Being a teenage girl is more frightening than ever, says Hersh, a professional counselor and frequent speaker on adolescence. However, mothers can be their daughters' allies through this perilous time, helping girls navigate their confusion about body image, sexual awakening and emotional upheaval. Peppered with examples from her counseling practice and her own experiences as a mother to a teenage girl, Hersh's book urges sensible compassion as mothers and daughters become companions on a mutual journey.
"I don't know why my daughter is so angry. She yells at me all the time!"
Navigating an adolescent daughter's emotional life is one of a mom's toughest challenges.
What can you do to protect your relationship with your daughter, guide her through this chaotic time, and assure her you are truly on her side?"
But Mom, it's not the same as when you were a teenager! say your daughter, and she's right. Never before have teenage girls been so inundated with the idea that sex is a natural part of teenage relationships. The media, the Internet, and your daughter's peers reinforce this myth daily. In fact, the majority of teenage girls will experiment with sex. And never before has the price tag of teen sexual behavior been so high-disease, depression, and a distorted view of self.
Responding to Peer Pressure to Drink, Smoke, and Use Drugs, Sharon Hersh, a trusted counselor, author, and mother, offers a wise, courageous, and practical guide for connecting and shaping the hearts of mothers and their daughters.