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A good word for the disorientation many parents feel during their children's teenage years is "perplexed." In a twist on the title of Maimonides's 12th-century philosophical tome The Guide for the Perplexed, Doades offers a compassionate parenting manual that aims Judaism's messages at the "tumultuous, challenging and chaotic" teen years. "Parenting Jewish teens today is about finding something to hang onto (Judaism works) as you try to hang onto your kids (don't give up, no matter what they look, smell or act like)," she writes. Contemporary society, plagued by a decline in communal connectedness, compounds the hormonal upheaval by providing few consequences for behavior and popularizing a culture that denigrates authority, she says. Judaism's enduring values will not only serve them in good stead, providing tools to evaluate their choices, but will comfort and direct parents in maintaining dignity, sanity and family relationships. In a sympathetic parent-to-parent tone, Doades explores issues of separation, culture, conflict, family relationships, changing parental roles, interfaith dilemmas and special-needs situations, with examples from the Bible and Jewish literature. She urges parents to start Jewish teen parenting groups, and concludes that despite the normal teenage need for separation, parents must echo the Bible's message, Hineini, "Here I am." (Jan.)
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"Eventually, we'll get past their daily tantrums, their exotic grooming, their messy bedrooms and the boy/girlfriends from hell, and watch our teens grow into responsible adulthood. But with Joanne Doades' wisdom, we'll do it with deeper understanding, deeper love and stronger connections. If you have a teen, you need this book."
Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life

"Very impressive ... well-written, informative, relevant to the issues faced by today’s parents, practical, and humorous. Will be … read and re-read by parents as they seek to understand not only the world of their teenagers, but their own feelings and thoughts. Highly recommended."
Dr. Robert Brooks, Harvard Medical School; coauthor, Raising Resilient Children

"Excellent.... There is not another like it."
Dr. Sol Gordon, professor emeritus, Syracuse University; author, Raising a Child Responsibly in a Sexually Permissive World

“Doades is the generous friend we parents all need. She’s been there, she’s survived and she knows how to share her hard-earned wisdom with gentle humor and respect―for us and for our teens.”
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, author, Parenting as a Spiritual Journey: Deepening Ordinary & Extraordinary Events into Sacred Occasions

“Gentle and persuasive guidance for all those who are raising teens.”
Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, coeditor, The Rituals & Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal

“Combines [personal experience] plus a deep love for Judaism. Ultimately, if we want to raise a new generation of Jewish people, we have to help them get through their teenage years and come out whole at the other end. This book will help!”
Shulamit Reinharz, coauthor, The JGirl’s Guide: The Young Jewish Woman’s Handbook for Coming of Age

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580233058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580233057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 22.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Brozoski on November 18, 2006
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Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed by Joanne Doades is a must-read for any parent of teenage children. Ms. Doades shares her experience as a parent of three Jewish teens to help other parents learn from her triumphs and her mistakes. The book is certainly inspirational, encouraging parents to persist in their relationships with their teenage children even in difficult times. In today's society where family relationships are disjointed to say the least, Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed is like a breath of fresh air!
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Teenagers! Can there another demographic group more challenging yet full of promise! JoAnne Doades book on Parenting Jewish Teens offers a realistic approach to raising teens based on years of insight and experience. Her book is a paractical guide filled with great understanding, sensitivity and humor. I particularly like her integration of Jewish primary sources into the discussion If you have Jewish teens, this book is a must!
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I couldn't put this book down. As a Jewish mom of two pre-teens boys, I worry about how I'll handle the teen years. This book gave me some excellent ideas. It also provides the confidence of knowing others have been through these years and made it through.

The stories and examples are funny, heartwarming, and very real.
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