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The Teen Whisperer: How to Break through the Silence and Secrecy of Teenage Life
Mike Linderman is a teen therapist unlike any other. A real-life cowboy, he wakes up at the crack of dawn, works the cattle on his ranch, and then counsels some of the country's most troubled teens, approaching them with a unique blend of down-home honesty, straight-talk discipline, and pure intention that is rarely found in a therapist's office. Most of the teens Mike tre ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published 2007)
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Linderman presents himself as a knowledgeable therapist cowboy, and the persona works most of the time. He likes Glasser's work--I do, too--but gets into it too superficially for my taste. A lot of the book feels like that: good ideas but not quite enough punch. Since Linderman works with severely troubled teens, I also felt like a lot of the advice and scenarios weren't that helpful and just seemed scary. Yes, a lot of teens get into drugs, sex, and crime. How does that help me convince my 7th ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It is very informative. I find myself quoting and referring to this book often whether I am doing so as a parent, as a mentor to middle school mentees, as a aunt to my teen neice and nephew or as a life coach to other parents. Excellent source of information in dealing with troubled teens.
This book takes one back to the basics of parenting teens in an easy to read style. Though there were some theories that didn't resonate for me, overall, Mike Linderman's thoughts were sound. A good read for parent's who need some tips outside of what they may already do.