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A good word for the disorientation many parents feel during their children's teenage years is "perplexed." In a twist on the title of Maimonides's 12th-century philosophical tome The Guide for the Perplexed, Doades offers a compassionate parenting manual that aims Judaism's messages at the "tumultuous, challenging and chaotic" teen years. "Parenting Jewish teens today is about finding something to hang onto (Judaism works) as you try to hang onto your kids (don't give up, no matter what they look, smell or act like)," she writes. Contemporary society, plagued by a decline in communal connectedness, compounds the hormonal upheaval by providing few consequences for behavior and popularizing a culture that denigrates authority, she says. Judaism's enduring values will not only serve them in good stead, providing tools to evaluate their choices, but will comfort and direct parents in maintaining dignity, sanity and family relationships. In a sympathetic parent-to-parent tone, Doades explores issues of separation, culture, conflict, family relationships, changing parental roles, interfaith dilemmas and special-needs situations, with examples from the Bible and Jewish literature. She urges parents to start Jewish teen parenting groups, and concludes that despite the normal teenage need for separation, parents must echo the Bible's message, Hineini, "Here I am." (Jan.)
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"We Jewish parents, and perhaps others as well, need a glimpse of the meaning that lies beyond the minute-by-minute, day-to-day encounters in the struggle of parenting emerging adults. In the everyday battles of life with our teens, we need the benefits and the comfort that the teachings and the wisdom that have guided and sustained the Jewish people through countless generations can provide." --from the Preface

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580233058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580233057
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Brozoski on November 18, 2006
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Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed by Joanne Doades is a must-read for any parent of teenage children. Ms. Doades shares her experience as a parent of three Jewish teens to help other parents learn from her triumphs and her mistakes. The book is certainly inspirational, encouraging parents to persist in their relationships with their teenage children even in difficult times. In today's society where family relationships are disjointed to say the least, Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed is like a breath of fresh air!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cantor Perry Fine on November 30, 2006
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Teenagers! Can there another demographic group more challenging yet full of promise! JoAnne Doades book on Parenting Jewish Teens offers a realistic approach to raising teens based on years of insight and experience. Her book is a paractical guide filled with great understanding, sensitivity and humor. I particularly like her integration of Jewish primary sources into the discussion If you have Jewish teens, this book is a must!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Dickerman on November 21, 2006
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I couldn't put this book down. As a Jewish mom of two pre-teens boys, I worry about how I'll handle the teen years. This book gave me some excellent ideas. It also provides the confidence of knowing others have been through these years and made it through.

The stories and examples are funny, heartwarming, and very real.
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