1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

by Thomas Phelan

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Help your teens grow into the very best versions of themselves!

From rule-breaking and risk-taking to defensive communication and disrespect, parenting a teenager can feel like modern warfare--but it doesn't have to be that way. In 1-2-3 Magic Teen, internationally renowned parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan explains how to better understand your teenager, which problems are not worth fighting over, and why your child's behavior likely matches the definition of a normal adolescent! With helpful, straightforward advice backed up by research and parent-tested strategies, 1-2-3 Magic Teen will help you establish a calmer, more respectful home and family life and show you how to guide your teenager into healthy, functional young adulthood.

• Learn the Language: Communicate with open and engaging language, and listen to your teenager the right way.
• Establish Expectations: Learn how to set limits while still encouraging independent decision-making and helping your child develop their emotional intelligence.
• Stay in Touch: Allow your teen to open up to you in more meaningful and inclusive ways through four simple connection building strategies.'
• Take Care of Yourself: Take time to maintain your own emotional well-being to avoid allowing your own anxieties and stresses to influence your children

You'll also find tools and advice tailored for the challenges of a teen lifestyle, including:
• Forgetting to do chores
• Absence in family outings
• Drop in grades
• Missed curfews
• Parties and drinking
• Work responsibilities

The author of the million-copy parenting bestseller 1-2-3 Magic applies his time-tested, trusted advice in this straightforward, encouraging guide that walks parents through the ups and downs of teen life, allowing them to help their kids gain confidence and push toward independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492637899
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Edition description: 4th ed.
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 261,677
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Thomas W. Phelan is an internationally renowned expert, author, and lecturer on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. A registered Ph.D. clinical psychologist, he appears frequently on radio and TV. Dr. Phelan practices and works in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Meet the Snub xi

Part I Straight Thinking 1

Chapter 1 Appreciating Adolescence 3

Chapter 2 What's Normal? 9

Chapter 3 Risky Business 17

Chapter 4 Diagnosing Your Own Reactions 25

Chapter 5 Your New Job Description 31

Part II Don't Take It Personally 37

Chapter 6 Making Sense of the Snub 39

Chapter 7 "Don't Take It Personally" in Action 46

Part III Manage and Let Go 55

Chapter 8 Six Kids: Intervention Examples 57

Chapter 9 Establishing House Rules 61

Chapter 10 Managing the Big Four Risks 68

Chapter 11 Your Teens Have Their MBAs! 83

Chapter 12 Possible Intervention Roles 89

Part IV Stay m Touch 107

Chapter 13 What Not to Do: The Four Cardinal Sins 109

Chapter 14 What To Do 117

Part V Take Care of Yourself 129

Chapter 15 The Midlife Parent 131

Chapter 16 How to Take Care of Yourself 140

Part VI Relax and Enjoy the Movie 145

Chapter 17 Boomerang Kids 147

Chapter 18 The Future 151

Appendix: Managing Other Issues 155

Index 166

About the Author 175

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