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Structured, like the first book, around an inspirational poem, Teenagers Learn What They Live addresses the turbulent teenage years, when a stew of hormones, pressures, and temptations makes for such extreme ...
Structured, like the first book, around an inspirational poem, Teenagers Learn What They Live addresses the turbulent teenage years, when a stew of hormones, pressures, and temptations makes for such extreme challenges for parents and children. Teenagers addresses popularity and peer pressure ("If teenagers live with rejection, they learn to feel lost"); the responsibilities of maturity ("If teenagers live with too many rules, they learn how to get around them./ If teenagers live with too few rules, they learn to ignore the needs of others"); body image and the allure of cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol ("If teenagers live with healthy habits, they learn to be kind to their bodies"). Central to the book are ways for parents to communicate with their teenage children-including how to deal with being "tuned out" and when to start the conversation again-and how to strike the right balance between holding on and accepting a teen's growing independence. Hundreds of examples of parent-child interactions cover everything from the all-night graduation party to problems of sexual identity, providing great guidance as well as effective conversation starters.
This Book definitely provides helpful insights and does so in a light, yet practical manner. It is clear throughout that the anecdotes are fictional, They are too numerous and too far from realistic to be beneficial; however, the situations portrayed are often good food for thought. This is a good book to read as your children enter adolescence... not once they're already deep into the teen years. Also, I don't recommend this if you are searching for answers to "what if" questions for scenarios that didn't go according to plan. This book is a bit "dreamy" in that sense - it doesn't seem geared toward readers who are already heading down a bumpy path with their children.
In summary, if you are looking for a how-to manual in preparation for your children reaching adolescence, this is a cute, easy read with some helpful tips. If, however, you are looking for answers to complex issues, put this back on the shelf and keep going... I'd suggest you grab a copy of Parenting from the Inside Out instead.
Posted June 11, 2011
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