Privacy. Knowing When It Feels Right.

13. Dealing with Your Emotions.
Trust and Honesty: The Bedrock of Emotional Stability. Coping with Jealousy. Dealing with Anger and Letting Go of Grudges. Doing Away with Guilt. Avoiding Obsession. Getting a Handle on Anxiety. Moodiness. Handling Depression. Looking at the World Through Cynical Eyes. Going for the Joy.

14. Making Decisions.
Why Are Decisions Important? How Do You Make Decisions? Can You Live with Your Decisions? Can You Change Your Mind?

15. Parents: Your Own and Your Date's.
Abiding by the Rules of the House. Learning the Rules of the Road. Complying with Curfews. Handling Criticism. What if They Don't Like Your Partner? Developing Better Relationships with Your Parents.

IV. ADVANCED PLAYS: LOVE AND SEX.

16. Falling in Love.
What Are the Different Kinds of Love? Is It Love? What Does It Mean? What Does Love Tell You About Yourself?

17. Staying in Love.
Discovering How to Stay in Love. Keeping Tabs. Love Changes You.

18. Sexuality and Sex.
What Is Sex? Is Sex a Natural Part of Dating? Is Everyone Doing It? What Happens to Your Relationship After Sex? Is Your Relationship a Partnership?

19. Ready or Not?
Know the Difference Between Love and Sex. Time to See if It's Time. Remember the First Time. Behave Responsibly and Maturely.

20. Know the Score: Be Careful!
For Every Action There Is a Reaction. Preventing Pregnancy. Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Knowing the Truth About AIDS. Facing Pregnancy: What to Do When Birth Control Fails. Facing the Emotional Consequences of Sexual Activity. Lessons Learned.

Appendix.
Bibliography.

Index.
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