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And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Preteens by [Yates, Susan Alexander]
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Yates, author of And Then I Had Kids, tackles the trials of parenting adolescents in this down-to-earth Christian manual. She encourages parents to not just endure, but to enjoy, their children's teen years. She identifies some common challenges teens who suddenly become uncommunicative, who reject the faith of their childhood or who are hypercritical of themselves and others. She also discusses "hot topics" such as dating, driving, grades, drugs, TV and movies. What places this parenting guide a cut above is its honesty; Yates is quite frank about the joys and sorrows of raising her own five kids (who were so closely spaced that there was one year when they were all teenagers! Yikes!). Christian parents will appreciate Yates's warm and wise counsel.

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"What if I've already messed up my kid?"
"What if she turns out like me?"
"What if he gets into drugs?"
"What if he rejects God?"

If you have questions like these, Susan Alexander Yates, bestselling author of And Then I Had Kids, has guidance and encouragement for you. Drawing from her experience raising five teenagers, Yates walks you through everything from preparing for the teen years to letting your teens go. Her insight will help you create open communication, set limits, understand what's normal (and what's not!), take advantage of peer pressure, build your teens' faith, and much more.

You can survive these crazy years and grow closer to your teens even as you prepare them for life after high school. Susan Alexander Yates shows you how!

"Every parent will benefit from this heartwarming, practical, and insightful book."--Dr. Les Parrott

"An authentic, practical book for parents of teens who want to raise them right."--Dennis Rainey


Susan Alexander Yates is the author of several books, including And Then I Had Kids, and is a regular guest on FamilyLife Today and other national radio programs. She and her husband, John, are popular speakers at marriage and parenting conferences and live in Virginia.

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  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (Aug. 1 2001)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C04P3W
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If you have preteens or teenagers, if you have a friend who has preteens or teenagers, RUN DON'T WALK and get this book! And Then I Had Teenagers is filled with extremely practical, honest, insightful, challenging, humorous, and thank goodness, empowering thoughts and ideas. Mrs. Yates writes from her personal experience of raising five teenagers and shares stories of several of her friends. Mrs. Yates is vulnerable enough to share her successes, her failures and her compromises which include every year having Easter dinner at the dining room table complete with china IN THE FRONT YARD!
Written from a Biblical perspective, Mrs. Yates tells us, even though parenting teenagers is challenging, it is also a wonderful time of life for us and our kids. Throughout the book she reminds us to be the parent and that our job is to teach our teenagers life skills, not be their best friend. She shows us that as parents, we are investing in our child for long term gains not short term results. Mrs. Yates encourages us to distinguish between crucial issues (sorry, every issue cannot be a crucial one!) and swing issues. She bolsters our confidence so that we can gradually let go of our teenager without letting go of our mind! Mrs. Yates addresses tough and contemporary issues like the Internet, co-ed slumber parties, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, movies, your teenager's faith and attending church. She gives us her opinion and tells us what did and didn't work in her family. Also, she shares what she has seen work in other families. Then she encourages us to pray and make a decision that is best for our family and individual teenager. I appreciate that Mrs. Yates continuously reminds us that every teenager is different and what worked for one teenager may not work for your other teenager.
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Written out of experience, this book speaks to parents of pre-teens and teens. In Chapter 1 the author looks at ten common challenges which parents of teens face. The remaining chapters deal with these problems one at a time. It is an encouraging book because parents see that other caring, Christian parents have problems with their children as they move into the adolescent years. Some of the emotions parents feel are fear, frustration, guilt, loneliness, confusion and the tormenting question of "What if?"
As the reader goes from chapter to chapter there is a comforting support - the example of others who have shared the impossible injury and found it possible to work through the experience. The presence and comfort of a close relationship with God gives the assurance each of us needs. Read And Then I Had Teenagers, share it with friends, and enjoy your teenagers.
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Written from experience, this book speaks to parents of pre-teen and teens. In Chapter 1 the author looks at ten common challenges which parents of teens face. The remaining chapters deal with these problems one at a time. It is an encouraging book because parents see that other caring, Christian parents have problems with their children as they move into the adolescent years. Some of the emotions parents feel are fear, frustration, guilt, loneliness, confusion and the tormenting question of "What If."
As the reader goes from chapter to chapter there is a comforting support - the example of others who have shared the impossible injury and found it possible to work through the experience. The presence and comfort of a close relationship with God gives the assurance each of us needs. Read and share it with friends, and enjoy your teenagers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1047588) out of 5 stars RUN, DON'T WALK AND GET THIS BOOK!!! Aug. 20 2001
By Dean R Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have preteens or teenagers, if you have a friend who has preteens or teenagers, RUN DON'T WALK and get this book! And Then I Had Teenagers is filled with extremely practical, honest, insightful, challenging, humorous, and thank goodness, empowering thoughts and ideas. Mrs. Yates writes from her personal experience of raising five teenagers and shares stories of several of her friends. Mrs. Yates is vulnerable enough to share her successes, her failures and her compromises which include every year having Easter dinner at the dining room table complete with china IN THE FRONT YARD!
Written from a Biblical perspective, Mrs. Yates tells us, even though parenting teenagers is challenging, it is also a wonderful time of life for us and our kids. Throughout the book she reminds us to be the parent and that our job is to teach our teenagers life skills, not be their best friend. She shows us that as parents, we are investing in our child for long term gains not short term results. Mrs. Yates encourages us to distinguish between crucial issues (sorry, every issue cannot be a crucial one!) and swing issues. She bolsters our confidence so that we can gradually let go of our teenager without letting go of our mind! Mrs. Yates addresses tough and contemporary issues like the Internet, co-ed slumber parties, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, movies, your teenager's faith and attending church. She gives us her opinion and tells us what did and didn't work in her family. Also, she shares what she has seen work in other families. Then she encourages us to pray and make a decision that is best for our family and individual teenager. I appreciate that Mrs. Yates continuously reminds us that every teenager is different and what worked for one teenager may not work for your other teenager. We need to make decisions based on the individual teenager.
I have already put some of the book's practical suggestions into action. When my ninth-grade son comes home from football practice, he starts the washing machine. Every night he washes, dries and puts his practice uniform back in his gym bag. I told him that his future wife would thank me for teaching him to do laundry. His response? He rolled his eyes but started the washer! THANK YOU, MRS. YATES!
As a speaker to women and couples, I want this book on my book table. I will tell my friends and my audiences, if you can only have one book about raising teenagers, pick this book. But be forewarned, after reading Mrs. Yates' book, you never know where your dining room table will end up!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10475dc) out of 5 stars Very encouraging Nov. 19 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is surprising. I thought I'd just flip through it in a day or so but it is so full of encouragement and practical advice that I am slowly working my way through it. We've had some rough patches lately that have been pretty serious in nature -- this book has helped me remember to keep my eyes on the big picture. I would definitely recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1047a14) out of 5 stars You don't realize how useful until you put this book into practice Sept. 1 2012
By MamysMark - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded this book thinking, why not, I have teenagers and it's free. After reading it, I would have paid for it.

I went into the reading of this book skeptical. After all, how could someone else possibly know what MY teenager is like? The book started off seemingly slow: I wanted to author to give me a how-to manual, complete with a 'when this happens, do this'. At the beginning, the focus is more on practical advice for laying the foundation. It was only after I started getting into the how-to's that I understood why the beginning of the book was necessary.

But I got one side effect from this book that I didn't expect: it made me feel not quite so alone. I'm NOT the only parent of a teenager, walking through the dark and questioning every decision. I'm not the only one who's child changed overnight. And just knowing others are going through it (and have survived!) was comforting. Trying to parent a child in a Christian household when the world pulls (extremely hard) in the other direction is daunting, and it's nice to know I am not alone. It's not a popularity contest, which I have always known, but got comfort in having it reinforced.

I'm also glad that I waited a few days after reading this book before I wrote a review. In the days following, I found myself often going back to some of the advice and principles in the book, which surprised me. I didn't think it had that much of an effect. Because of this, I rate this book 4 stars. The writing was repetitive at a few points, and it wasn't a quick page turner, but this time my rating is based off of sheer usefulness.

Side note: this is a guide for Christian parenting. If you are not a believer, you would still benefit from this book, but it applies the principles set forth by God.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10479fc) out of 5 stars Real Life and Practical Jan. 17 2011
By S. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Real life issues with a biblical and Godly perspective. Encouraging to parents or grandparents. Our church is considering using it for a 12 week bible study for parents of rising tweens, tweens and teenagers!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1047eb8) out of 5 stars Great Parenting Study Feb. 24 2011
By Suz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Our church is using this as a parenting study. Great discussions, encouragement and prayer for both parents and children to support each other going through this season. Very pracitical suggestions and thought-provoking topics. Would highly recommend to anyone with a tween or teen. Our youth pastor has been participating so he can be a part of the discussions to gain insight from a parents perspective.