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The Everything Tween Book: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Turbulent Pre-Teen Years (Everything (Parenting)) Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Everything (Parenting)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580628702
  • ASIN: B004KAB4H4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda Sonna, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and former foster mom. She is author of the highly successful The Everything® Toddler Book and The Everything® Potty Training Book, as well as The Homework Solution: Getting Kids to Do Their Homework and The Homework Plan: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Excel. Dr. Sonna teaches psychology at the University of New Mexico.

More About the Author

Before medicating your child for ADHD or depression, see the documentary at http://www.documentary-log.com/you-are-watching-the-drugging-of-our-children/. Then read my Parent's Guide to ADHD to find other ways to help your child.

I acquired a lot of technical knowledge about psychology while working on my doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, but my real education took place over the next thirty years.

The many young therapy patients I worked with were my real teachers. Most troubled children and adolescents, I learned, are acutely aware of their problems and needs. They helped me understand why they misbehaved, felt depressed and anxious, had trouble getting along at home, or weren't doing well in school. Once they were able to share their knowledge with the important people in their lives, the solutions for even the most difficult problems tended to be clear.

Living the exquisite joys and daunting challenges of being a foster mom also played an important part in my education. Helping to raise six children sensitized me to parents' struggles. It definitely made me more sympathetic to their dilemmas and need for concrete answers!

I began each new parenting book by reading all the self-help books and scientific studies I could find on the subject, and this research rounded out my education. I was amazed to find that often the self-help books and formal studies were at odds. For instance:

* Most potty training books say that children aren't ready to begin learning until age 2 to 2 1/2, while the research shows that most of the world's children are fully trained by age 2! In the early 1900s, most parents began working with infants on potty skills at age 2 months.

* While most self-help books recommend Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs as the only truly effective treatments for attention deficit disorder, the research shows that changes in diet and exercise can dramatically reduce or eliminate most children's symptoms!

* Research studies suggest that children with particular personalities respond differently to particular child-rearing methods, but most self-help books propose a single method for everyone.

Despite my many decades of study, I don't pretend to have all the answers about how to make the life better and happier for children. My ideas continue to change and evolve. I have many more books planned, and hope that this forum can be yet another method of educating myself. Let me know what you have learned, and I'll pass it on!

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Good book, with lots of good advise.
C. Castillo
I think looking as this book as overly simplistic misses the point.
Spiny Norman
Definitely worth it for all tween & teen parents!
Gretchen M. Fatouros

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By lois mark on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Finally a book that touches on the questions parents of "tweenagers" struggle with daily and offers workable solutions to the problems of homework, sex, drugs, moodiness, peers, etc. Dr. Sonna knows her stuff and shares it in a highly readable and understandable way.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Kids are trying to grow up too fast, acting like teenagers when they're still in elementary school. This book has lots of good advice for keeping kids on a good track at school, and at home, along with tips for sleeping,safety, keeping them off of junk food, and "everything" else. Already my daughter and I are getting along better.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Lots of insight and useful suggestions. My tween is also reading it, and "suggesting" I read certain sections. A lot of good conversations have started that way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spiny Norman on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think looking as this book as overly simplistic misses the point. When your child goes from a calm, sane angel to holy terror overnight, you need to stop the carnage ASAP. This book not only reassures the parents that this is normal behavior for the age but gives you quick stratagies for dealing with the new stranger in your house. I will be happy to read all about that deeper psycological interplay when my daughter is out of the nest.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By R. Clark on May 17, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I guess I expected too much from this book. I couldn't get past the first 30 pages without feeling it was written for Jr. High Family and Health class. Think of it as the "light" version of parenting advice. If that's what you're looking for, here's your book. Examples (with a dose of sarcasm:)

Did you know that fat and sugar makes kids fat?!

Did you know that kids should wear helmets when skateboarding!?

Did you know that kids should dress warmly on a winter's day?!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Hunter on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a middle school teacher who deals with 11yr olds all day I thought this was a great book. Very light reading, quick and easy but full of good stuff. Linda is "right on" when describing the Tween and gives lots of insightful, useful tips. I highly recommend this for both parents and anyone working with this age group - especially if you are "new" to this age group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slc on January 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As a mother of two tween girls, I have been struggling to make the right choice in how to handle this be phase in their lives. This book gives great insight in to their complex and confused minds.
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