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Parent In Control: Restore Order in Your Home and Create a Loving Relationship with Your Adolescent by [Bodenhamer, Gregory]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bodenhamer, a former probation officer who is director of the Back in Control Center in Portland, Ore., believes we are confronting "the worst behaved generation of children in American history." For parents who need to retake charge of their children, he suggests a three-point focus based on "rule-based discipline, supervision and emotional attachment." Offering sound, practical advice on dealing with provocative and manipulative verbal challenges raised by teenagers and early adolescents, he presents a convincing case for giving highly detailed "job descriptions" to teens (if McDonald's has a 600-page operations manual for its employees, parents shouldn't shy from explaining precisely how to take out the garbage). Bodenhamer directly faces such incendiary issues as sex, substance abuse and peer pressure (including that from gangs). Frequently, however, he sounds a reactionary note, as when he rails against the American Civil Liberties Union as the nation's "most persistent enemy of adult authority" and cites "an inherited link between impulsive and immature unwed teenager parents and the impulsive and immature children to whom they give birth." While there is valuable help here, much of it sounds like the stuff of talk radio.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Parent in Control is based on a highly successful program that has helped thousands of parents regain control over their out-of-control adolescents - whether they wreak havoc at home, in school, or in the community. Living with willful, aggressive, and seemingly incorrigible adolescent behavior is a nightmare many heartbroken and confused parents were forced to endure - until now. In this straightforward, hard-hitting, yet compassionate book, Gregory Bodenhamer, a nationally renowned expert on childhood behavior problems, shows parents how to combat an arsenal that ranges from blatant verbal challenges to physical violence, without resorting to harsh disciplinary measures, expensive counseling, or hospital-based programs. Bodenhamer, a former juvenile probation officer, draws on over twenty years of experience working with difficult children between the ages of 12 and 17 and their parents to offer techniques that work in as little as a few weeks. He covers a wide range of problems - whether your teen is simply ignoring household rules, or perhaps lying, or stealing - to more harmful problems, such as drug and alcohol abuse or unsafe sexual activities. Using real-life scenarios, complete with actual dialogue, Bodenhamer walks you through potentially explosive situations, points out errors most parents frequently make, and provides tested solutions to averting immediate danger - and preventing it from happening again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00495XWOI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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EXCELLENT! Until my husband & I were given this wonderful book, along with his other book, "BACK IN CONTROL," we had exhausted countless hours in counseling, along with parenting book after book over the years, that didn't help, until Gregory Bodenhamers. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! I have given so MANY copies to other struggling parents of teens, like our son, along with "preaching" his techniques & words of wisdom on a daily basis with other parents I have spoken too. I call them, My Parent Bibles! Personally meeting Mr. Bodenhamer in his "Back In Control" workshops, he has a delightful, unique, & very funny way of bringing his words/skills to other parents, professionals, or anyone who works with troubled/struggling teens. His dedication shows thru & his heart is in the right place! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND his books! They have given us the first sense of HOPE we had desperately needed. My Son has had control of our house for years, but UNTIL I READ THIS BOOK, I NEVER realized, even being a Nurse, HOW CRUCIAL it was to have a set "STRUCTURE," "CLEARLY DEFINED Rules," "CONSISTENT FOLLOW-THRU," & understanding what "MONITORING at the LEVEL OF NEED," means! Nursing school never taught me anything like these insightful books, when it comes to dealing with difficult kids! HOORAY! For Gregory, saving the day, to help us parents find a BETTER way!
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We thought we had done everything we could do to help steer our 14 year old son on track from his social as well as criminal behavior. We attended a court-ordered parenting class, and "Parent In Control" was one of the recommended readings. Thank goodness!!
This book really sees it from the parent's perspective...no glossing it over from a psychiatric point of view, just plain living with a child who refuses to abide by society's rules...household rules...or legal rules.
I only wish I had encountered a book like this when my child was 6.

This book tackles your child's behavior from a no-nonsense approach in all areas: school, legal system, home, society. Don't miss it!!
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I have read over a dozen parenting books and this is by far the best. In fact, I was so engrossed in this book that I read it straight through in one sitting. The book is very straight forward, the message and method is easy to follow and, best of all, it works and is applicable to boys and girls. When I finished reading the book I sat down and talked with my teens about the main concepts of the Back in Control program. They expressed relief that "I" (as the parent) was back in control. Again, great book!
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Practical no-nonsense guide to help parents with problems such as truancy, running away, violence, problems with school performance and behaviors. I am a psychologist that runs a parent program for the juvenile court. I have found this the most useful book and guidelines available. It does take work on the parent's part. The parent must stick with it and be consistent. The results are worth it!
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We got this book because of problems with our 15 year old son. We started seeing results immediately. Mr. Bodenhamer's techniques are practical. They are easy to use, although I have to say that it does take a great deal of self-control on the parents' parts to maintain the level of consistency. But it's worth it!
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Living in colorado, the columbine incidient impacted us greatly. This book offers real, common sense help in dealing with all teens. I have put its principles in action with my teen, who is not beligerent, just typical, and they worked wonderfully. I had trouble with my older teen girls, the therapist thought they need more freedom, stating that I was too restrictive. That was lethal,it gave them more license to mishave. Here is an approach that finally makes real sense and gives the parent permission to be the adult.
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This book tells it like it is and makes so much sense that it surprising we don't already know it instinctively. Any parent who has a child who is failing, manipulative, lazy, irresponsible and with a million excuses needs to put the control back where it belongs so needs this book badly. I highly recommend it.
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This book was very helpful not just for parents of juvenile delinquents for all parents. It stresses how fast a child can go from displaying good value learned from their family to becoming completely out of control. It helped with facilitating productive conversation with your teen while avoiding arguments. There were different scenarios depending on how your teen responds to you. They worked! I tried them on my kids. They seemed so simple too. I didn't think they would be effective.
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