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The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult

The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult

by Josh Shipp

Narrated by Roger Wayne

Unabridged — 7 hours, 40 minutes

Josh Shipp
The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult

The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult

by Josh Shipp

Narrated by Roger Wayne

Unabridged — 7 hours, 40 minutes

Josh Shipp

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Overview

A practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp.

In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn't need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.

Now, in The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager's life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage.

Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:

  • FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and it's not their fault?
  • COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.
  • TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?
  • BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.
  • DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS: Drugs. Death. Sex. Oh my.

Written in Shipp's playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it's not about shortcuts or magic words—as Shipp reminds us, it's about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive.

And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.



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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Judith Newman

[Shipp's] acquired street wisdom commands our attention as he gives us advice about dealing with our teenagers…his most important premise, supported by research, is a little counterintuitive: No matter how your child behaves, his or her biggest concern is not being able to spend time with you…Shipp talks about how the job of a parent shifts as a child ages from being an "air traffic controller," essentially having control of every aspect of that kid's life, to being a coach. How to create trust and mutual respect is the meat of this book. Mostly it involves doing stuff together, never bailing on a promise (outside of a dire emergency) and teaching self-governance…Shipp is an adult now, but he speaks from the point of view of a teenager, and his book resonates deeply.

Publishers Weekly

08/21/2017
Youth advocate Shipp (Jump Ship) provides an accessible but superficial primer for helping parents understand and guide their kids through the often confounding adolescent years. With a colloquial and straightforward style, Shipp discusses major developmental phases and challenges common to young adults ages 12–18. He says this account is backed up by the work of “an incredible team of researchers, psychologists, and scientists,” few of whom are actually mentioned in the text. Shipp addresses an array of typical problems faced by adolescents, including issues with communication, drugs, trust, dangerous behavior, screen time, school, and sex, each one accompanied by simple and logical action steps. A former at-risk foster child himself, Shipp seems to orient this book to parents of “problem” kids, declaring that no matter how troubled, “every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” Full of sound bites (“What you don’t talk out, you act out”), lists (“The Seven Things Every Teen Needs to Hear”), and other refrigerator-magnet-like reminders, this book reads like a transcript from one of Shipp’s public-speaking gigs. Parents will find more substantive info in Frances Jensen’s The Teenage Brain on why teens act the way they do, as well as better advice and less hype. Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary. (Sept.)

From the Publisher

This book is the training manual you never got. A must-have resource for parents, teachers, or anyone else who has to deal with teens.” — Ellen Rakieten, Executive Producer of OPRAH

“Teenagers pose unique challenges for parents, teachers and caregivers. This book is an essential read, providing a unique pathway to best understand, connect with and guide us in nurturing healthy, resilient teens.” — Gene Beresin MD, MA, Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School​

“This is an invaluable guide to understanding, influencing, and genuinely helping the teenager in your life. Josh offers uncompromisingly practical tips to restore trust, build mutual respect, and expertly help them navigate adolescence successfully.” — Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and founder of Cultures of Dignity

“This book provides a deep understanding of a teenager’s needs and a practical guide for nurturing optimal development. The advice Josh shares is evidence-based, no nonsense, and uncompromising in it’s practicality. These insights will teach us how we can be that one caring adult every teen needs.” — Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult

“An accessible primer for helping parents understand and guide their kids through the often confounding adolescent years. Shipp addresses an array of typical problems faced by adolescents, each one accompanied by simple and logical action steps.” — Publishers Weekly

“The success and impact of my work originates with teachers and other caring adults who invested in me during my formative teenage years. Josh Shipp’s book arms caring adults with the principles, insights, and inspiration they need to help teens they care about succeed.” — Jack Canfield, co-creator of The Chicken Soup for the Soul® Series and author of The Success Principles

“Raising an accountable adult is challenging but possible. Josh Shipp presents practical solutions to help parents and other caring adults be as effective as possible, even in the most difficult situations. You will acquire new strategies to provide teens with the skills and confidence they need to be successful!” — John G. Miller, author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and Raising Accountable Kids

“As both a Mom and professor, I found this parenting book to be a breath of fresh air. Josh skillfully combines heart, humor, and research-backed strategies to reclaim harmony with the teenage human in your life.” — Kimberly Allen, PhD, Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University

“An essential guide to understanding and positively influencing adolescents. This book is equal parts inspiring and genuinely helpful for every parent, youth worker, educator, or anyone involved with teens in any capacity.” — Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning principal and author of The Immortality of Influence

“As a Dad I appreciate how practical Josh’s insights are. This book provides effective and practical ways to handle even the most squirm-worthy moments of the teenage years.” — Doyin Richards, fatherhood advocate and contributor to UPWORTHY and Parents Magazine

“Research keeps telling us that committed adults make a difference in the lives of teenagers. Now, Josh Shipp tells you how to be that adult. The Grown-up’s Guide to Teenage Humans is a must-have resource for anyone who has a heart for the next generation.” — Dave Ramsey, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“Shipp commands our attention as he gives us advice about dealing with our teenagers…How to create trust and mutual respect is the meat of this book…The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans resonates deeply and contains some amazing stories…Sometimes it’s a simple idea that leaves you with goose bumps: A kid’s life can be transformed by a caring adult who’s just a little bit more bullheaded than the kid.” — New York Times Book Review

John G. Miller

Raising an accountable adult is challenging but possible. Josh Shipp presents practical solutions to help parents and other caring adults be as effective as possible, even in the most difficult situations. You will acquire new strategies to provide teens with the skills and confidence they need to be successful!

Gene Beresin MD

Teenagers pose unique challenges for parents, teachers and caregivers. This book is an essential read, providing a unique pathway to best understand, connect with and guide us in nurturing healthy, resilient teens.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

This book provides a deep understanding of a teenager’s needs and a practical guide for nurturing optimal development. The advice Josh shares is evidence-based, no nonsense, and uncompromising in it’s practicality. These insights will teach us how we can be that one caring adult every teen needs.

Rosalind Wiseman

This is an invaluable guide to understanding, influencing, and genuinely helping the teenager in your life. Josh offers uncompromisingly practical tips to restore trust, build mutual respect, and expertly help them navigate adolescence successfully.

Salome Thomas-EL

An essential guide to understanding and positively influencing adolescents. This book is equal parts inspiring and genuinely helpful for every parent, youth worker, educator, or anyone involved with teens in any capacity.

Kimberly Allen

As both a Mom and professor, I found this parenting book to be a breath of fresh air. Josh skillfully combines heart, humor, and research-backed strategies to reclaim harmony with the teenage human in your life.

Ellen Rakieten

This book is the training manual you never got. A must-have resource for parents, teachers, or anyone else who has to deal with teens.

Doyin Richards

As a Dad I appreciate how practical Josh’s insights are. This book provides effective and practical ways to handle even the most squirm-worthy moments of the teenage years.

Jack Canfield

The success and impact of my work originates with teachers and other caring adults who invested in me during my formative teenage years. Josh Shipp’s book arms caring adults with the principles, insights, and inspiration they need to help teens they care about succeed.

Dave Ramsey

Research keeps telling us that committed adults make a difference in the lives of teenagers. Now, Josh Shipp tells you how to be that adult. The Grown-up’s Guide to Teenage Humans is a must-have resource for anyone who has a heart for the next generation.

New York Times Book Review

Shipp commands our attention as he gives us advice about dealing with our teenagers…How to create trust and mutual respect is the meat of this book…The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans resonates deeply and contains some amazing stories…Sometimes it’s a simple idea that leaves you with goose bumps: A kid’s life can be transformed by a caring adult who’s just a little bit more bullheaded than the kid.

Brad Montague

The world needs this book. Few have the insight or ability to share life changing words like Josh does. Here he provides a look at how we can all help shape the lives of the people most important to us. He does so in typical Josh Shipp fashion: with equal parts humor and heart.

Joseph Grenny

I’ve devoted my career to helping business leaders skillfully navigate situations where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Never is that more true than when you’re a parent. Josh’s data-backed insights give parents the words to say and the mindset to embody for this crucial window of influence with our own kids.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940170211845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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