Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Helpful Guide for the Parents of Today's Teens

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Helpful Guide for the Parents of Today's Teens

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A helpful guide for the parents of today's teens

Being the parent of a teenager these days can be challenging. In your teen years, sex, drinking and drugs were issues you faced firsthand. But it's doubtful that you dealt with computers, cell phones, texting and sexting, cyber-bullying, Facebook and other social networking sites.

For parents who did not experience these technologies as teens, this is a whole new frontier. And it comes with scary emotional and legal consequences.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens, a new book by social worker and parenting expert Joani Geltman, can be of enormous help. It deals with a wide range of issues such as: how to get your teen up in the morning, why boys don't talk, what to do about the friend you wish your teen didn't have, the drama of exams, teaching safe social networking practices, cellphone use and abuse, the teen who talks back, and how to deal with an unhealthy smartphone habit.

"Here's the problem." "Why it's a problem." "Here's the solution." In a nutshell, that's how Geltman tackles 80 all-too-familiar topics. With honesty and humor, she helps parents understand why teens do what they do, what they are thinking and feeling and what developmental factors are involved. …

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