Do I Get My Allowance Before or after I'm Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen by Vanessa Van Petten | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Do I Get My Allowance Before or after I'm Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen

Do I Get My Allowance Before or after I'm Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen

by Vanessa Van Petten
     
 

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Vanessa Petten bridges the communication gap between teens and parents.

Every parent fears "losing" their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear.

At 16, Vanessa Van Petten started her award-winning website, RadicalParenting.com, in reaction to sudden

Overview

Vanessa Petten bridges the communication gap between teens and parents.

Every parent fears "losing" their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear.

At 16, Vanessa Van Petten started her award-winning website, RadicalParenting.com, in reaction to sudden friction with her parents. Today, Vanessa and more than one hundred teen contributors help thousands of parents build and maintain healthy, strong, mutually fulfilling relationships with their teenage children-by providing prescriptive advice straight from the source.

From classic fights like dating and chores to 21st Century issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, this comprehensive book provides step-by-step guidance on every worry, including:

  • Lying
  • Peer Pressure
  • Social Networking
  • Sex
  • School
  • Drugs

    It's never too late to reconnect. Vanessa Van Petten helps you learn what's really going on in your child's life, and most importantly- understand when to put your foot down and when to let go.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Van Petten, founder of the popular Web site RadicalParenting.com, offers parents a candid view of the contemporary teen's world in this eye-opening text. Van Petten uses actual stories about teens and their often anxious, angry, or befuddled parents to introduce each chapter. Pointing out that she is neither a parent nor a teen (nor a doctor, therapist, or counselor), the college-grad author has nevertheless earnestly investigated her subject and includes current research on teens as well as hundreds of "real quotes, interviews, e-mails and advice from actual teens." Van Petten explores a variety of timely subjects, including peer relationships, teen/parent communication, bullying, technology, and "risky business" (smoking, drinking, sex, and more). Her outlook on technology and "Internet savvy" is particularly incisive, emphasizing not only the hazards of "time-suck" activities (i.e., Facebook, chatting on IM, and texting) but also the many social and academic benefits of the digital universe. Like a crafty spy, Van Petten comfortably segues from parent to teen perspective, and while noting that each adolescent is unique, she skillfully opens doors to the collective teen psyche. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews

A 25-year-old "youthologist" offers firsthand insight to assist parents and children in building better relationships.

By the time Van Petten was ready to celebrate her Sweet Sixteen, she had already achieved success as the founder of RadicalParenting.com, a website that curates parenting tips from teenagers. Building on the same formula that won her numerous accolades and skyrocketed sales of her two previously self-published titles, the author culls advice from teenagers and translates it directly into language parents can understand. "Some of the advice in this book you may not like," Van Petten cautions parents in the introduction. This might be particularly true of the chapter entitled, "Risky Business: Smoking, Drinking, Sex and More," in which the author adamantly states from the get-go, "Every teen will engage in 'risky' behavior." Practical solutions on how to address issues ranging from chores to curfews, and even cyber bullying, can be found here, in addition to exercises for parents and their teens to improve family unity. Most effective is the author's discussion of the distractions and difficulties presented by society's increasing reliance on technology; she suggests enforcing electronic-free times and areas and engaging in family-wide discussions about what it means to be a good cybercitizen. Van Petten's overarching message is that all teenagers are different, and regardless of their issues, most teenagers wish their parents would talk and listen to them more, not less.

A rational approach to defuse hand-to-hand combat parenting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101543696
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
691,727
File size:
343 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Vanessa Van Petten has been writing and speaking about teen issues since she was sixteen. She founded RadicalParenting.com and writes it with one hundred teen contributors. Now twenty-five, Van Petten lives in Los Angeles.

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