Parenting Today's Adolescent: Helping Your Child Avoid the Traps of the Preteen and Teen Years

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Normally confident moms and dads grow weak-kneed when their children enter—gasp!—puberty. Barbara and Dennis Rainey, parents of six teenage or older children, map out the unfamiliar,
demanding landscape of both pre-adolescence (ages 10-12), as well as the teen years that follow.
"Preadolescence is when convictions are shaped; adolescence is when convictions are tested," they advise parents. In Parenting Today's Adolescent the Raineys help ...

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Overview

Normally confident moms and dads grow weak-kneed when their children enter—gasp!—puberty. Barbara and Dennis Rainey, parents of six teenage or older children, map out the unfamiliar,
demanding landscape of both pre-adolescence (ages 10-12), as well as the teen years that follow.
"Preadolescence is when convictions are shaped; adolescence is when convictions are tested," they advise parents. In Parenting Today's Adolescent the Raineys help children and parents build a satisfying relationship while forging a vision for a productive, God-honoring life-before, during, and after adolescence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785265108
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 397,245
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Rainey is the executive director and co-founder of FamilyLife and co-hosts the radio program, FamilyLife Today. He is senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series, which has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and author of Parenting Today's Adolescent and The Tribute.

Barbara Rainey is the author and designer of Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember. She and Dennis have co-authored several best-selling books, including Starting Your Marriage Right, Moments Together, Parenting Today's Adolescent, and Building Your Mate's Self-Esteem.

Bruce Nygren, senior editor and writer for the book division of FamilyLife Ministry,
has spent his entire professional career in publishing-related activities. He first worked for the Des Moines, Iowa, Register and Tribune newspapers. Following that, he entered the book publishing industry, where he has worked continuously since 1977. He holds a B.A. in Social Science from the University of North Dakota and a M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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Table of Contents

Dedication vii
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
Part I From the Golden Years Through the Perils of Puberty
1. Stepping Through Traps: What Children and Their Parents Face Today 3
2. Mining Ore During the Golden Years: Never Underestimate Your Child's Potential 14
3. If We Had Just Thirty Minutes of Your Time: Seven Priorities for the Effective Parent 27
Part II Stepping Around Snares
4. The Traps of Adolescence: Preparing a Child for the Journey of a Lifetime 43
5. Trap 1: Peer Pressure: Friends Are Major Players in Shaping Your Child's Values 50
6. Trap 2: Sex (Part One): Set Your Standards High 65
7. Trap 2: Sex (Part Two): Mom and Dad Need to Teach "Sex Ed" 83
8. Trap 3: Dating: Keeping on the Path to Innocence and Purity 103
9. Trap 4: "Attitude": Checking Pride and Rebellion During Adolescence 129
10. Trap 5: Media: Plucking Pearls from a Mountain of Garbage 145
11. Trap 6: Unresolved Anger: Harmony and Peace Sure Beat the Alternatives 161
12. Trap 7: Appearance: The State of the Heart, Not the Haircut, Is the Goal 178
13. Trap 8: Deceit: There's No Substitute for Integrity 197
14. Trap 9: Substance Abuse: Trying to Find Happiness in All the Wrong Places 217
15. Trap 10: Busyness: Life Is Good When Parents and Children Sl-o-o-o-w Down 235
16. Trap 11: The Tongue: Words Can Hurt or Heal 254
17. Trap 12: Mediocrity: If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Right 271
18. Trap 13: Pornography: Stop the Spread of Slime in Your Home 288
19. Trap 14: False Gods: Learning to Cling to the True God 305
Part III Prayerfully Persevere
20. Will Adolescence Ever End?: Yes! And Life Is Good! 325
Appendix A Understanding Puberty 332
Appendix B Recommended Resources 336
Notes 345
Index 352
About the Authors 361
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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Must read for all parents with preteens

    I wish I had found this book a few years ago before my daughter hit the teen years. There is so much good information to help guide your children through the difficult issues in the teen years. The best time to start is when they are younger and still listen to you. This book will help you lay a good foundation for helping them make good decisions when the issues are more crucial.

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    Posted January 30, 2008

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    As a father of 5, including 3 girls, I found this challenging and inspiring. I realize I have work to do, that I can't pass off the 'sex stuff' to mom. This lists goals only Dad can acccomplish, and it provides practical steps to get there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Great Goal

    This book may seem unrealistic to some, but for the parent who desires to give their kids the best tools to make wise decisions for the future it is invaluable! Worldly and spiritual threats are real and active, yet Christian parents need to know there is hope for their children. We have the privilege and responsibility of leading them in the right Way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    Buy This One Before Your Kids Hit Jr. High

    Very relevant for today's Christian parents who are trying to raise kids that will overcome the temptations of this world. My son is entering 8th grade and we're having some wonderful discussions on what lies ahead for him. The authors pass on their own experiences and advice. I need that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    Important Book for every Parent!

    This book is really helping me, as a parent of four. A must for every parent who wants to lead their child to 'the high moral ground.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    How to Drive Your Teenager into the Arms of the Opposite Sex

    Goes overboard with parental expectations. This is written by a man who cancelled his subscription to Sports Illustrated in 1976 when he got the swimsuit issue! (p. 156) He calls his daughters two year relationship with a boy (p. 121) 'All in all the relationship turned out to be very healthy. They dated for two years and never kissed.' Yet this same book warns about the radical homosexual element in our culture. His college age son Samuel has never kissed a girl and is waiting until 'I get to the alter.' (p. 90) Who would marry someone they've never even kissed? If you think this is a realistic and healthy way to expect your teen to act around the opposite sex you're dreaming.

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