Parenting Teenagers: 20 Tough Questions and Answers

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Being a parent to teenagers can often be an overwhelming job. Longtime psychologists, educators, and parents Lois and Joel Davitz offer sound and reassuring advice in this easy-to-read book that focuses on some of the major concerns parents have today. Their questions come from a survey of real-life situations that parents face: relationships, communication, sadness, mood swings, conflict and crisis, money, bad influences. Their answers encourage parents to think through their particular circumstances and recognize that parents can best determine what is right for their families. The issues are unflinchingly honest. The responses are not simple. But both questions and answers are right on the mark. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Am I a good parent?
1
For the parent of a teenager whats most important to remember?
7
What are the most valuable gifts I can give to my teenager?
10
How do I establish a close relationship with my teenager?
13
How do I know when it is the right time to step in and take a more active role in my teenagers life?
18
How can I get my teenager to communicate with me?
25
There is a real danger and unpleasantness in the world How can I help my teenager face this reality without becoming cynical and pessimistic?
31
What should I do when my kids turn away from the church challenge everything and tell me the church has no meaning in their lives?
35
What do I do about my teenagers mood swings?
62
How can I best prepare my teenager to be independent of the family?
66
What do I do when there is a crisis with my teenager?
70
Sometimes theres a conflict between fitting in with friends and being true to yourself How can I help my teenager deal with this problem?
75
What should I do if my teenager seems to lack selfesteem?
81
What do I do about limits privileges and responsibilities?
87
How can I best help my teenager learn how to handle money?
97
What if I think my teenagers friends are a bad influence?
100

How can I best help my teenager fulfill hisher own potential without creating too much pressure?
39
Sex drugs alcoholthe three big concerns What can I do?
49
What do I do when I get into an argument with my teenager?
54
What can I do to instill and reinforce ethical and moral values in my teenager?
109
A Final Word
114
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About the author (2003)

Davitz is a former professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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