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Well-written in an easy-going, readable tone that communicates well with parents, this book is an encouraging, supportive guide to helping parents step back and appreciate the unique life situation they are involved in with their teen. This book is filled with great insights and real world ideas about how to help both yourself and your teenager navigate this crazy, turbulent time together. This book supports parents and shows how you can be more effective if you step back, be flexible, speak without asking too many question, let them make mistakes and many other difficult steps that are essential in allowing your child to discover their own strengths as they move towards adulthood. --The National Parenting Center --Seal of Approval Award

The teenage years are often as painful for parents as for teens. Rather than trying to avoid that inevitable pain, this book advises parents to totally embrace the transformation that is occurring. Kuczmarski offers plenty of witty and concise insights and explanations to help a parent get through the tough times. For example, she points out that the argumentative teen may be only trying to get a grip on abstract thinking, so instead of resisting and resenting arguments, try setting up debates or creating a think tank. Pointers on knowing when to get involved and when to step back and reminders for parents to respond with kindness rather than defensiveness are among the book's other contributions. Many parents will also be grateful for the eye-opening Primer on Drugs. Apt suggestions for helping teens to recognize and dialogue with their inner judges and using affirmations to identify the buried treasure of their strengths and talents serve to honor the enormous potential and idealism of youth. There's much more, but perhaps the best advice of all is to laugh regularly and to have some type of practice or discipline to help you stay balanced. Recently awarded The National Parenting Center's prestigious Seal of Approval, this book holds out a kind and compassionate helping hand to parent and teen alike. --NAPRA Review

One of the toughest aspects of parenting teenagers is addressed by Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski in "The Sacred Flight of the Teenager." Beyond the day-to-day trenches, Kuczmarski helps the reader think through the transitions from teen to adult and addresses parents' own necessary transitions as well. In a series of forty personal essays, the author organizes her writing under the topics: Letting Go, Keeping in Touch, Exploring, Acquiring Skills, and Connecting. The author's experiences help parents think about the other end of parenting---the time to set young adults free: "Your role is clear: Guard your teen from harm, foul play, and injury. Go to bat for a teen to prevent abuse, maltreatment, and crippling damage, when your teen is in real danger. But let teens go to bat for themselves when they are not in imminent danger." --ForeWord Magazine

About the Author

Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski is an educator who teaches teachers, a cultural anthropologist who studies family culture, a sociologist who views families as small interactive groups, and a parent who has experienced families firsthand. She has done extensive research directly related to how children learn social skills and how teens become leaders. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University in New York City, where she was named an International Fellow.

Over the last thirty years, she has conducted lectures, workshops, and seminars on teens, family togetherness, and learning leadership. She is a frequent radio and television guest, holds two additional master's degrees from Columbia University, and has been listed in "Who s Who in the World" for twelve years. She was recently selected for inclusion in "Outstanding People of the 21st Century," "500 Leaders of World Influence," and "2000 Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century."

Dr. Kuczmarski has taught at seven universities, worked in three non-profit educational organizations, including the United Nations, and co-founded an innovation consulting firm, Kuczmarski & Associates, in Chicago. She is the author of three additional books: Values-Based Leadership, The Family Bond: Inspiring Tips for Creating a Closer Family, and Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership (Kaplan Publishing, Summer 2007). Both parenting books received the prestigious Seal of Approval award from the National Parenting Center.

She serves as a Family and Teen Expert for www.clubmom.com. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of www.leanforwardmedia.com and www.choosemovie.com. During the course of a career spanning almost three decades, she has given presentations to teachers, parents, teens, and social service agencies, as well as corporate and civic groups.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bookends Publishing (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967781736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967781730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Smith Kuczmarski, Ed.D. is a well-known speaker and authority on the contemporary family, leadership, and teenagers. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has researched extensively how families becoming closer and successful leaders acquire leadership skills.

She is an award-winning author of five books, three on families and two on leadership. "Becoming A Happy Family: Pathways to the Family Soul" won the prestigious Gold Medal from the 2015 IPPY Book Awards for "Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book" and an Eric Hoffer Book Award in the "E-Book Non-Fiction" category. "The Sacred Flight of the Teenager: A Parent's Guide to Stepping Back and Letting Go" and "The Family Bond: Inspiring Tips for Creating A Closer Family" both received the prestigious "Seal of Approval" award from the National Parenting Center. Her pioneering book, "Values-Based Leadership," launched the values in the workplace movement. "Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership" was selected by Fast Company Magazine as a "2007 Best Business Book."

For more than 35 years she has conducted leadership programs for all kinds of audiences, from businesses, teachers, parents, even teens, to new delegates to the United Nations. She is the co-founder of Kuczmarski Innovation, a nationally recognized innovation management consulting firm in Chicago. Over the course of her career she has taught at 7 universities. She currently teaches "Creating and Leading A Culture of Innovation" at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and leadership courses at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Kuczmarski believes that everyone has an "inner leader" if they want to discover and develop it. She inspires fresh perspective and innovative techniques to empower individuals and their teams to do great work. Her seminar participants discover how to nurture leadership styles that facilitate trust and team performance. They also learn the six people-oriented values--humility, compassion, transparency, inclusiveness, collaboration, and values-based decisiveness.

Kuczmarski holds a Doctorate in Education and 2 master's degrees from Columbia University, where she was named an International Fellow. She is a frequent radio and television guest and has appeared on the "Today Show" and "Windy City Live." For 12 years, she has been listed in "Who's Who in the World." Her research, speaking, workshops and teaching have made her a leading expert on both leadership and issues devoted to the contemporary family.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hagle on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What an exceptional blend of empathy, creativity, and good old-fashioned common sense for the contemporary parent. The author obviously had children of her own--chapters are written in short, conversational passages that can be read 5 minutes at a time--a near necessity for today's time-starved parent.
One of the experts who reviewed this book said that she "wished she had had it when raising their children." I can't do better than that, but I can second the statement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski is a social scientist who has spent twenty-five years as an educator, lecturer, and authority on family culture. The great thing about THE SACRED FLIGHT OF THE TEENAGER is that, unlike so many other educational guidebooks out there, Dr. Kuczmarski doesn't dwell on dysfunctional families, but those normal parents and teens

working together to survive adolescence.

The book is divided into the follow categories and sub-categories:

Part 1--Letting Go: The Sacred Step; Pain; The Art of Argument; Tai Chi; On Stepping in and Stepping Back; A Feast of Laughter; Superteen Takes Flight; and Turtle Medicine.

Part 2--Keeping in Touch: The Wisdom of Goats; Values; Changing Values; Hello in There; Tips for Talking to Teens; Letting Feelings Out; The Judge and the Detective; and Buried Treasure.

Part 3--Exploring: Surfing Life; Rude and Cantankerous; Fending for Themselves; Gunny Sacks; Freedom; Nourishing Mistakes and Hard-Won Lessons; Primer on Drugs; and Ground Rules.

Part 4--Acquiring Skills: A Boat on the Water; Maneuvering in the Adult World; Behind the Wheel; Work Discoveries; The Spirit of Giving; Relationships; Singing Heart--First Love, Passion, and Sex; and Looking Ahead Together.

Part 5--Connecting: Witches, Aunties, and Guides; Play and Nourishment; Creating Families of Their Own; Becoming a Group Member; Learning Leadership; Beach Glass and Exploring; Mental Shift; and Self-Acceptance.

I have always been a big believer that it is my job, as a parent, to help my children develop strong morals and values that they can take with them when it's time to go out on their own. Dr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m.v.k. on January 9, 2014
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Highly recommend this book for all parents ! No matter who you are if you have a child you should read this, even before they become a teenager.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Miller on August 19, 2009
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I really did not find this book very helpful. There were a few helpful hints but for the most part, it was pretty much common sense. I didn't find anything of substance from it. I found it pretty general and not very insightful or detailed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shiela Woodruff on February 4, 2013
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The producted was packaged well, was exactly what I wanted, received what I order and it was odelivered on time as tracking information stated.....
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