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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (February 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106628X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801066283
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #746,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an obvious fact that parents and children see life differently. Parents and children often assume that the way they view and experience the world is the only way to see and experience the world. This presents a series of relational challenges on its own, but even more important for the parent to consider is that, irregardless of how they see the life and world of their kid, the way the child sees their life and world, in all aspects--relational, social, ethical--is what matters most as they grow up. It is your child's perspective of their own world that ultimately has the greatest influence over them as they grow up. Even in homes where parents work hard to try and understand their children, today's teenagers believe that life is hard, antagonistic, and dismissively impersonal. According to our research, by the time they reach high school, kids feel an almost overwhelming sense of isolation and loneliness. Even the brightest and best kids revealed to our team how damaged they feel under the pressure of what they see as constant evaluation and critique. This feeling fosters a profound insecurity in nearly every adolescent, an inner disquiet that few can verbally pin down but all seem to experience. In order to parent well in today's image- and performance-driven society, where everything from body contour to SAT scores is scrutinized and put down, it is vitally important to recognize that the inside of your adolescent child is a stew of conflicting thoughts and emotions.

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Your teens live in another world. They encounter different sorts of challenges than you did. But you can learn how to help them navigate our increasingly superficial, politicized, and performance-driven world.

Authors Chap and Dee Clark are not only youth and family experts, they're also parents. In Disconnected, they put their years of research and experience to work to help you understand your teen. This up-to-date, realistic book doesn't ignore the harsh realities of adolescent life. It describes how things have changed since you were a teen and gives you ways to build your relationship with your teens while instilling in them the values they need to thrive in a MySpace world.

"Chap and Dee Clark are two of the world's experts on parenting teens. This will be the book I will pass out to parents of teens this year to give them insight and hope."--Jim Burns, president, HomeWord; author, Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

"The Clarks have written a compassionate and very practical resource that twenty-first-century parents will find both enlightening and encouraging."--Wayne Rice, cofounder, Youth Specialties; founder, Understanding Your Teenager Seminars

"As a youth worker, I'm thrilled to have this for my parents, but as a father of three teenagers, I'm more excited to have it for myself."--Doug Fields, pastor to students, Saddleback Church; author, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

"This book not only answers [life] questions but does so in practical, challenging, readable terms for parents--the most important 'youth workers' in the world."--Marv Penner, professor of youth and family studies, Briercrest College and Seminary

Chap Clark is professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the president of ParenTeen™ Seminars, senior editor of Youthworker Journal, and the author of over fifteen books, including Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers. Dee Clark is a family therapist and the coauthor of Let Me Ask You This and Daughters and Dads.

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One of the BEST, most practical books on parenting teens! July 18 2009
By R. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish I had been given this book 4 years ago, when my oldest daughter was entering the teenage years! Chap Clark knows teens & their parents. All of his books are excellent, yet I would most highly recommend this one for parents of teens who want to know how to connect with their son or daughter in this most challenging period of growing up. Much more than just tips and techniques, this book has helped me and many of my friends understand more about where my teenage daughter (I have 3!) is coming from, & how to enter her world and love her well exactly where she is.
Thank you, Chap Clark!!
insightful view on modern parenting May 28 2014
By Sharon, School Administrator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In the years since this book was written, the tech world has continued to develop and grow. The fact that "My Space" is not the rave anymore Nd has been replaced by things like "Twitter" and "Snapchat" only magnify the need to read this book. It offers an insightful look into the modern view of kids and growing up. It offers encouragement to keep parents engaged in their kids lives and practical advice on doing so.
Parenting in a Facebook world Feb. 8 2013
By Garibay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ok MySpace is no longer what used to be and you may think this book is outdated... please pick it up and read it. Just substitute MySpace for Facebook. It is REAL it is not a seven-steps-fix-it-all kind of book it is an inspirational book that motivates you to be part of the life of your teen.
I also recommend it to Junior-High leaders. This book is going to help you partner with parents to find the best potential for the youth you mentor.
I am sure it is good for parents with teens Sept. 11 2014
By Faye Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I ordered this in error. I did not read, I am sure it is good for parents with teens, I am not.

Faye Stephens
Great read for any parent Oct. 18 2010
By jamieanelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Chap and Dee Clark give a great picture of the state of kids while also providing some helpful strategies.