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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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"If your little girl has suddenly turned into one big eye roll, then Arden Greenspan-Goldberg's What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is for you. It's the ultimate how-to guidebook that will not only teach you how to survive your daughter's teen years, but how to enjoy them along the way, too." -- Jen Singer, author,"You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)"


"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!"
Emme, TV Personality, Supermodel, Women's Body Image Advocate, and Mom


"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402256248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402256240
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bullying, Body Image, Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Fitting In, Finding herself. You know your daughter has a lot to deal with. But short of being with her 24/7, how can you help?

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.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone--mom or dad--who has a teenage daughter.
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I expect alot out of my daughter, after reading this book I learned to not let things get to me so much.
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The book is full of real life examples and advise on how to communicate better with my children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Setnick on December 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an eating disorders specialist, I received this book as a gift and thought I would just flip to the sections on eating to see if the author agreed with my views. But I was so impressed with her handling of those topics that I ended up reading the other sections one by one until I had finished the book cover to cover. The conversational and easy-to-relate to style I attribute to Dr. Greenspan's extensive experience sharing healthy strategies with teenagers, including her own. Somehow she addresses this book to the parent without "siding" with either the adults or the teens. She is able to convey both sides' point of view on difficult issues (including Dads) as well as her own take on moving forward without blaming one or the other. At the same time, she doesn't mince words when she feels that someone (adult or teen) needs an attitude adjustment or change in behavior. I alredy thought I knew it all, having raised my own two step-daughters and seen hundreds of teenage girls in practice, but this book brought to my attention some additional issues I hadn't considered. Highly recommended, especially for parents of pre-teens who want to avoid some of the pitfalls of adolescence before they occur. Thank you Dr. Greenspan for a fantastic guide!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kim callanan on June 1, 2012
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I have four daughters and the minute they turned 13 I had no idea who they were or who they turned into!! Book was very helpful in reassuring I wasn't alone during these trying years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D&M on August 20, 2011
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What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager!: A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyl Bean on January 18, 2012
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I highly recommend this book to anyone--mom or dad--who has a teenage daughter. It is full of practical, sensible advice for parents on how to deal with the ups and downs of parenting a teenager. My only criticism is that the subtitle should be "A Hope and Happiness Guide for PARENTS with Daughters Ages 11-19." My daughter is 13 and going through a very turbulent adolescence. Right now, we have a very close mother/daughter bond, but I wanted to make sure we keep that going, so I bought this book to help me figure out what to do as she gets older. So far, the advice and information provided in this book has been priceless. I intend to keep it as a "Teenage Reference Manual" for the coming years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Lisa on October 6, 2012
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As a physician, I highly recommend this book to any mom that really wants to know what is going on with her tween or teenage daughter. It seems to answer all the questions a parent might have, and gives a mom a solid plan of action on how to handle just about any situation. Arden Greenspan-Goldberg hits on even the most sensitive and controversial topics a parent might have to face. It was a pleasure to read, comprehensive, honest, and keeps your attention. The tone of the book is optimistic with a good dose of reality. I look forward to Arden Greenspan-Goldberg's future books!
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By R. Jolly on September 7, 2011
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I SORELY wish I had access to this book while my fiance's sister (our foster child) was living with us. Though the adults in her life had once been teenagers themselves, it was difficult to communicate that we were trying to be caring (as opposed to controlling). The title did hit a nerve with me because the therapist we were seeing repeated this phrase to the point where I was like, "I don't want to hear it" because in my opinion, it was just an excuse. However, I did get some validation from this book because it shows you can trust your instincts!

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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