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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060587407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060587406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Subtract $13.95 from...your 12-year-old’s college savings account this year and apply it instead to this book.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

About the Author

Brad Sachs, Ph. D., is a family psychologist and the author of Things Just Haven't Been the Same: Making the Transition from Marriage to Parenthood. He is the founder and director of the Father Center and has written for numerous periodicals. He is married to Karen Meckler, a pychiatrist and acupuncturist, and together they raise their three children, Josh, Matt, and Jess, in Columbia, Maryland.

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Dr. Brad Sachs is a psychologist, speaker, educator and best-selling author specializing in clinical work with children, adolescents, couples, and families, in Columbia, Maryland, and the Founder and Director of The Father Center, a program designed to meet the needs of new, expectant, and experienced fathers.

His forthcoming book is entitled EMPTYING THE NEST: LAUNCHING YOUNG ADULTS TOWARDS SUCCESS AND SELF-RELIANCE (Macmillan/St. Martin's, July, 2010).

His most recent book, WHEN NO ONE UNDERSTANDS: LETTERS TO A TEENAGER ON LIFE, LOSS, AND THE HARD ROAD TO ADULTHOOD, was published in 2007, and is based on his between-sessions correspondence with a suicidal adolescent whom he was treating.

He is the author of numerous other books, including THE GOOD ENOUGH CHILD: HOW TO HAVE AN IMPERFECT FAMILY AND BE PERFECTLY SATISFIED (HarperCollins, 2001), which was named as an Editor's Choice by Amazon.com and became its best-selling parenting title that year. It was featured on NBC's The Today Show, and was excerpted in Family Circle Magazine.

He has also written THE GOOD ENOUGH TEEN: RAISING ADOLESCENTS WITH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE (DESPITE HOW IMPOSSIBLE THEY CAN BE), (HarperCollins, 2005), and THINGS JUST HAVEN'T BEEN THE SAME: MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM MARRIAGE TO PARENTHOOD (William Morrow, 1992), which was named one of the Top Five Books for New Parents by Child Magazine. His books have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Danish.

Dr. Sachs regularly writes articles on family life for magazines such as Redbook, Parenting, Parents, Child, and American Baby, is renowned for his creative and innovative treatment of children and families, and has lectured and led seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed on over three hundred radio and television shows, including The Today Show, 20/20, The Montel Williams Show, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, and The Diane Rehm Show.

His original poetry has been collected in IN THE DESPERATE KINGDOM OF LOVE: POEMS 2001-2004, (Chestnut Hills Press, 2005), BLIND DATE: POEMS OF EXPECTANT FATHERHOOD (Chestnut Hills Press), and the forthcoming WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS? : POEMS FROM PSYCHOTHERAPY.

Dr. Sachs is also a composer and performer, most recently releasing HARD TALES TO TELL, a cycle of sixteen original songs based on the stories his patients have told him. Other recording projects include OPENING DAY: SONGS OF EXPECTANT FATHERHOOD, LOVE SO HARD: SONGS OF MARRIAGE, and the soundtrack for the NPR series on minor league baseball, APPALACHIAN ALMANAC.

He is a graduate of Brown University, where he met his wife, Dr. Karen Meckler, a psychiatrist and medical acupuncturist, and together they raise their three teenaged children and two dogs in Columbia, Maryland.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Edwards on August 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous book that I happened upon and could not put down. It should be titled, "What to expect from your teens and yes, it is normal". I found this book a fabulous tool with which to measure my teens progress against those of other teens without compairing them to the unrealistic expectations of many driven parents in our society and to take a step back and recognize the tremendous accomplishments that they make every day through good choices and responsible behaviors despite the occasional misstep. Teenagers are growing as rapidly as toddlers and this is a how to manual for all parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Thornell on November 2, 2009
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this book really helped me understand my teen better! The stories were at times directly or indirectly related to what my teen and I are going through. Definately helpful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberta on January 7, 2013
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My 12 year old son and I both read this book. We talked about the topics and how to cultivate our relationship together while he is entering his years of apathy. I think we both learned a lot and he appreciates that I shared this with him.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Austin G. Rottier on November 21, 2005
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oh man this book was worthless. I tried the stuff in this book and now my kids hate me and my wife thinks I'm an idiot. Try another book. This one has ruined my family life.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ross Rottier on December 2, 2005
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This book was written to cash in on the market, now there is a series of books about "Good Enough" people, just like "Men are from Mars" series. what next, the Good Enough Teen on a Date, How the Good Enough Teen diets, Good Enough Anorexic Daughter. this is drivel. The author admits in his prior work to suffering from Couvade syndrome, where he is jealous of his wife for bearing children and dreams of having breasts that provide warm milk. he is confused. He admits to being neglected by his father and traded for a can of gas when the family car broke down. the whole concept is of "good Enough" sends a terrible message of compromise to any child. the author is cleary narcissistic, possibly suffering from Asperger Syndrome, looking to make a buck to afford a good position in a home, where he can receive proper treatment.
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