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When Your Teen Is Struggling: Real Hope and Practical Help for Parents Today Paperback – January 1, 2007
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About the Author
Mark Gregston is the founder and executive director of Heartlight, a residential counseling facility for adolescents in crisis. He is a popular radio host of Parenting Todays Teen and speaker and leads parenting seminars across the country. He and his wife, Jan, have served families and counseled youth for more than 40 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book addresses many of the causes of an out-of-control adolescent. While some causes may be attributed to culture, a lot of it is the direct result from the parenting that was done for these kids. The book does offer great insight as to how you got into the situation you are in and it offers some suggestion as to how to reverse the spin. None of it is presented as easy to do. The fact is that most parents don't plan for problems in parenting. When they arise, it's often late it in the game to correct the matter.
As I read it, I am thinking of how to implement the required changes. I am in a difficult position because I co-parent with an ex-husband who berates and belittles me to my children, thereby diminishing my authority. I wish that I could get a one-on-one with Gregston for some coaching. For now, I will work on some of the ideas from the book with my own therapist.
Mark's straightforward approach makes it easy to understand and apply concepts immediately. One issue we have had was to try to control our daughter instead of slowly relinquish control. We still have many mistakes to make and many lessons to learn, but I feel with this book we aren't blindly stumbling and have a sense of direction for us to guide our daughters.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you should read "When Your Teen is Struggling." So much is covered about the struggles teens go through at some point while growing up that you will most likely see an example of your teen somewhere in the book. Teens struggle with so many different issues while growing up that it is sometimes very difficult as a parent to know quite what to do. Mark Gregston wants to help struggling parents and teens.
Mark Gregston is the founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling facility for adolescents with difficulties. He and his wife, Jan, have advised youth for more than 30 years, and have put their experiences and knowledge together to help the rest of us when we try to help our own struggling teen. Even if you feel your teen is not struggling, I believe there is knowledge to be gained by reading Gregston's experiences. Gregston's advice is practical, consistent and solid. It is full of hope and done in a loving yet firm manner. Through the years, Gregston has tried some things that have worked and some that have not, and he shares these encounters so we might learn from his trials and errors.
If you have a teen of your own or work with teens, I highly recommend Mark Gregston's book on the struggles of teens. You will be a more informed and knowledgeable advisor for your teen when he needs your help the most, even though he may not realize it or acknowledge your invaluable intervention, if done properly. Growing up can be difficult, and knowing what works and what does not can be a lifesaver for your young adult. I encourage you to read "When Your Teen is Struggling."
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