Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens

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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You OutA Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out by Joani Geltman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems to be universally agreed that teenagers are not fun to parent. Joani Geltman doesn't exactly make it fun, but the way she has organized it should make parenting less stressful. She introduces each challenge in easy to recognize terms. She identifies the basic problem and she tells you how to solve it. How awesome is that? Before parents go out and start having parties in the streets, I have to warn you, that a lot of the advice contained in Geltman's book encourages you to step out of your level of awareness and consider the wild and crazy jungle of the teenage brain.

I commend Geltman for supporting parents in setting boundaries with teens when it comes to patience (or lack there of), entitlement, and consideration for others in general. For most people, these can be taught and when parents drop the ball, they leave the next generation of women with a bunch of failure to launch types. Everyone who has a teen needs one of these books for every room.

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