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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062654069
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 424,653
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens and teens understand themselves. He is a global youth empowerment expert and an acclaimed speaker. He has appeared on MTV, Lifetime, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, 20/20, Good Morning America, and in the New York Times and other media. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His organization, One Caring Adult, produces resources and training events for parents, educators, and caring adults. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Introduction: Every Kid Needs a "Rodney" xvii

Part 1 The Three Key Mindsets

Mindset #1 Teens Need You More Than It Seems 3

Mindset #2 The Game Has Changed and So Must You 17

Mindset #3 You'll Want and Need Help 39

Part 2 The Phases of a Teenage Human

Ages 11-12 The "Who Likes Me?" Phase 69

Ages 12-14 The "Who Am I?" Phase 73

Ages 14-15 The "Where Do I Belong?" Phase 77

Ages 15-16 The "Why Can't I?" Phase 81

Ages 16-17 The "How Can I Matter?" Phase 85

Ages 17-18 The "What Will I Do?" Phase 89

Part 3 Troubleshooting Common Teenage Challenges

Relationship and Communication Challenges 95

Getting Them to Take Ownership and Apologize 99

What to Do When They Blow Your Trust 109

Setting Up Clearly Written House Rules 115

How to Improve Communication with Your Teen 125

Difficult and Awkward Conversations 131

How to Talk to Your Teen About Sex 135

How to Talk to Your Teen About Death 143

How to Convince Your Teen to Get Help 147

Dangerous or Concerning Behavior 155

Seven Warning Signs Every Parent Must Know 159

I'm Worried My Teen Has an Eating Disorder 161

I'm Worried My Teen is Acting Out in Anger 167

I'm Worried My Teen is Using Drugs 177

I'm Worried My Teen Is Sexting 187

I'm Worried My Teen Is Cutting 193

I'm Worried My Teen Is Stressed Out 197

Teens and Tech Headaches 203

Healthy Boundaries Around Screen Time 207

Helping Them Think About What They Post Online 213

Helping Them Understand the Harmful Effects of Pornography 219

Helping Them Deal with Cyberbullies 227

School and Education Challenges 235

How to Think About School and Education 241

How to Help Your Teen Succeed in the New Economy 251

How to Respond to a Bad or an Unfair Teacher 257

Helping Them Deal with Bullies 267

In Closing: Your Voice Mattes More Than You Know 275

Resources from Josh

The Seven Things Every Teen Needs to Hear 279

Twenty-One Ways to Ask Your Teen "How Was School Today?" Without Asking Them "How Was School Today?" 281

Forty-Two Ways to Connect with Your Teen 283

The Letter Your Teenager Can't Write You (Yet) 287

Teen Cell Phone Contract 289

Work With Josh 293

Acknowledgments 295

Notes 297

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