Teen-Proofing: A Revolutionary Approach to Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager

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  • ISBN-13: 9780836227659
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Helps parents gain perspective

    Rosemond emphasizes that the primary developmental job of a teenager is to practice those skills necessary to live independently. His approach promotes responsibility AND independence, and should leave a kid with the realization that freedom comes with responsibilities. I like his repeated emphasis on the fact that the parent's job is to be a PARENT, not the kid's friend, and that, in adolescence, the parent's job is to give the kid increasing responsibility. Micromanaging parents, take note! On the flip side, this book is "scripture-based" and has some Biblical references in it. If you're not a Christian, this is frustrating. The book is good enough to overcome this (and I realize it's probably a "plus" for many readers), so, if you're not a Christian - the book is still well worth reading. He's also adamantly opposed to any form of sex education other than abstinence, and this is the book's major flaw as far as I'm concerned. Bottom line: it's a great book. Read, think critically, and take the overall message to heart: your job is not to micromanage your kid! As far as the Scripture-based stuff and the insistence on abstinence, you'll either like it or you won't... it's not for everyone, but the book is strong enough to overcome it for those who aren't in agreement with these sections. Please note - the book is oriented mainly towards kids who are not gravely disturbed; this isn't the book you'd start with if your child is already violent towards his/her parents and other adults, for example. It's aimed at the majority of families, with kids ranging from "good kids" to "rowdy kids."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Rosemond does it again

    Teen Proofing by John Rosemond The book I selected is ¿Teen Proofing:¿ by John Rosemond. I selected this for several reasons. I enjoy his weekly column and find his reasoning, more often than not, to be right on the mark. I also have a 10 year old son who is rapidly approaching what Rosemond calls the ¿tweenage¿ years - i.e., Middle School. This book was not particularly an in-depth philosophical, or psychological, study of adolescence. Rather, it was written as a practical guide for family (especially parental) survival through the teenage years. Rosemond openly states these thoughts and recommendations were initially tried on his own family and refined through 20 years of private practice. It is based on the idea that ¿Gramma knew best¿ and that teenagers have, and should have, a responsibility to the family. The book is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is called placing it in perspective. Basically, it reiterates that adolescents are still children and that children will act thier age. The second chapter is a review of the stages of childhood leading up to adolescence. This includes the ¿tweenage¿ years or pre-adolescence in which children start to re-assert their own identity. Rosemond points out that the problem at this stage is not the children, but parents who suddenly discover they are no longer the most important factor in their child¿s life. Am I still needed? Parents can then fall into one of three categories - a) Micromanagers or Control Freaks which can only lead to communication problems, deceit, disloyalty. Rosemond contends that teenagers cannot be controlled. b) Wimps who let children control them c) Mentors! Parents can control the parent/child relationship but never the child, him/herself. This last is the healthiest in that an adolescent must be free to make their own choices, parents can still lead by suggestion and providing consequences, and preparing parents for the day they must face their child, adult to adult. The book goes on to describe the six ¿C¿s which make up the ¿most important¿ factors in a teenagers life.....Curfew, Cash, Car, Cohorts, Conflict and Consequences. In all six, Rosemond shows a recurring theme. The child must be responsible for his own actions. He must recognize that there are rules to live by and that, if rules are broken, there will be consequences. He then goes on to present many cases and scenarios to illustrate his points. There is one section on ¿Creative Consequences¿ which can range from spending an hour in your room for small infractions (with no TV, Hi-Fi or computer) to selling your child¿s car (which you bought) for really gross infractions. In every instance, the child is given the choice of acting responsibly or irresponsibly, knowing what the consequences will be. The book a very enjoyable ¿read¿. John Rosemond is an entertaining writer who readily admits to being somewhat of a maverick as a psychologist. For the most part, his theories and recommendations seem sensible. At the very least, the book is very thought provoking and well worth the time to consider how to survive the teenage years.

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