Your Baby's First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents

Your Baby's First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents

by Jeanne Warren Lindsay
     
 

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Written for teens who straddle the world of adolescence and parenthood, this parenting guide is geared to the special needs of very young parents. Interviews with teen mothers and fathers reinforce discussions of the stages of development during the first year-breast- and bottle-feeding, moving to solid food, teaching and playing with babies, providing appropriate… See more details below

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Written for teens who straddle the world of adolescence and parenthood, this parenting guide is geared to the special needs of very young parents. Interviews with teen mothers and fathers reinforce discussions of the stages of development during the first year-breast- and bottle-feeding, moving to solid food, teaching and playing with babies, providing appropriate health care, and ensuring their safety. The needs of the young parents are stressed along with the developmental needs of the child. Presented in an accesible, teen-friendly format, this book is appropriate for all parents, whether they are married, single but living together, together but living separately, or a single parent alone.

Author Biography: Jeanne Warren Lindsay is the author of 17 books dealing with adolescent pregnancy and parenting, including Do I Have a Daddy? and Teen Dads. She has worked with hundreds of pregnant and parenting teens as a coordinator, teacher, and founder of a program for teen parents. She lives in Buena Park, California.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rosemary Moran
Although many adults prefer not to acknowledge the fact that teenagers do get pregnant and raise children, these revised editions of 1991 titles recognize that pregnant teens and teenage parents need books written in terms they can understand and that address the numerous problems specific to their own situations. Featuring abundant comments from teens coping with similar situations and full of common-sense advice and practical information, this series should be very helpful, both in appeal and usage. The importance of staying in school and accepting responsibility is emphasized throughout. Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey, co-authored by a nurse and a social worker, encourages pregnant teenagers to face the fact of their pregnancy and seek health care early. Other chapters deal with the discomforts of pregnancy, the development of the fetus, good nutrition for the mother and the fetus, labor and delivery, the possibility of adoption, special needs babies, feeding the newborn, baby's first few weeks of life, roles of teenage fathers in raising their children, and birth control information. The authors maintain a non-judgmental, matter-of-fact tone throughout, encouraging girls to face reality and plan for the future. Quotes from teenage parents call attention to both the problems and the joys of this experience. Your Baby's First Year covers practical matters such as feeding the baby and the baby's development over the first few months, as well as information for teenage fathers, and the role of grandparents. The advice is practical and covers expected topics such as the importance of immunizations, ear infections, and feeding solid foods. It also includes advice on choosing diapers, child-proofing the home, toys for the baby, and the importance of reading to very young children as well as the parents' emotional response to the tremendous responsibility of rearing a child. Other books in the Teens Parenting series are Discipline from Birth to Three and The Challenge of Toddlers. All of these books should be available to pregnant teens and teen parents. Written in an easily understandable prose, they should be included in public and school libraries, doctors' offices and clinics, and counselors' offices. They would also make excellent giveaways to pregnant teens and teen parents. Index. Photos. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12).
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Adjusting to the demands of parenting is a daunting experience for teen couples. Those first months, the blur of tiredness, diapers, goods, bathing and all of the issues which evolve begin with the first day home alone with the new baby. Steps that teen dad's can take to share in the care of their new born are covered as well as guidance for teen moms who are alone. This is a well thought out book based on the actual experiences that teen parents share on coping with parenthood. A must for all teen age parents.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up--A sensitive combination of child-development information, child-rearing theory, and practical advice for young mothers, this book serves as a guide to the physical and emotional realities of parenting during a baby's first year of life. Topics covered include recovering after birth, feeding, medical visits, home safety, playing, child care, and discipline. A section on three-generation living discusses the sometimes complicated situation of grandparents, teen parents, and children living under one roof. A chapter for teen fathers outlines their financial, emotional, and physical responsibilities to the mother and their child. Peppered throughout are frank quotes from teen parents as they share their recent experiences. The positive, instructional narrative voice will appeal to readers who are looking for nonjudgmental information. Average-quality photos showing teen families of various cultures and economic situations appear throughout, and an extensive bibliography is included. A useful tool.--Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885356338
Publisher:
Morning Glory Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/15/1998
Series:
Teens Parenting Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.48(d)

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