Academic journal article Family Relations

Teenage Couples: Coping with Reality. Dealing with Money, In-Laws, Babies, and Other Details of Daily Life

Academic journal article Family Relations

Teenage Couples: Coping with Reality. Dealing with Money, In-Laws, Babies, and Other Details of Daily Life

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Lindsay, Jeanne Warren. (1995). Teenage Couples: Coping With Reality. Dealing With Money, InLaws, Babies and Other Details of Daily Life. Buena Park, CA: Morning Glory Press. 190 pp. Paper ISBN 0-930934-86-5, price $9.95. Similar to Lindsay's companion book, Teenage Couples: Caring, Commitment and Change (reviewed above), this book addresses many key issues of daily life that are of concern not only to teenageers but also to older adults. Her approach of writing specifically for teens by treating them as capable adults is refreshing.

This book is a practical, how-to guide to managing the realities of living such as paying bills; developing a workable budget; living with in-laws; deciding how to share home work roles; finding a job and the child care that makes working possible; communicating about sexual needs, especially after pregnancy and childbirth; and making decisions about the future (e.g., pregnancy, education). Lindsay, true to her style, tackles tough issues that many people would rather avoid but which are critical to teenage couples because of their youth.

Reading this book could help prepare young people for the realities of couplehood. …

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