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Help! There's a Teenager in My House: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents

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This accessible, encouraging book addresses the most common areas of concern for parents of teenagers. Wayne Rice has compiled real questions from parents with practical, wise answers from a team of youth ministry experts.

Their advice comes from their years of experience working with youth and raising teenagers of their own. Their guidance will aid you in understanding your teen and give you confidence in balancing boundaries with freedom as you face issues such as: How should ...

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Overview

This accessible, encouraging book addresses the most common areas of concern for parents of teenagers. Wayne Rice has compiled real questions from parents with practical, wise answers from a team of youth ministry experts.

Their advice comes from their years of experience working with youth and raising teenagers of their own. Their guidance will aid you in understanding your teen and give you confidence in balancing boundaries with freedom as you face issues such as: How should I respond when my daughter is disrespectful? When is it appropriate for high schoolers to start dating? How can I help my teenager avoid negative friendships? Is my son's anger normal?

You have one of the toughest and most important jobs out there. But with the insight and support offered here, you can endure-and even enjoy-the years with a teenager in your house.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830832866
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
1 Family and Home Life
1 The messy bedroom 21
2 Chores left undone 22
3 Grown children still living at home 24
4 Conflict over vacation plans 26
5 Being clear about rules 27
6 Setting curfew 29
7 Dealing with disobedience 31
8 Changing the rules 32
9 Sibling squabbles 34
2 Emotions
10 Dealing with moodiness 37
11 Low self-image 38
12 A bad attitude 40
13 Senioritis 41
14 Disrespect 42
15 Suicide 45
16 Anger 47
3 Communication
17 Right to privacy 51
18 Getting a teen to talk 52
19 Arguments 53
20 Yelling 54
21 Kids understanding parents 56
22 Keeping a good relationship 57
23 Kids keeping their distance 57
24 How much guidance to give 59
25 Controlling your temper 60
26 Relationship with moms 61
27 Showing forgiveness 62
28 Setting a bad example 64
29 Disrespect 65
4 Dating and Sexuality
30 When to talk about sex 67
31 Old-fashioned values 68
32 Limits on dating 69
33 Is my teen having sex? 71
34 Masturbation 73
35 Providing contraceptives 74
36 Pornography 77
37 Preventing promiscuity 79
38 How to talk about sex 81
39 Sexually transmitted diseases 81
40 Homosexuality 83
41 Discovering birth control pills 86
42 How old to date? 88
43 Talking from experience 90
44 Dealing with a pregnancy 92
5 Friends
45 Bad friends 95
46 More bad friends 97
47 Clueless about friends 98
48 No friends 100
49 Choosing friends 101
50 The special-needs child 103
6 Behavior and Discipline
51 Too big to spank 105
52 Knowing what your teen is doing 106
53 The lying teenager 108
54 Teen temper tantrums 110
55 Ideas for consequences 111
56 Making consequences work 115
57 Sending teenagers away 116
58 The ADHD teenager 118
59 Foul language 121
7 Drugs and Alcohol
60 Preventing drug use 123
61 Drinking with friends 124
62 Discovering drug paraphernalia 126
63 Allowing kids to drink at home 128
64 Telling the truth about your past 129
8 Appearance
65 Teen girls and tight skirts 131
66 Body image 132
67 Dressing for church 133
68 What about tattoos? 135
69 Body piercing 138
9 Entertainment
70 Today's filthy lyrics 141
71 Setting limits on music 142
72 Going to R-rated movies 144
73 TV in the bedroom? 145
10 Technology
74 Limiting time on the computer 147
75 Cell phone usage 148
76 Screening e-mail 150
77 Online chat rooms 151
11 School
78 Teen refuses to do homework 155
79 Helping teens with homework 156
80 The overachiever 157
81 Skipping school 159
82 Homeschool versus public school 161
83 Extracurricular activities 163
84 Motivating teens to study 164
12 Values and Faith
85 Family devotions 167
86 Church attendance 168
87 Influence of entertainment media 169
88 Witches and the occult 171
89 Church youth group attendance 173
90 Self-centered teenagers 173
91 The influence of fathers 175
13 Money
92 Allowances 177
93 Paying for chores 178
94 Teaching the value of a dollar 179
95 Teen jobs 180
96 Credit cards for teens 182
14 Nontraditional Families
97 The newly formed family 185
98 A stepparent's authority 186
99 Going through a divorce 187
100 Different homes, different rules 188
101 Grandparents raising teenagers 190
About the Authors 193
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