How To Say It to Teens: Talking About the Most Important Topics of Their Lives

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A parents' survival guide for raising teens—a new addition to the popular How to Say It series
Raising teens is one of the greatest responsibilities in life. It is also one of the most challenging. So how are parents to cope—especially with the ever—growing social pressures that today's teens face? Dr. Richard Heyman has the answer: with the right communication skills almost any problem parents face with their teenage children can be overcome.
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Overview

A parents' survival guide for raising teens—a new addition to the popular How to Say It series
Raising teens is one of the greatest responsibilities in life. It is also one of the most challenging. So how are parents to cope—especially with the ever—growing social pressures that today's teens face? Dr. Richard Heyman has the answer: with the right communication skills almost any problem parents face with their teenage children can be overcome.
Offering the same practical how—to information that has made the popular How to Say It series so successful, this important reference teaches parents how to talk to their teens not only as a parent, but as a friend and advisor. One hundred and one separate A—to—Z topics cover the most common and contentious issues facing teens and their parents. Chapters range from difficult topics such as contraception, pregnancy, tattoos and body piercing, curfews, sex, and drugs to more mundane matters such as budgeting, careers, money, and friends. Based on real—life examples, each chapter serves as an instant resource for:
Words and phrases to use and those to avoid
Techniques for starting conversations on important issues
Getting teens to think openly about each action and its consequences
Ways to offer advice in the right way at the right time
Including self tests that will help parents assess their own communication skills, How to Say It to Teens is of critical importance to ensuring family harmony, the parental sanity, and the emotional and physical well—being of teens.

Author Biography: Richard Heyman, Ed.D. is a Professor of Communication and Education at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Why Didn't You Say That in the First Place and has successfully parented his own three children through their teenage years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735201880
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2001
  • Series: How to Say It Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,373,804
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part One: The Communication Ethic: Five Universal Principles of Communication 1
A Parent-Teacher Communication Skills Self-Inventory 8
Part Two: How to Talk About the Most Important Topics for You and Your Teens 15
1. Anger 17
2. Anxiety 21
3. Appearance 25
4. Attitude 29
5. Authority 33
6. Boys 37
7. Bullying and Teasing 41
8. Careers 46
9. Cars 50
10. Choices 54
11. Chores 58
12. Clothes 62
13. College 66
14. Communication 71
15. Competition 75
16. Contraception 80
17. Cooperation 84
18. Criticism 89
19. Curfews 93
20. Dating 97
21. Death 102
22. Discipline 107
23. Divorce and Remarriage 112
24. Drinking 117
25. Drugs 122
26. Failure 127
27. Family 131
28. Fear 136
29. Feelings 140
30. Fitting In 145
31. Food 150
32. Friends 155
33. Girls 159
34. Goals 164
35. Gratitude 169
36. Guns 174
37. Harassment 179
38. Hate 184
39. Health 189
40. Homosexuality 194
41. Honesty 198
42. Hopes 203
43. Hypocrisy 208
44. Identity 212
45. Injustice 217
46. Independence 222
47. Internet 227
48. Jealousy 232
49. Language 237
50. Listening 242
51. Love 247
52. Lying 252
53. Maturity 257
54. Money 262
55. Morals 267
56. Movies 272
57. Music 277
58. Needs and Wants 282
59. Partying 287
60. Peer Pressure 292
61. Personality 296
62. Popularity 301
63. Pregnancy 306
64. Prejudice 311
65. Privacy 316
66. Punctuality 321
67. Punishment 326
68. Relationships 331
69. Religion 336
70. Reputation 341
71. Respect 346
72. Rights and Responsibilities 351
73. Rules356
74. School 361
75. Self-control 366
76. Self-esteem 371
77. Sense of Humor 376
78. Sex 381
79. Smoking 386
80. Sports 391
81. Stress 396
82. Studying 401
83. Success 406
84. Suicide 411
85. Tattoos and Body Piercing 416
86. Trust 421
87. Values 426
88. Violence 431
Index 437
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    How To Say It To YOUR Teens and Actually Have Them Listen!

    Have you stood there one too many times with your mouth open, speechless, unable to communicate with your teenager? Tired of hearing lame responses spew out of your mouth? Once you read 'How To Say It To Teens', you'll be able to say 'it' and sound like a genius. 'It' encompasses 88 crucial topics (from A to V!) that affect most kids as they pass through junior high, high school and college. From anger and appearance, dating and discipline, to stress and studying, values and violence, Richard Heyman spells out what to say and, equally important, what not to say to your teenager. After reading his book, you'll be amazed at how much easier it becomes to have a conversation with your son or daughter. The next time they crank up their stereo so loud that the windows are reverberating, you bang on their bedroom door and, when the door swings open, you will be thinking, 'Turn that horrible noise down now! Your music stinks! This is my house!' But, instead, you might find yourself shouting, 'I'm sure you didn't mean to play your music so loud that it bothers everyone else. How about turning it down a little or listening with your headphones?' It could happen, you know. And your teen might even say, 'Sorry. I didn't mean to play it so loud. I'll turn it down right away!' Now try the 87 other topics. You'll love this book. I wouldn't say 'it' unless I meant 'it'. Barbara Cooke, MS Editor and Publisher, The Parentteen Connection

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