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The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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“This book is the training manual you never got. A must-have resource for parents, teachers, or anyone else who has to deal with teens.” (Ellen Rakieten, Executive Producer of OPRAH)
“Teenagers pose unique challenges for parents, teachers and caregivers. This book is an essential read, providing a unique pathway to best understand, connect with and guide us in nurturing healthy, resilient teens.” (Gene Beresin MD, MA, Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School)
“This is an invaluable guide to understanding, influencing, and genuinely helping the teenager in your life. Josh offers uncompromisingly practical tips to restore trust, build mutual respect, and expertly help them navigate adolescence successfully.” (Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and founder of Cultures of Dignity)
“This book provides a deep understanding of a teenager’s needs and a practical guide for nurturing optimal development. The advice Josh shares is evidence-based, no nonsense, and uncompromising in it’s practicality. These insights will teach us how we can be that one caring adult every teen needs.” (Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult)
“An accessible primer for helping parents understand and guide their kids through the often confounding adolescent years. Shipp addresses an array of typical problems faced by adolescents, each one accompanied by simple and logical action steps.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The success and impact of my work originates with teachers and other caring adults who invested in me during my formative teenage years. Josh Shipp’s book arms caring adults with the principles, insights, and inspiration they need to help teens they care about succeed.” (Jack Canfield, co-creator of The Chicken Soup for the Soul® Series and author of The Success Principles™)
“Raising an accountable adult is challenging but possible. Josh Shipp presents practical solutions to help parents and other caring adults be as effective as possible, even in the most difficult situations. You will acquire new strategies to provide teens with the skills and confidence they need to be successful!” (John G. Miller, author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and Raising Accountable Kids)
“As both a Mom and professor, I found this parenting book to be a breath of fresh air. Josh skillfully combines heart, humor, and research-backed strategies to reclaim harmony with the teenage human in your life.” (Kimberly Allen, PhD, Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University)
“An essential guide to understanding and positively influencing adolescents. This book is equal parts inspiring and genuinely helpful for every parent, youth worker, educator, or anyone involved with teens in any capacity.” (Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning principal and author of The Immortality of Influence)
“As a Dad I appreciate how practical Josh’s insights are. This book provides effective and practical ways to handle even the most squirm-worthy moments of the teenage years.” (Doyin Richards, fatherhood advocate and contributor to UPWORTHY and Parents Magazine)
From the Back Cover
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING TEENS, FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND GLOBAL YOUTH ADVOCATE JOSH SHIPP
Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child found that every kid who succeeds in the face of adversity has had at least one committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to understand that. As an at-risk foster kid, Shipp was facing a bleak future that would likely have included prison or homelessness—until he met the grown-up who changed his life. Enter Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit and finally got Shipp to believe in himself.
Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows us how to be that same sort of caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for mutual respect, trust, and encouragement, he identifies three key mindsets crucial to understanding teens. He breaks down the distinct phases of teenage life, examines the challenges at each phase, and offers revelatory stories that take us deep inside the teen brain.
Shipp also shares field-tested, game-changing strategies from top professionals and provides word-for-word scripts that troubleshoot more than twenty common teen issues, including
- RESPONSIBILITY: When my teen messes up, how can I help her take ownership?
- COMMUNICATION: How do I get my teen to talk to me? He just grunts.
- TRUST: My teen blew it and lost my trust. Where do we go from here?
- BULLYING: Help! My teen is being harassed—online or face-to-face.
- DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS: Drugs. Death. Sex. Oh my.
Written in Shipp’s playful but authoritative voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans lays out unflinchingly practical ways to make a difference in a teen’s life. As Shipp reminds us, raising a respectable adult comes down to investing in teens and giving them the boundaries, time, and support they need to thrive.
And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.
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