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About the Author

Dr. Dennis Coates has been CEO of Performance Support Systems, Inc., since 1987. During that time he created several leading edge learning and development technologies that have helped millions of people worldwide grow stronger for the challenges of work and life. Today he spends most of his time writing about personal development, communication skills, personal strength and parenting teens. Kathleen Scott retired from a career in banking to become a travel writer and is currently writing a mystery novel. She has mentored her younger sisters, her nieces and other young women. Her passions include writing, photography, gardening, cooking, and SCUBA diving. She and her husband, Denny Coates, live in the Texas Hill Country.

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  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985015624
  • Publisher: First Summit Publishing; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00772HOOO
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Dr. Dennis Coates is co-founder and CEO of Performance Support Systems, Inc., a publisher of online assessment and development resources. Denny has been a learning and development professional for over 35 years. All his work has been about pursuing two questions. How do people learn - how does it actually happen in the brain? And what can people learn that will make the biggest difference in their lives?

In 1988 he developed "MindFrames," a personality assessment based on cognitive neuroscience. In 1994 he created "20/20 Insight," a breakthrough online multi-source feedback and survey platform. Since then it has been used by millions of participants worldwide to assess and develop organizations, managers and teams. He is also the creator of "Strong for Performance," an online virtual coaching system for the professional development of leaders and teams in the workplace.

He is also passionate about helping adults raise adolescents to be strong, successful adults. His "Strong for Parenting" online coaching system helps parents develop the personal strengths and parent-child communication skills they need to successfully guide teens through adolescence. Other versions of this system are available for teachers, athletic coaches and youth program leaders (visit ProStarCoach.com). He is also the author of two creative books for teenagers, "Conversations with the Wise Uncle" (for boys) and "Conversations with the Wise Aunt" (for girls), available on Amazon.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Myers on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
As the father of a precious daughter, I was very impressed with just how well this book presents the most important lessons a young girl should know. In fact, it should be illegal not to share this information if you are going to bring a daughter into this sometimes terrifying world. By reading this book, a young girl will get a really good overview and understanding of the basics and then be able to manage her life in the most practical way.
The content will undoubtedly help `daddy's little girl' avoid those that might not respect her, appreciate her or empower her. What is in this book is the exact information needed to help her to build self esteem and to clearly understand what really matters while growing up into a young woman.
Unless you are a parent that knows it all, Dr. Denny Coates has generously given young girls an invaluable collection of lessons to last a lifetime. They are well presented and easy to follow. This short book illustrates the typical challenges facing teenage girls today and then shares insight as to how they might prepare for adulthood, before finding out the hard way. If you just read and share this book with your daughter you can honestly say that you gave her a very good shot at a safe, well balanced and gratifying life. I regard the information in this book as the good start needed to grow into a confident young woman...unfortunately something that not every young girl gets to experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Breeden on March 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In the hustle and bustle of today's world, it is easy for adults to lose sight of opportunities to provide valuable guidance to our youth. Directly and succinctly Dr. Coates and Kathleen Scott have provided society with a tool that can be used by anyone who has contact with parents or teens. Conversations with the Wise Aunt is written in the format of short conversations each focused on a topic pertinent to female teen development. Each section serves not only as a springboard for discussion, but also as a reminder for adults to look for and create teachable moments and for teens to recognize their own responsibility in their social and intellectual development. I was able to read this book in less than two hours and found it to be a worthwhile and enlightening investment of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Johnson on February 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My nieces now have daughters (wish I'd had this when they were growing up) so I've read, then easily recommended this book to them all. It's loaded with the common sense, non-lecturing conversations that provoke thought - the kind of thinking you do AFTER you leave a conversation and consider what's been said. This comment really reasoned because it's so accurate, but so often unacknowledged: "The truth is, no one can make you learn. And no one can keep you from learning. If you're really interested or if you make up your mind to master something, no one can stop you. When it comes to learning, you're in charge, not the teacher." It puts accountability right where it belongs - thank you, Denny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Scherrer on February 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book with special interest after working with middle school students as both a teacher and a middle school principal. I wish that I would have had this book while growing up and surviving my youth. The book is short and an easy read. This is just what any parent or youth group leader could use to stir up some interesting conversations and have a starting point to teach some much needed life lessons. Dennis Coates and Kathleen Scott are some of the first authors to clearly explain brain development in teenagers as it relates to a teenager's ability to make life choices. This book is a valuable tool to help teenagers understand that the actions they take will not only effect what happens in the now, but they will understand that the choices they make today will effect the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
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Teenage daughters challenge parents in special ways. I know firsthand, because a couple of decades ago my household was lively every second with our two teen daughters. By trial and error, my wife and I coped with their questions, frustrations, growing pains, choice of boy friends, and emerging resentment of our authority. We would have embraced a guidebook from an expert on how the teen brain develops and operates, and on how to offer advice constructively.

Dennis Coates and his wife Kathleen have written the playbook we would have welcomed. The book is not an academic treatise. Rather, Conversations with the Wise Aunt takes the form of an engaging story, featuring Aunt Maria and her niece Trisha.

My brief video review includes selected concise quotations from Aunt Maria. As you watch the video, you'll want to hear how she counsels Trisha.

My suggestion is that you and your daughter, or daughters if that's the case, read this book thoroughly, and use it as a springboard to candid, constructive conversations.

Please note: Dr. Coates invited me to review this book. This invitation from the author did not influence my review in any way. In fact, if anyone asked me to review a book only if I guaranteed a favorable review, I would decline the opportunity instantly, regardless of the prestige of the author or publisher.
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