Parenting is Child's Play: The Teenage Years: The Teenage Years

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Penguin UK, Jan 7, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages

The popular RTÉ series Teens in the Wild showed David Coleman doing what he does best: taking families who were locked in conflict and turning things around. It wasn't always easy, but the results were dramatic, moving and inspiring.

The key to a successful journey through adolescence centres on the recognition that parenting styles have to develop and progress through this period. In Parenting is Child's Play: The Teenage Years, David Coleman explains why adolescence gets such a bad press and, reassuringly, why parents don't have to dread it. Even if affection, respect and cooperation seem to be replaced by contempt, rejection and recalcitrance, there is an explanation for these changes and they don't have to cause irreparable damage.

Parenting is Child's Play: The Teenage Years provides key information about what is going on with your child, and is brimming with helpful advice and down-to-earth strategies. For parents supporting their children on one of the most important journeys they'll ever undertake - the journey from childhood to adulthood - it is essential reading.

 

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Contents

INtRODUCtION
1 SEARCHING FOR IDENtItY
THE FIVE MAJOR CHANGES
Size does matter
The ability to be insightful
A challenging journey to healthy independence
Communicating fully about sexuality
The anxiety of a conscience
HOW PEER PRESSURE WORKS
TEENAGE CONGREGATIONS
GOING TO THE DISCO OR NOT?
SLEEPOVERS
MOBILE PHONES AND ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING
CREATING COMMUNITIES
CHOOSING MENTORS
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
2 EFFECtIVE COMMUNICAtION
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNICATION
THE EVOLUTION OF TEENAGE COMMUNICATION
NONVERBAL BEHAVIOUR
PARAVERBAL BEHAVIOUR
ACTIVE LISTENING
A TYPICAL TEENAGE SCENARIO
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
3 UNDERStANDING FEELINGS
THE LINK BETWEEN FEELINGS AND BEHAVIOUR
From sporting injury to depression
EMOTIONAL CONGRUENCE
REGULATING EMOTIONS
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
THE IMPACT OF NOT SORTING OUT FEELINGS
THE IMPACT OF STRESS PRESSURE AND TRAUMA
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
4 CONFLICt DECISIONMAKING AND tHE DyNAMICS OF POWER
CONFLICT
STUMBLING BLOCKS TO COLLABORATIVE WORKING
DECISIONMAKING
RISKTAKING AND DECISIONMAKING
UNDERSTANDING POWER
USING POWER EFFECTIVELY
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
5 SELFEStEEM
WHAT IS SELFESTEEM?
THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS OWN SELFESTEEM
Perpetuating low selfesteem
THINGS THAT CAN BE BAD FOR SELFESTEEM
STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING SELFESTEEM
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
6 PEER PRESSURE
7 RELAtIONSHIPS AND SEX
THE TROUBLE WITH TALKING ABOUT SEX
WHEN TO START TALKING ABOUT SEX
PREPARING TO TALK ABOUT SEX
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
WHAT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT
THE LIKELY OUTCOME OF EFFECTIVE SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
8 SCHOOL
PUTTING SCHOOL IN CONTEXT
MOVING FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
COMMON LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ADHD
YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR TEENAGERS EDUCATION
SCHOOL SUPPORT FOR YOUR TEENAGERS EDUCATION
BULLYING
EXAMS
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
9 ALCOHOL DRUGS AND EAtING DISORDERS
ALCOHOL
DRUGS
EATING DISORDERS
Responding to the loss of control
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
10 DEPRESSION SUICIDE AND SELFHARM
DEPRESSION
Depression masked by anger
SUICIDE
SELFHARM
Emotional release through the release of blood
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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About the author (2010)

David Coleman is a husband and father of three children. In his spare time he is a clinical psychologist who works with children, teenagers and their families with a range of emotional or behavioural difficulties. He also supervises and supports others who work with children and families, and he gives lectures and runs workshops around Ireland. David's straightforward, encouraging and successful approach to even the trickiest situations has been greeted with widespread acclaim. It is built on the belief that, if children are happy and having fun, then parents will be happier and have more fun too.

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