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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.
I feel like this book was written specifically for me. It's been a Godsend! Practically most of it is highlighted, that's how deeply & directly it speaks to my heart & our situation! It's been so comforting & a load off of my shoulders to realize we are far from the only ones walking through this because, to be honest, I felt like I was an island with nowhere to turn for advice, council, & encouragement. I feel like this book has brought me new hope & determination in our journey in raising a teen daughter & it's given me clarity, wisdom, insight, & taught me practical steps to living in a peaceful & harmonious relationship with my daughter.
Thank you to the author for taking the time & effort to share her wisdom, experience, & research with us!