Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen: Even When It Seems Impossible

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Conari Press, Aug 31, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen is composed of 60 two-page essays, to help busy parents develop healthy parenting styles. Through practical suggestions and true-life stories, the book teaches readers how to shift the focus from the hardships and the mishaps to the joys and heartfelt moments. With gentle wisdom, honesty, and a healthy dose of good humor, Judy Ford guides parents and teenagers through one of the most difficult times in their relationship.
 

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Contents

The Art of Relating
1
Expect the Unexpected
9
Laugh About Inconsistencies
11
Choose Power Struggles Wisely
13
Take Time to Unwind
15
Give Them Reasons to Be Proud of You
17
Remember Your Own Feelings as a Teenager
19
See Beyond the Obvious
21
Encourage Activities to Let Off Steam
83
Guide Them Toward Their Passion
85
Honor Their Wild Strong and Free Nature
87
Let Them Burn the Midnight Oil
89
Share the Car
91
Find Healthy Ways to Be High
93
Take Every Opportunity to Hang Out
95
Believe in Them Totally
101

Be Still and Smile
23
Willingly Make Up
25
Respond with an Open Heart
27
Accept Changes Graciously
29
Add a Splash of Pizzazz to Your Own Life
31
Accentuate What Is Truly Meaningful
33
By Your Own Example Teach Them to Pray
35
Treasure Being Together as a Family
37
Do the Best You Can
39
Ask for Input About the Toughies
41
Encourage Role Models
43
Become a Mentor
45
Expand Your Vision for Our Children
47
Try the Playful Approach
53
Have Exciting Conversations
55
Consider Their Point of View
57
Share Your Perspective
59
Provide Adventures
61
Include Lots of Friends
63
Make Room for the Blues
65
Show Wholehearted Interest Without Taking Over
67
Find New Ways to Be Together
69
Celebrate the Milestones
71
Carry on Family Traditions
73
Bring on the Blaring Music
75
Allow for Lots of Privacy
77
Carefully Avoid Embarrassing Them
79
Build a Bond of Camaraderie
81
Admire Who They Are as They Are
103
Behave Respectfully
105
Let Them Learn by Experience
107
Have Faith in Their Ability to Find Solutions
109
Plant the Seeds of Suggestions
111
Stand Back and Watch Them Grow
113
Admit When Youre Angry
115
Refine the Knack of Arguing
117
Be Sensitive to Their Struggles
119
Acknowledge Their Choices
121
Handle the Unmentionables
123
Include Them in Your Life
125
Truthfully Share Your Life Stories
127
Negotiate Negotiate
129
Let Them Know You Care
131
Establish Guidelines That Inspire
133
Alert Them Gently to Consequences
135
Face Problems Squarely
137
Be Genuine with Praise
139
Teach Them to Be Good to Themselves
141
Give a Choice in Their Daytoday Lives
143
Allow Them to Practice Taking Charge
145
Trust and Trust Again
147
Remember That Teenagers Are Fragile Too
149
Stand Back and Gain Perspective
151
Bravely Let Go
153
Resource Guide
157
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With over half a million copies of her books in print, Judy Ford, M.S.W. is the best-selling author of Conari's Wonderful Ways books, which include Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen, Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Wonderful Ways to Be a Family, Wonderful Ways to Love a Grandchild, and Wonderful Ways to Be a Stepparent. Co-author with her daughter Amanda of Between Mother & Daughter, she lives in Washington state.

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