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Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage-and Let Go of-Your 13-18 Year Olds
Living with a teenager is no picnic. There are times when parents must bite their tongue as their teens push towards independence. Or -- if they sense there is trouble -- there are times when they must take charge. Dr. Phelan gives a step-by-step approach that will help end the hassles and offer concrete solutions.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Parentmagic, Inc.
(first published 1993)
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This book was a great reminder of how I SHOULD be interacting with my teens. It starts off by reminding us that teens have very mixed feelings about life's assignments. First, they are not sure they can happily live up to all life's challenges and second, they aren't sure they want to accept all of life's tasks. But research has repeatedly confirmed that teens do better in this section of their lives when parents a)maintain some type of behavioral monitoring and b)maintain as open and as friendl ...more
Feeling the need to learn how to better parent my teens, I grabbed this book at my local public library. It looked like an easy read, and it was that. It was also a helpful read, setting me straight as to the proper expectations for my teenagers. This book is helpful to parents of teenagers, especially those like me who tend to err on the side of being over-controlling. I heartily recommend this quick and edifying read.
This was a good guide to help me deal with being a parent to a teen. Too bad I picked up a version that was published in 1998! So it was a little dated, but the basic advice it gave was useful. The difficulty with practicing what the book teaches is that it relies on the parents to stay calm and ignore most normal annoying teen behavior, especially arguing.
I very much appreciated how practical this book was. It allowed and encouraged me to exhale by normalizing adolescent behaviors and highlighting the developmental appropriateness of many of these behaviors and interactions.
If you are currently the parents of teenagers or even of pre-teens, do you think that you’ll be able to survive their adolescence? One of the basic problems which develop between parents and their teens is what author Thomas W. Phelan calls “The Snub.” Have you ever had a conversation with your teen like this? “How was your day?” “Fine.” “What did you do?” “Nothin’.” As a result of this, the parents become frustrated because the teen is not communicating with them, and the teen becomes frustrate ...more
Oct 05, 2007 Kimz Zahour rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: All parents of teens... keep an open mind.
Wow this book is WAY different then I thought it would be! I thought it would give advice about all the stupid stuff that teenagers do and how to handle it... But no, it basically points out all the stupid stuff parents do when dealing with their teenagers (with about that much tact). It's laced with just enough humor to keep you from being completely offended and unwilling to look at the hard facts... what you're doing isn't working! This is tough love for parents. My favorite quote shows that ...more
This is an intelligently written book that offers great insights into adolescent behavior and suggestions on how to handle issues such as arguments and "testing." The author cautions parents of teens not to get too worked up about what he terms "MBA"s, minor but aggravating issues, such as a bad grade, messy room, provocative appearance. He cautions against the "Four Cardinal Sins"--Spontaneous Problem Solving, Nagging, Insight Transplants and Arguing. Most helpful, perhaps, was his scale of par ...more
Good follow-up to his 1-2-3 Magic book for ages 2-12. This book offers simple to understand ideas on how to deal with your changing teenager. If the tools are used, it can help parents not get caught up in a power struggle with their teenager. Helps parents to understand the old and new challenges faces the teens of today. Video version available.
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