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When Good Kids Do Bad Things - A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Gordy Levine
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Parenting a pre-teen or teen? Time to "Suck it up, Buttercup." There is no way around the fact that for some parents the teen years mean dealing with Good Kids Doing Bad Things. The bad ranges from those little lies, that one shoplifting episode, loving the wrong guy or gal, to a major problem with drinking and drugging, or suicidal depression.

Looking for helpful advice is like thumbing the dictionary hoping you will find a word you need but don't know how to spell. If you are lucky you will stumble on what you need.

What can a parent do? Check out the credentials of the advice givers. Most fall into two categories: parents who have raised a child or two or more and therapists who work with disturbed children and their parents. Each offer advice that works some of the time for some parents and some children, but each also falls short for too many parents and too many children.

One offers the best of both—Katherine Gordy Levine.

Katherine Gordy Levine is not only a certified therapist, former professor, director of mental health crisis teams, and mother of two - over a period of 12 years she was foster parent to almost 400 troubled teenagers. Her wealth of experience is shared with humor and angst in examples throughout this engaging page-turner. Her suggestions are both clinically sound, but also based on practical experience. She knows what works and what does not work. Moreover, she is on the side of all parents.

Effect real change in the behavior of your adolescent with the adaptable techniques you'll find in this book.

A note to all readers: This book does include all of the topics found in the 'When Good Kids Do Bad Things' series, an 11 volume set of parenting survival guides, each of which deals with one specific parenting issue, which are:
When Good Kids Get You In A Gotcha War
When Good Kids Struggle in School
When Good Kids Hang Out With The Wrong Crowd
When Good Kids Dress Makes You Stress
When Good Kids Lie
When Good Kids Take Risks
When Good Kids Have Sex
When Good Kids Run Away
When Good Kids Break The Law
When Good Kids Do Drugs and/or Alcohol
When Good Kids Get Depressed

In addition to the topics covered in the 11 volumes, this book includes 37000 additional words on:
Good Kid vs Bad Kid
The Caring Response
The Caring Intervention
Getting Professional Help
Caring For Yourself
Resources and Reading List


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About the Author

Katherine Gordy Levine is a wife, mother, grandmother and professionally she has worked as the Program Coordinator, Mental Health Association NYC; Direct Group Home Program SCAN NY; Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; and Director of Social Services at St Luke’s Women’s Hospital, among other leading professional roles. Katherine has spoken at close to 60 seminars, workshops and events. A sought after guest speaker she has spoken on topics such as family support, children’s mental health, anger management, family violence, parenting, intervention, self care and emotional fitness. She has been a guest speaker with the Institute on Psychiatric Services American Psychiatric Association, American Public Health Association, NASW’s Annual Conference, and she has spoken at universities across the country, from Portland to Washington. Her parenting skills were truly tested and developed when for twelve years she worked as a professional foster parent, helping almost 400 troubled teens. Much of that experience inspired her first book ‘When Good Kids Do Bad Things’. A self-confessed compulsive care-taker in recovery, Katherine then turned her attention to her second book, ‘Parents Are People Too’.

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  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987283464
  • Publisher: MetaPlume Corporation (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081NA4TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Insightful May 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Katherine Gordy Levine exhibits love, humor and good practical common sense through her remarkable book.
Parents of rebellious teens, as well as professionals who work with rebellious teens, will benefit from Levine's experience as a foster mother of over 300 court appointed teenagers. Parents of non-rebellious teens will receive an insight about how things might have been, and be thankful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide every parent needs... May 31, 2012
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I have worked with and known Katherine and her husband for many years. She is a patient and wonderful Teacher, Friend, Mentor and Mother. This book is a reflection of lessons learned, and guide for when your feeling like youve given it your last try. It's well worth the read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a practical book May 31, 2012
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This books is actually practical and useful not just theoretical. I have worked with teens in schools for 15 years and finally have tools to use directly with parents who are struggling. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for anyone with teens in their life May 28, 2012
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Katherine gives parents invaluable and practical tools to stay connected to their kids when times get tough, and these tools create environments where change is possible. With great examples, humor and humility, this book is a must-read for anyone with teens in their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight March 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed it from the amazon kindle lending library for several months, I now need to purchase the book. I want to have a copy for reference. She covers all ages and all behavior problems and what to do, what NOT to do!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Today! May 31, 2012
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If you are a parent of a teen (especially one who has broken some rules) you will wish to read this book. Simple, clear and effectively written, it offers practical advice and stories that parents can relate to. Katherine is a foster mom and counselor who offers no-nonsense advice that is accessible, friendly and not preachy. Wondering when to worry, when to act and how to keep on caring in the face of misbehavior? Katherine has actionable solutions for you. Her six step Caring Response is best posted on your fridge. If you are parenting teens for the first-time, this is sage advice that can help you take action rather than be paralyzed by fear. In this complicated era, advice from an experienced mom (and dad) is appreciated. Thank you, Katherine and Dave
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Parent advice from a mutant - a therapist and the world's most experienced parent; she cared for 366 teens needing short-term foster care.

Katherine Gordy Levine is a wife, mother, grandmother and one time foster mother. She and her husband offered short term care for teens in trouble with the law. She is also a licensed therapist.

Before becoming a foster parent, she directed the Social Service Department at Woman's Hospital in New York and then became an Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Following her years as a foster parent, she directed mental health crisis teams in the most poverty ridden areas of NYC. She also continued teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Smith College.

Katherine has spoken at close to 60 seminars, workshops and events. A sought after guest speaker she has spoken on topics such as family support, children's mental health, anger management, family violence, parenting, intervention, self care and emotional fitness. She has been a guest speaker with the Institute on Psychiatric Services American Psychiatric Association, American Public Health Association, NASW's Annual Conference, and she has spoken at universities across the country, from Portland to Washington.

She is the founder of Emotional Fitness Training, Inc. and describes herself as the C.E.O. and Jill of All for that company.

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