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Raising teenagers : 52 brilliant ideas for high-performance parenting

Author: Lynn Huggins-Cooper
Publisher: Oxford : Infinite Ideas, 2006.
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If it's hard parenting a teen, it's even harder to be one. This book offers 52 brilliant ideas on how to help your 'baby' metamorphose into the adult he or she wants to be.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Huggins-Cooper
ISBN: 1904902383 9781904902386
OCLC Number: 70229436
Description: xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. All Change! Why do kids change when they hit puberty? (puberty is earlier; long period of artificial dependence; no rite of passage) 2. Stranger than fiction... What is a teenager? How society contributes (intense media and peer pressure; the moral panics about teenagers - seen as threatening; as victims or perpetrators of crime) 3. Too Much Pressure The pressure on families (more single parent households; less extended family support networks) 4. The Sharpest Learning Curve Learning to parent teens: be kind to yourself - you are new at this! 5. Why Are They Weird? How their minds work: (they are developing and learning to apply abstract thinking skills and a more complex level of perspective taking) 6. Parenting the Pod Person Who stole my kid in the night? Your teen is an individual. Remember, they aren't you, and they don't want to be you. 7. Still small voice Listen to your inner teenager - remind yourself of who you were to understand who they are. 8. Learning to Listen Opening channels of communication 9. Because I said so... Arguments - why they happen and de escalation tactics 10. Patience is a virtue... Why are they so irresponsible? (Clue: they're teenagers) 11 he Lump Under the Duvet Are teenagers nocturnal? Why are they awake all night and asleep all day? Surprise - some of that is developmental! 12. The 'Bank of Mum and Dad' Parents as ATMs. How to help them manage money. How much is too much? 13. 'Not while you are under my roof' How to avoid cliches (and turning into your own parents!) 14. Making Time Resources rich but time poor? Are you spoiling your teen to make up for your absence? However busy your life is, your kids are your most important 'achievement'. 15. Freak of the Week? Should you try to influence what they wear? Finding compromises 16. Punk, princess or peculiar? Avoiding confrontation about make up, hair, piercings and tattoos 17. What time do you call this? Nights out - establishing ground rules 18. Just Say No? Dealing with drugs. Drug education - and how not to go off the deep end. 19. The Demon Drink Teaching your teen to drink responsibly. What happens if they drink too much? Help them to avoid the pitfalls 20. Let's Talk About Sex, Baby Opening channels of communication; helping your child - and you - adjust to sexually maturing bodies and feelings. Safe sex and contraception. Getting past your own hang ups. 21. A Fine Romance? Relationships and romance - how not to panic when your teen is 'deeply in love' 22. In With the In Crowd? Friendship groups - helping your teen cope with the ups and downs of being 'in' with the crowd - or 'out' 23. Riding the Storm Coping with 'Bad influences' 24. Rules of the House General ground rules and setting boundaries - what to ignore; not sweating the small things. 25. Crime and Punishment What sanctions are effective? Showing your teen that actions have consequences. 26. What the F**ck?! Swearing and cursing - what is acceptable in your house? 27. Family Values How yours and theirs differ (they are developing and apply new coping skills in areas such as decision-making, problem solving and conflict resolution - and identifying meaningful moral standards, values and belief systems) 28. Give and Take Taking each other for granted (parents and teens): it's mutual! Creating a respectful, loving environment 29. Little Nagging Problems Breaking the nag/sulk cycle. Can Kids Co operate? 30 Positive Parenting: The value of praise 31. School Sucks Problems at school - work, bullying, truancy 32. I Believe in You! Keeping your teen motivated - homework, schoolwork - building self esteem and 33. 'What did your last maid die of?' ground rules for keeping the house tidy - when 'Hurricane Teenager' hits the house 34. Wallowing in the sty The thorny subject of cleaning their room - why should they? 35. 24 Hour Party People Parties - going to them and having them at home. Agreeing some basic rules and coping strategies 36. Growing Pains Coping when they criticise you - your clothes, style, behaviour... 37. Guardians of the Future Coping with their passions (green issues, animal rights etc.) and keeping them safe without putting them down or belittling their beliefs 38. You can't make me Coping with defiance - are you making unrealistic demands? 39. Take it back! When you say something you regret - and you will. 40. Don't Do As I Do... Kids listen to what you do more than what you say - your behaviour 41. Turning a Blind Eye Minor irritations - don't argue about the small things (eating habits, accents etc.) 42. Appearance anxieties Helping them cope with skin problems (from spots to acne) 43. Fast Food and Faddy Diets Encouraging a healthy diet for energy. Developing a healthy body image and avoiding eating disorders 44. And in the Blue Corner... Behaviour towards other siblings - teasing and fighting. What to do when WW3 breaks out in your house. 45. No means No The importance of being consistent in your parenting - now more than ever. Remembering to think before you lay down the law so you don't have to back down. 46. Evil Stepmonster or Big Bad Teen? Parenting teenagers in a remodelled family/being a step parent 47. Don't Crowd Me! Give them room to discover who they are 48. Safe as Houses Keeping them safe - teaching your teen about personal safety 49. Fly Free, My Pretties! Letting go - how to build strong teenagers that can stand on their own, so you can be confident they will survive out in the world at large. 50. Distress or De stress? Stress in teenagers - helping them to cope with adult responsibilities on teenage shoulders 51. Nobody Understands Me Depression in teenagers - when to seek help 52. Waving or Drowning? When you feel as though you can't cope with your teen - where to go for help.
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