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Author: Myrna Beth Haskell
Publisher: Unlimited Publishing
It's tough being a parent. It was just as hard 50 years ago as it is now and as it will be in the future. The teenage stage is probably the worst. Parents feel as though their teenagers have lost their minds. On the other hand, teenagers feel their parents are old and don't understand them. The irony of it all is, that parents were once teenagers and can relate. Someday, these same teenagers will become parents, and the cycle becomes never ending.
To my knowledge, there has never been a guide book or step-by-step reference manual for parenting. When a child becomes a teen, we all know it is a difficult stage. Parents and teens often times need some assistance or advice on how to muddle through trying times. Haskell has provided excellent tips and resources that can help parents better understand the various stages of a teenager and how to deal with the pain and anxiety that comes with raising one.
Haskell has 30 chapters cleverly titled for quick reference if parents are looking for specific help. One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 3: Texting Madness. We can all relate to this, parent or not, because now we see a plethora of teens who always seem to have their noses buried in a phone and their fingers wiggling about a tiny keyboard. Haskell shares a study by the CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunication Industry, and their reporting that, “America is in the midst of text messaging mania.” CTIA studies show that in 2007 over 362 billion text messages were reported. Haskell provides texting safety tips and helpful website links recommended by law enforcement to help protect teens from cyber bullies, child predators or other unauthorized contacts.
In view of recent events when teenagers and parents stop communicating and a troubled teen fires a gun into a crowd, one sign to look for is, The Lockout. Chapter 10 takes a look at teens wanting privacy and locking the door to their rooms. Haskell discusses how parents can be more apart of their teens life. Parents can volunteer for school activities and dances. Meeting a teens friends and interacting with them, will give parents a better idea of the crowd their teen is involved with. According to Haskell, “Although your teen doesn't seem to want you around, your mere presence at school functions, sporting events, and concerts is extremely important. If you're taking on a more involved role and stepping up to help, she really does appreciate that you care enough to take the time to do so.”
Haskell has developed a
keen insight, being a parent herself, on what information wold most
help parents who need it. Expert opinions and advice are presented
along with “Tips and Tales” from parents who share their personal
experiences in regards to handling their teens pertaining to the
topics listed in the chapters. There is a lot of useful information
that Haskell shares and offers her own humorous insight on what it's
like to raise a teen.