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Your Ten-to-Fourteen-Year-Old

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  117 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The years from Ten to Fourteen are undeniably trying and turbulent years for parents and children alike. Adolescents develop by leaps and bounds during these years, and often find themselves uncomfortable with who they are and what they’re feeling. Parents, too, don’t know what to expect from the adolescent child who is at one moment hostile and glum, at the next carefree ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Delta (first published 1988)
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Jun 11, 2010 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is indispensable in child raising. They shoot at letting you know what typical children are doing at each age and stage, rather than promoting a philosophy so much. It really helped us know what was normal and what was not. And mainly, it was normal. Who knew? Ms. Ames did.
Apr 08, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this series of developmental books seem perfect for my daughter. I have read many of the ages ( mostly when I am stressed about parenting) and find them to be helpful in realizing what is normal behavior in my girl. My aunt recommended them to me after reading them when my cousin was young. Ageless information.
Diane Zwang
Dec 30, 2015 Diane Zwang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I only read the chapters on 11 year-old and 12 year-old because that is the age and stage I am dealing with. I have read several books by Louise Bates Ames over the years. I seem to check them out when my relationship with my kid hits a snag. Originally published in the 1950s some of the information is dated. This is not a parenting book but information about the age and development of the child and that information has stayed the same over the years. I always find her descriptions of behavior u ...more
Jun 27, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Very helpful for a mom of kids who will be 10, 12, and 14 when the birthdays come up in a couple of months.
Feb 17, 2013 Dolly is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of children ages 10-14
I have read many of the age-specific books about children by Louise Bates Ames et al and I have appreciated their timely reminders of what is considered normal for a child that age. It has helped me realize just how age-appropriate our girls' behaviors are.

I borrowed this last book in the series from our local library as our oldest approached the 'double digits.' I have to admit, though, that I procrastinated too long and had to return the book before I was finished. All of the other books are
Naomi Kenorak
Apr 20, 2013 Naomi Kenorak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
It always amazes me how on-target these books are given their age. It goes to show that while our cultural norms (such as how often we wash our hair) may have changed considerably in the last 30-50 years, the stages of human development haven't. When you're parenting an adolescent, it's easy to feel uncertain about whether certain kid behavior is temporary insanity or regular teenage acting-out. This book helps to answer that question by describing the general trends and changes in thoughts, beh ...more
May 23, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may, 2015, hillsbororeads
While some of the detail about our contemporary society will feel out of date, these books remain as invaluable as ever in thinking about the changes children are going through and what is developmentally appropriate.
It's important to note that the research for the Ames series ("Your __ -year old) was conducted decades ago, and even the updated edition is pretty old. Some of the societal assumptions are fairly dated, and the families studied are overwhelmingly, if not entirely, white and middle class. Nevertheless, Ames and her colleagues were among the first to study childhood and adolescence as distinct stages, and some of the observations are timeless. I picked this up last summer when my darling girl sud ...more
Nina R.
Feb 23, 2010 Nina R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, browsed
I'm reading different sections of this book! I hope it is promising - kids are tough!!

It did not include specific guidance on academic discipline, as I was hoping for, but I am sure this book will provide useful knowledge for others.
These can be helpful reads, even though they are dated. I think the younger ages are a little bit better but maybe I am just shell shocked about the upcoming years.
Some of the statistics are outdated in terms of generational trends, and when this book was first written. But the overall message is still relevant, and very insightful.
Will Mitchell
Since this book covers the wide range of 10-14 year olds, and I only have the pleasure of teaching 10 year olds on a daily basis, I stuck with the sections about Tens.
Jan 22, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, parenting
These books are always helpful. Although, I did only read the sections on ten and eleven year olds. I'll have to re-read this as the children age!
Jan 29, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
old but great information. It's hard for parents to know what the 'norm' is and although all kids are unique it is a great springboard.
Jan 16, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Louise Bates Ames books are wonderful parenting tools. This one is especially helpful tiptoeing into the teenage years.
Oct 24, 2013 Malina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I love the gesell institute books on child development. Picked this one up this week for reassurance about my oldest as he grows.
Aug 29, 2012 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should re'read this one and skip to the 13/14 yr old part for a refresher.
Feb 19, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
haven't liked it as much as others in this series. seems 'dated'.
Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl
Dated in some ways but helpful nonetheless.
Aug 10, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always insightful.
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