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The Sacred Flight of the Teenager: A Parent's Guide to Stepping Back and Letting Go Paperback – April 1, 2004
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The teenage years are often as painful for parents as for teens. Rather than trying to avoid that inevitable pain, this book advises parents to totally embrace the transformation that is occurring. Kuczmarski offers plenty of witty and concise insights and explanations to help a parent get through the tough times. For example, she points out that the argumentative teen may be only trying to get a grip on abstract thinking, so instead of resisting and resenting arguments, try setting up debates or creating a think tank. Pointers on knowing when to get involved and when to step back and reminders for parents to respond with kindness rather than defensiveness are among the book's other contributions. Many parents will also be grateful for the eye-opening Primer on Drugs. Apt suggestions for helping teens to recognize and dialogue with their inner judges and using affirmations to identify the buried treasure of their strengths and talents serve to honor the enormous potential and idealism of youth. There's much more, but perhaps the best advice of all is to laugh regularly and to have some type of practice or discipline to help you stay balanced. Recently awarded The National Parenting Center's prestigious Seal of Approval, this book holds out a kind and compassionate helping hand to parent and teen alike. --NAPRA Review
One of the toughest aspects of parenting teenagers is addressed by Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski in "The Sacred Flight of the Teenager." Beyond the day-to-day trenches, Kuczmarski helps the reader think through the transitions from teen to adult and addresses parents' own necessary transitions as well. In a series of forty personal essays, the author organizes her writing under the topics: Letting Go, Keeping in Touch, Exploring, Acquiring Skills, and Connecting. The author's experiences help parents think about the other end of parenting---the time to set young adults free: "Your role is clear: Guard your teen from harm, foul play, and injury. Go to bat for a teen to prevent abuse, maltreatment, and crippling damage, when your teen is in real danger. But let teens go to bat for themselves when they are not in imminent danger." --ForeWord Magazine
About the Author
Over the last thirty years, she has conducted lectures, workshops, and seminars on teens, family togetherness, and learning leadership. She is a frequent radio and television guest, holds two additional master's degrees from Columbia University, and has been listed in "Who s Who in the World" for twelve years. She was recently selected for inclusion in "Outstanding People of the 21st Century," "500 Leaders of World Influence," and "2000 Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century."
Dr. Kuczmarski has taught at seven universities, worked in three non-profit educational organizations, including the United Nations, and co-founded an innovation consulting firm, Kuczmarski & Associates, in Chicago. She is the author of three additional books: Values-Based Leadership, The Family Bond: Inspiring Tips for Creating a Closer Family, and Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership (Kaplan Publishing, Summer 2007). Both parenting books received the prestigious Seal of Approval award from the National Parenting Center.
She serves as a Family and Teen Expert for www.clubmom.com. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of www.leanforwardmedia.com and www.choosemovie.com. During the course of a career spanning almost three decades, she has given presentations to teachers, parents, teens, and social service agencies, as well as corporate and civic groups.
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One of the experts who reviewed this book said that she "wished she had had it when raising their children." I can't do better than that, but I can second the statement.
working together to survive adolescence.
The book is divided into the follow categories and sub-categories:
Part 1--Letting Go: The Sacred Step; Pain; The Art of Argument; Tai Chi; On Stepping in and Stepping Back; A Feast of Laughter; Superteen Takes Flight; and Turtle Medicine.
Part 2--Keeping in Touch: The Wisdom of Goats; Values; Changing Values; Hello in There; Tips for Talking to Teens; Letting Feelings Out; The Judge and the Detective; and Buried Treasure.
Part 3--Exploring: Surfing Life; Rude and Cantankerous; Fending for Themselves; Gunny Sacks; Freedom; Nourishing Mistakes and Hard-Won Lessons; Primer on Drugs; and Ground Rules.
Part 4--Acquiring Skills: A Boat on the Water; Maneuvering in the Adult World; Behind the Wheel; Work Discoveries; The Spirit of Giving; Relationships; Singing Heart--First Love, Passion, and Sex; and Looking Ahead Together.
Part 5--Connecting: Witches, Aunties, and Guides; Play and Nourishment; Creating Families of Their Own; Becoming a Group Member; Learning Leadership; Beach Glass and Exploring; Mental Shift; and Self-Acceptance.
I have always been a big believer that it is my job, as a parent, to help my children develop strong morals and values that they can take with them when it's time to go out on their own. Dr.Read more ›