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35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You, So I Will (Good Things to Know) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Point number one - really rule number on in my mind.... is easily the best in the book "Family is not a democracy"! I remind my 14 year old... you can't vote me out of office and the only bill of "rights" are the ones that I CHOOSE to grant you.
My only disappointment was the lack of coverage of two key challenges...
1. Electronic Connections - text messaging and cell phones have forever changed parenting and hourly challenge the strength of the family bonds. The lack of coverage on this key piece suprised me. How to effectively manage the reality of connectivity without creating an uprising would be most helpful!! The constant connectedness with friends is challenging to manage and keep some family value balance.
2. Dating/Relationships - how to mediate the pitfalls of the "dating" game at too early of an age. You can say you cant date until you are in high school... but what do you really do about it. And how to handle it when it seems to be too big of a driving force for your kids group of friends.
Definitley worth the read - would look forward to an update addressing some of the challenges outlined above!
Author: Ellen Pober Rittberg
ISBN: 978-1-59652-554-2, Pages: 160, $9.99 Publication Date: January, 2010, Softcover, Self Help, Published by: Turner Publishing
Today's world demands a more challenging approach to raising teens. In the past, we gave our children the benefit of the doubt. We were wrong. Ellen Pober Rittberg gives good sound advice by showing how to cope and direct the teenager of today. Her perspectives are invaluable in relation to the inner life of a teen and their bizarre behavior. She sets out in clear detail, with a whole lot of humor, "35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You So I Will." Rittberg is a knowledgeable mother who has raised three children very close in age. She says, "you are never alone and there is definitely intelligent life out there..."
Parents want to be successful in rearing their children. Rittberg calls attention to the facts that a "positive mental attitude...." together with "good values, common sense, a well-developed sense of responsibility..." and most important, "a sense of humor..." are needed. And, do not try to sleep during those teenage years, as a watchful eye is needed at all times.
In her book, she indicates that one of the most significant factors in building a good child-parent relationship is to know your teen's friends. One way to get to know your child's friends is to carpool. Surprisingly, a great deal of information can be obtained about other teens, as many teenagers love to gossip about each other. So, the more they gossip, the more you will know. Also, get to know your child's friends' parents. Networking with them is a means to know where your child is, as teens are "always on the move".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly I remember what I was like as a teenager but can't seem to apply it to my own kids. This book give me a guide and an inside view on how to handle my teens and even my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marsha Matthews
I have not yet finished this book, but, so far, I think that the author is right on the mark. I wish I had this book when my children were early teens.Published on February 17, 2012 by nfplansing
This book had me in stitches! It's so hard to be the parent of a teen but it feels like Ellen is with us for the ride! I thought the breakdown of the chapters was great! Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by lt3