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Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No Hardcover – January 31, 2006
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By far the largest fourth section of the book deals with specific issues involved in parenting adolescents: academics, agression, substance abuse, argumentativeness, breaking agreements, chores, clothing, curfews, self-mutilation, deception, defiance, family detachment, disrepect, driving, spirituality, ignoring parents, impulsive behaviors, the internet, handling money, moodiness, parties, peer relationships, phone usage, runaways, sexuality, and the silent treatment.
Townsend balances comforting parents in the difficult situations they find themselves in with teens, practical suggestions for working with teens on their own, and highlighting red flag behaviors that need professional intervention. The book is very readable and easily completed over a weekend. Following through on the suggestions will take longer, but Townsend helps encourage parents to hang in there!
Fortunately, for parents today, there are some excellent books available that can help them prepare for their child's stages of development. These books, written by people who have worked through many of parenting's pitfalls, can make the journey so much smoother and more enjoyable. Dr. John Townsend, who often co-authors with Dr. Henry Cloud, has written a series of books dealing with parenting and relationships that definitely falls into this category. These titles include RAISING GREAT KIDS, HOW PEOPLE GROW, BOUNDARIES WITH KIDS and BOUNDARIES IN MARRIAGE, plus others.
We have heard that a child's personality and tendencies are formed by the time he or she is eight years old. So what hope do parents have when their 14-year-old becomes rude and disrespectful, refusing to follow even the simplest of family rules? According to BOUNDARIES WITH TEENS, help is available, and while the child's personality and tendencies will not be changed, his or her behavior will. This allows the family to function and mom and dad to have a measure of serenity.
Dr. Townsend says, "I have seen many teens become more responsible, happier, and better prepared for adult life after their parents began to apply the principles and techniques discussed in this book.Read more ›
Ask questions that require more than a "yes" or "no". Begin with questions about facts, move to thoughts, and then to emotions. Your teen needs to know you know her on a heart level.Read more ›
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I have listened a third of this book so far, and can not go on anymore. The author kept babbling on and on and I haven't learnt anything yet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Y. Tang
I love this series and this particular book has given me some great tips to help me work on some issues between me and my teenage daughter :-) I also volunteer in my 6th grader's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by princessbuttercup
I read the chapter on step parents and I felt the chapter did not hit on what step parents go through or how to manage the family. I was very disappointedPublished 4 months ago by Sheila Hepworth
Wow! What a difference this book made in my relationship with my teenage son! IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH YOUR TEENAGERS, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!Published 5 months ago by jody roberts
John Townsend does an amazing job describing what's going on during the adolescent years, including hormones, brain development & behavior. Read morePublished 6 months ago by christopher bisgrove