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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334294
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ginsburg sticks to the "seven C's" he outlined in his well-regarded Building Resilience in Children and Teens and shows how a sense of competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control leads to healthy outcomes for both parent and teen. Here, he centers on the adolescent years and charts out five goals for parents: managing emotions around letting go, reducing conflict, minimizing anxiety, becoming confident in your parenting ability, and understanding that nurturing independence is an act of love. His style is pleasant and concise and, while 30 chapters and 350-plus pages on teenagers may sound like Gitmo to some readers, his advice will be of great value to parents who stick with his program. Recommended."  (-Library Journal )

Parenting Teens is different today, with all the distractions of technology and daily life. Learn to raise your teen while encouraging independence, self-sufficiency, confidence, and resilience.

*Strong practical advice that's easy to digest
* Insightful and Encouraging

Gold Award Winner
for Parenting Resources, National Parenting Publication Awards
Gold Award Winner for Mom's Choice Award

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"An eminently readable, down-to-earth, and spot-on book . . . You'll end up feeling that Ginsburg is sitting right in your living room (and wishing he were!), handing out wise, practical advice, reminding you that there is so much more right with your teen than wrong.  Letting Go with Love and Confidence is likely to end up being your teen years bible." Madeline Levine, PH.D., author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege.

"A wonderful guide . . .  refreshingly up-to-date and down to earth.  Dr. Ginsburg is deeply respectful of both parents and teenagers." Wendy Mogel, PH.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Sugerman on August 7, 2011
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FINALLY!!! News we can all use! Most parents today have been inundated with advice about what to do and what not to do when it comes to raising our children. What's been missing has been the part about when and how to do those things. This book supplies those crucial tools.

When it comes down to the difficult details--what to do about cell phones, driving, sleepovers, the internet, etc.--the best of us can feel challenged to do the right (or even the "good enough") thing. Fortunately, help is here! This book walks you through the decision-making process in a way that allows you to be consistent with your own values and your own parenting styles (Is it safe? Is it practical? Does it meet my standards for morality and decency?).

You're already the expert on your own kid; Letting Go helps you learn how to use your intuition and good intentions to raise kids who will be responsible, resilient, and self-sufficient in the 21st century. And learn to like them at the same time.

I recommend this book to all parents in my adolescent medicine practice. This should be the first stop the next time you wonder, "Now what do I do?"

Susan Sugerman, MD, MPH, Girls to Women Health and Wellness, Dallas, TX
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry at ACS on December 29, 2011
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I'm not one for self-help or parenting books, but I heard an interview with Dr. Ginsburg on the radio that got me interested in this book. Specifically, there was some discussion about the use of code words/phrases that allow your child to save face with his/her friends while at the same time extracating themselves from a situation they know they shouldn't be in. I thought it was an outstanding idea so I bought the book.

I haven't been disappointed. Dr. Ginsburg presents his information in an easy to read form, free from a lot of jargon, and provides practical examples that make sense. My daughter is 13 and only wish the book had been written five years ago! There are some things in the book that are forehead slappers that I wish I had done before she reached this age. I'm impressed enough that I'll certainly be looking into his other works as well.

Bottom line: Dr. Ginsburg provides very useful, and more importantly, practical information for parents approaching or in those difficult adolescent years. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2011
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For every parent who has ever asked themselves, "When is my child ready to..." This is the book! Not only how to know when *your* child is ready (no age guidelines here, but personality-based, real help) to take the next privilege or responsibility, but HOW to structure it so that they are safe, and understand how to get and lose these privileges!

An easy read, Dr. Ginsburg really gets what it is like to love, fear and worry about our teens.

This is the how to talk about it, when to do it guide that will make each of us a more confident parent. Argue less, nag not at all, and still grow the kid you've got to be a great adult. Buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa G. on May 1, 2012
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Letting Go with Love and Confidence is a straight forward, easy to read guide on how to raise your child to be an independent adult while keeping your sanity! Ginsburg and Fitzgerald not only provide usable tips and insights, but validate methods you may already have incorporated into your parenting skills set. This book has become my "Mom" bible; I have tabs with notes on almost every page!
I recommend this book not only for an informative, interesting read, but to be used as a reference guide to raising your kids all through their teen years. It's like having a best friend, who has all the answers on raising tweens/teens, ready and waiting to give you advice when you need it!
Lisa G., R.N.
PTO President
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on February 16, 2012
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I love Dr G's approach to child-rearing. He is so respectful to kids and yet supports parents' anxieties and concerns. His advice is so practical and so solid. The book is an easy read with its short chapters. If you have teens, grab this book!
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