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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out Paperback – May 7 2014
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Pub Date: 2014-05-01 Pages: 288 Language: English Publisher:! McGraw-Hill Turn back the clocks Your sweet child has morphed into a teen And its no longer just a messy bedroom or an attitude with a capital A causing concern. . Theres a whole new range of issues on the horizon. What if your daughter texts a naked picture to a boyfriend ... which he then forwards to the entire class What if your son becomes increasingly withdrawn ... Or your child is being bullied online Would you know what to do You could read a whole book on teen psychology -! but who has the time As a parent. what you need most is quick and candid advice for dealing with the issue at hand After all. if you say. the right thing you will open up the lines of communication. but say the wrong thing ... and watch out. A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens is the solution. Covering a broad range of issues from the t...
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Seriously - Facebook, smartphones, and even digital cameras didn't exist when I was a teen. Sheesh, I remember when CDs, caller ID, and giant cell phones first came out! I didn't even use the Internet until I was in college.
Back then it was harder to share the daily details of your life with anyone else but those closest to you. But so much is different now, though of course, many of the core issues remain (drugs, sex, money) but in new ways.
A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out is a valuable guidebook filled with humor and advice that all parents should read, regardless of how old their kids are. It's organized into 10 sections and covers 80 topics from smartphones to new social media sites to teens talking back to "the bad seed friend" and so much more.
This is an ideal guidebook for busy parents (who isn't?) as each chapter is cleverly titled by the issue, so it's not a book that needs to be read cover-to-cover...it can be easily opened up to whatever issue you're facing! And I love how simply she organizes each chapter: First she breaks down each issue by starting with "Here's the Problem," then "Why It's a Problem" (to help you understand what's going on), and ending with "Here's the Solution."
As a mom I have found this book amazingly eye-opening and helpful to prepare for that stage in our lives. Like chapter 63: "Icky New Social Networking Sites...Beware!" Did you know about websites like Omegle,com, Chatroulette,com, or Ask.fm? Imagine your teen talking (& possibly more) via their computer with complete strangers or anonymously criticizing or bullying someone. It's amazing what teen-targeting sites exist out there!
I recommend A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens as it's full of so much down-to-earth advice for all parents, and is so informative for parents with pre-teens to help them better prepare for and understand their child's development.
Each chapter is designed to clearly illustrate the problem, explain just why it is a problem (in case you had any doubt), and then goes on to detail a workable solution. You can read the book from start to finish or you can just flip to the relevant chapters and find out what you need to know quickly.
I definitely highly recommend this to any parent of a teen or preteen. It's a wealth of information you are sure to refer back to again and again.