The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

by Christine Carter


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Parents of teenagers need a new playbook—one that addresses the new challenges they face today.

Teens are growing up in an entirely new world, and this has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are baffled by problems that didn’t exist less than a decade ago, like social media and video game obsession, sexting, and vaping.

The New Adolescence is a realistic and reassuring handbook for parents. It offers road-tested, science-based solutions for raising happy, healthy, and successful teenagers.

Inside, you’ll find practical guidance for:

  • Providing the support and structure teens need (while still giving them the autonomy they seek)

  • Influencing and motivating teenagers

  • Helping kids overcome distractions that hinder their learning

  • Protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression

  • Fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need

  • Having effective conversations about tough subjects—including sex, drugs, and money

A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research—including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology—with her own (often hilarious) real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948836548
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 327,200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christine Carter, PhD, is the author of The Sweet Spot (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). A sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology and neuroscience—and uses her own real-world experiences—to give parenting, productivity and happiness advice. A sought-after keynote speaker and coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes that help people live their most fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog, Buster, in Marin County, California.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Foundation
Chapter One: This Is Going to Be Easier Than You Think
Chapter Two: Fortunately, Overparenting Doesn’t Work
Chapter Three: What to Do When They Are Struggling
Chapter Four: How to Influence Your Teen
Part Two: Three Core Skills for the Digital Age
Chapter Five: Connection
Chapter Six: Focus
Chapter Seven: Rest
Part Three: Talking Points for a New Era
Chapter Eight: The New Sex Talk
Chapter Nine: Drinking and Drugs
Chapter Ten: Money

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