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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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (May 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814433669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814433669
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
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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 which he then forwards to the entire class What if your son becomes increasingly withdrawn ...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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d84045c) out of 5 stars 56 reviews
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HASH(0x9d605f0c) out of 5 stars Gives Parents a Guide to Help their Teens with today's High Tech Crisis April 24 2014
By Rahn Basche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Some books speak to you as if the author is right next to you, telling you the story. Joani Geltman’s A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens, provides the reader with genuine, intelligent, useful information presented in such an accessible format it’s like having Joani with you, coaching you along. And while the author’s style is warm, smart and humorous, she also understands the critical nature of todays’ issues facing both parents and teens, and she takes it all seriously while explaining what kids are actually experiencing that may drive them to make dangerous choices, and what you as a parent can actually do to protect your teen. She offers parents the actual words yto use with kids,, a “script” of sorts, from the heart. This book is a gem, a must read for today’s parents who are faced with critical issues no one could have predicted for this century..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d608174) out of 5 stars Straight, common-sense talk about discipline June 5 2014
By BostonWriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've never been one to read parenting how-to books (mothering a large family has been more about on-the-job training). But when I heard Joani Geltman speak at my local bookstore, I knew this would be the exception. Practical, no-nonsense, funny and wise, she's like the friend you wish you could meet for coffee every week. Her short entries about 70+ hot button areas of parenting teens (especially including smartphones) are easily digestible, and felt to me like a comforting second opinion on my gut feeling. I keep it on the nightstand. And I don't mind if the kids see it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6083b4) out of 5 stars Such a valuable book even though my kids are still in elementary school Sept. 16 2014
By Lisa Mom of 2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While my kids are a few years away from the teen years, I want to know about what issues parents are facing with their teenagers now, considering how much things have changed since I was a teen in the 90's.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d608630) out of 5 stars Finally, a user's manual for teenagers! Aug. 7 2014
By Laurie Eustis - Published on Amazon.com
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To the multitude of parents who have noted that their car comes with a manual so why not their children, comes Joani Geltman's brilliant user's guide to raising teenagers. With straightforward and perfectly indexed topics, Ms. Geltman addresses nearly every issue that arises in raising children in a rapidly transforming culture. With deep compassion, lively humor and sensible wisdom, Ms. Geltman lays out simple strategies for turning around entrenched parent/child dynamics, for diffusing potentially dangerous situations or for helping parents help their child navigate the landmines of high school responsibilities, freedoms, triumphs and disappointments. I have learned from Ms. Geltman that when faced with the majority of parenting challenges, an authentic and empathetic "I Get It" will usually make all the difference in the world. I am extremely grateful for this book.
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HASH(0x9d6084c8) out of 5 stars Sure to Be Referred Back to Again and Again! Sept. 10 2014
By Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely brilliant book which comprehensively covers every conceivable uncomfortable subject you may need to address with your teen son or daughter from sexting to dressing appropriately to handling homework and other responsibilities. It truly covers everything.

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.