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What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager!: A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters Ages 11 19 Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"Thank goodness, a liberating, refreshingly helpful and therapeutically credible road map along the free-falling journey of motherhood. We all win with less "losing it" around conflict. The personal stories definitely made me feel less alone and empowered to stay open!"
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"In a straight forward, user friendly and totally accessible way, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager overflows with the skills and techniques every mother needs for navigating the precarious yet thrilling road of raising a teenage daughter. Arden Greenspan-Goldberg covers every facet of your ride of a lifetime: sex, drugs, bullying , friends and more... expertly steering you into realistic expectations that both prepare and equip you for your journey."
--Dr. Jane Greer, Marriage and Family Therapist, Author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship, Radio Host, Huffington Post Contributor
"If you have a tween or teenage girl or if you have a daughter younger than this, this book would definitely be the type of book that could be a lifesaver"
"Since most of my audience is composed of believers, I just want to note that even though a book is based on a secular worldview, it may contain some nuggets of wisdom which we can blend in with our own traditions - within our own value system - to help us avoid or deal with parenting problems."
"With Arden and her essential and accessible primer at their side, moms can not only survive, but actually thrive during the teenage years."
"I would suggest this book as a great way to open the doors for communication even if you don't agree with everything and every conversation starter. It helped me think about how I would approach the situation and also gives me a calm thought to different issues instead of getting hit with it out of the blue one day."
"In my opinion, I think that this is a book that is good for advice to show different views."
"This is the bible for mothers with tweens or teens."
"I dog-eared over 50 pages in this 300 plus page book. I highly recommend this book if you have a daughter age 10 and up."
About the Author
Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., B.C.D., is a nationally known family and marriage psychotherapist who has specialized in teen issues for more than 30 years. She currently practices in New City, New York, and New York City. Visit askarden.com
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What Do You Expect? She's A Teenager is the ultimate preparation manual and survival guide for moms with tween or teen girls. It's a portable problem-solver, that will enable you not only to survive but thrive with your daughter. This books offers you strategies, tips, stories all guiding you to learn how to step back from the chaos, rise above, manage your worries and cultivate a more open and less volatile relationship with your daughter.
Filled with advice on how to deal with the most serious topics from cyber-bullying, sex, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, divorce as well as other hot button scenarios-including the desire for piercing and tatoos, posting racy pictures online, sexting, rainbow parties, and many more issues-this is a must-have for any mom coping with a tween or teenage daughter.
Arden's anti-punishment approach and philosophy, and coming from a place of love and understanding, sets her book apart and focuses on teaching moms that they can do it and even enjoy the process.
Top Customer Reviews
written by Arden Greenspan-Goldberg
This has been a full family reading. As soon as the book arrived, my 12 year old daughter picked it up and didn't put it down. I was about to tell her to wait until I read it, making sure the content was appropriate since she is on the lower spectrum of the age; but, decided to just let her go for it. I know she would probably digest what she was comfortable with and shim over other parts. I too read cover to cover but could see my husband picking the chapters he was comfortable with. The book offers a wonderful platform to open discussions if you read it with your daughter; great advice if you have an area you might be struggling with and nice support if things are going smoothly with your daughter. This book is a great reminder of how respect and communication are critical to all relationships. Overall I would say a great read an reference.
Arden recommends that computers be kept in common areas instead of personal ones to set boundaries and provide adequate supervision. She recommends installing monitoring software for 11-14-year-olds, which I absolutely agree with, though you may have to start younger depending on how tech-savvy your kiddo is.
The foundation of this book is communication. Anticipate, educate, be realistic, and explain beyond "because I said so." The biggest thing I struggled with is expecting the teenager to think things through logically. They don't always think. They can be impulsive and that's why it's that much more important for us to be good role models (and ones that know how to laugh).
This is a book worthy of being on every parent's/teacher's/person working with a teenager's bookshelf. This book covers everything from dating, sex and body image, to independence and bullying (VERY hot topic right now).
Disclosure: I was provided a FREE copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own and I was not obligated to provide favorable feedback.
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This book is really helping me be a better mother to my 12 year old. I would recommend to all mother's of teen or tween daughters.Published 12 months ago by Rhonda
I don't usually buy a book at the price this one was at but the reviews were so gleaming that I felt I couldn't possible waste my money. Boy was I wrong. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Poidogster
Arden's book is a MUST HAVE for all parents. Her book provides thoughtful insight into the lives and minds of girls. I highly recommend this book.Published on December 10, 2012 by Jennifer McGurk, RDN
What do you expect? Shes a Teenager! I expect alot out of my daughter, after reading this book I learned to not let things get to me so much. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by gkkkk
This is a "forever" book and learning experience.
"What a joy to read, "What Do You Expect? She's A Teenager! Read more
As an educator I live by the motto, "You never stop learning." To those moms, including myself, who think they know it all or have heard it all before - Arden Greenspan-Goldberg's... Read morePublished on September 10, 2011 by J. Bunnell