- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM (November 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814436552
- ISBN-13: 978-0814436554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter--A Guide for Mothers Everywhere Paperback – November 11, 2015
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"...reaches out with compassion, just a bit of sass, and—most importantly—a well-organized plan for keeping mother-daughter bonds from spiraling out of emotional control." —Publishers Weekly
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“The teenage years don't have to be defined by conflict. Dial Down the Drama gives moms practical solutions grounded in neuroscience that transform the eye rolls and one-word answers into healthy relationships with their daughters. I highly recommend it.” —Jack Canfield, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul ®
One moment your daughter is fun-loving and energetic—a pleasure to be around. The next she’s sulking in silence, or worse, screaming and slamming the door. Congratulations, you’re the mother of a teenage girl.
Your daughter is on an emotional roller coaster. Responding in kind just adds fuel to the fire and erodes your relationship. Teens need a stable anchor—a mom who calmly de-escalates scenes and parents intentionally, even when her child is pushing away.
Written by a popular family therapist, Dial Down the Drama reveals how to reclaim your center and reconnect with your teen. It helps you:
Regain perspective • Break the cycle of conflict • Tune in to your daughter without drowning in her drama • Foster spontaneous conversations • Understand the developing adolescent brain and how it influences behavior • Appreciate her for who she is now—a wonderful, work in progress • Replace worrying and overreacting with effective communication and action • Forge a healthy and lasting bond together
Moodiness, anger, and defiance can stress the best of us. This empowering guide gives you the tools you need to defuse the drama—and dial up the joy.
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1) As a mother of teenagers, I sighed in relief that I’m not alone and laughed in recognition of my own fears. From guidelines to guidance, her insights are meaningful and doable, not ivory tower stuff. I expected the book to focus mostly on daughters, but much of it is dedicated to empowering mothers- it’s refreshing. Her analogies made me laugh out loud, “Think of it this way: your daughter is like a cat.”
2) Professionally: I've learned a lot about the vital connection between infants and parents in my role as founder of a national organization that supports therapists who work with premature babies. I've spent my career learning how attachment, experiences, and early brain development can influence this connection. Colleen O'Grady describes how the teenage brain is also going through a huge ‘remodeling’ phase and how understanding this process goes a long way toward teaching parents how to stay engaged and have fun with their teenagers. (Because I swear you can almost forget to have fun!) I was impressed by how she translated the science and broke the lessons down to clear and realistic steps. I truly took notes on how she did that.
I have already purchased copies for my family and friends. Colleagues are next.
Colleen O'Grady let's us know that we are NOT alone. We are not bad mothers and we're not raising bad kids. We're just have teens whose brains are not completely developed. She teaches mothers to navigate teen tantrums and questionable decisions to create peaceful, loving mother-daughter relationships. The book is tremendously insightful and can be downright life-changing.
Reading this book, I thought over and over that if more people were parented this way, there's be so much less to clean up and undo later! The information in this book – and the funny, compassionate way it's written – has the power to transform relationships and create healthier, happier families.
As the mother of a teenage daughter, I LOVE this book. In fact, my daughter's teacher said that when he saw it in Barnes and Noble, his first thought was, "This is a book that's been needing to be written!" With her experience and expertise, Colleen O'Grady was just the woman to do it.