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About the Author

Ellen Pober Rittberg is a writer, attorney, and award-winning journalist who hosted and produced the TV show The Changing Family. Her feature articles and essays have appeared in the New York Daily News, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. For 13 years, Ms. Rittberg raised three teens, all born within a three-year time span.
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Product Details

  • Series: Good Things to Know
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596525541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596525542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Pober Rittberg is a award-winning parenting writer, public speaker, attorney and mother of three very closely spaced now-grown children. For 13 years she represented hundreds of children and teens in court in virtually all aspects of their lives. While she can't say she has seen it all, she saw and experienced a great deal of things close up which others didn't or haven't yet and which are the basis of her philosophy and book. A humor writer -- one of her children, Matt Ritter, is now a stand-up comic and comedy writer -- Ms. Rittberg wanted to help parents laugh and deal during this sometimes very trying time (for example, she tells what to do when your children throw a party even though you've made all kinds of plans to prevent it, and how to deal with the aftermath and how to make certain it doesn't happen again.) In short, this book is the one she wishes she had, containing all the tricks of the trade through 35 side splitting but on the money rules. For several years, she hosted and produced a live cable television show, "The Changing Family."

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Excellent basic review of "How To" parent teenagers - although the title is a little deceiving.
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!
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This had me laughing out loud! With vivid, funny language and ridiculous stories any parent can relate to, this is a great read. Besides the humor value, the author is a lawyer for teens and an award-winning journalist, which makes me trust her as an authority and use this as an actual guidebook. I loved this book and would recommend it to parents of any ages - teens, preteens and even the young'ens!!
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35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You So I Will
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".
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I read this book on my way to work and loved it. I can relate to a lot of the scenarios and the author shows why it is best to be a loving, strong parent that can laugh at the craziness of raising teens. I would recommend this to any parent.
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A friend just told me about this book. I am dealing with two teenagers in the middle of their rebellious stage. After reading this book, I know feel like I have a guide book. Aside from the book being helpful, it was incredibly funny!
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