Academic journal article Family Relations

Your First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents

Academic journal article Family Relations

Your First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents

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Lindsay, J. W. (1998) Your First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents. Buena Park, CA: Morning Glory Press. 212 pages. Paper ISBN 1-885356-33-1, price $12.95.

This easy-to-read reference book includes brief sections on over 150 different topics. The topics range from introducing solid food, to bedtime routines for children, family planning and family agreement on living arrangements for the teen parent.

The cover is bright and eye catching, while the size of the book is one that will fit easily into one hand for easy reading while rocking a baby. Each section includes 4-5 paragraphs for quicker reading or reference. Jeanne Warren Lindsay incorporates teen parent testimonial throughout each section, emphasizing particular points with black and white photos on about every third page.

Although the title indicates a guide for teenage parents, the content relates primarily to the teen mother, with only one chapter devoted primarily to the father. In the chapter for dads, the author addresses concerns such as "if you don't live with the baby," "dealing with the mother's parents," "addressing marriage," and "continuing school. …

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