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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

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Turn back the clocks! Your sweet child has morphed into a teen. And it's no longer just a messy bedroom or an attitude with a capital "A" causing concern. There's 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 What if your son becomes increasingly withdrawn...Or your chi
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2014 by AMACOM (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. I thought it would be wonderful if parents could find some real help parenting their teens in an easy to read book. But I didn’t like the book. In fact, I simply can’t finish reading it.

Perhaps I am too old for this type of parenting. What I get from the book is that whatever the teen does is a result of some issue they have, or think they have, but are unwilling to discuss. It is the parents’ job to figure out what the real problem is and help them solve it.

Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Good advice for the most part, though I think there are likely better parenting books for teens (this is my first foray into teen parenting books). This book focused so much on the worst-case scenarios, that it felt a bit like fear mongering, though I do think her information was helpful. At the very end of the book Geltman tries to end on a positive note, but it was a bit too late for me. I would have liked a little thriving along with the surviving. Also the reference guide format made it a bi ...more
Cindy Hudson
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are like most parents, talking to your teens about touchy subjects liked sexting, drinking, drugs and other risky behaviors ranks even lower on your list of things to do than getting a root canal. You know it’s going to be awkward, you’re not sure what to say, and you know your child wants to have the conversation even less than you do.

Joani Geltman, MSW, knows what you’re going through. A parent, Geltman also has four decades of experience working with young people, including as a psycho
Amy Armstrong
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 y ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joani Geltman’s easy-to-navigate book simplifies teenage topics in very short, understandable chapters. Broken into ten sections such as school, sex, drugs, college, etc., "A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens" allows you to easily skip around to find the topic that most interests you. Within each section, there are detailed chapters devoted to specific issues within the genre. (For example, the school section includes chapters on assessing achievement, time management and exam strategies.) Each ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I grabbed this book hoping it might give me a quick crash course on more recent concerns about teens so I can be helpful to parents in my practice. I really like the layout of this book and how it covers quick, important scenarios parents might face (like Love and Logic, which is generally my go to) however, I did not like about 40% of her advice. One example, if you can't get your teen to Clean their room, and they are so busy with activities, just do it yourself! I am paraphrasing... However, ...more
Carol Stewart
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. Easy to pick up and look for an issue I'm facing and boom, there it is. Joanie lays out a situation, why its a problem and bam, tells you what to do and say. It works. I've followed her blog for several years and have shared it with friends, cause we're all in this together and Joanie knows what to do! Her style is funny, pointed and she always lays out the teenagers perspective compassionately. If recommend this book before your kids are by 4th or 5th grade.
Tenley Erickson
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful! This book really helps you relate to the younger ones. Easy to understand and implement. Teens today face so many tough choices! This has some great information on how to communicate with them about all of the worries they face.

This was a good read and I highly recommend it to anyone in a mentor role.
Chevonne Tobin
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many eye-openers for this parent of 3 teens. Great examples of how to handle specific situations.
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