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Raise a Happy Teenager
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Table of Contents

  • : INTRODUCTION
  • : 1. Changes; from child to adolescent
  • : Physical changes
  • : Mental changes
  • : Emotional changes
  • : Social changes
  • : 2. What do teenagers need?
  • : The same as usual - love and attention
  • : A different emphasis - `helpful attention'
  • : 3. Understanding behaviour
  • : Identifying the link between feelings, needs and behaviour
  • : Behaviour, not the teenager, is the problem
  • : Modelling expressing needs
  • : Using `I' language
  • : Understanding your own feelings and behaviour
  • : 4. Communication
  • : Everyday chat leading to important talks
  • : How to get out of unhelpful patterns
  • : 5. Listening and talking, negotiating and compromising
  • : Listening is a key skill
  • : Using tone and attention to talk effectively
  • : Giving choices, hearing requests
  • : 6. Whose problem is this?
  • : Separating out our problems from theirs
  • : Learning how to NOT `fix it'
  • : Giving teenagers responsibility
  • : 7. Points of conflict;
  • : Appearance (clothes, hair, make-up, body piercing)
  • : Manners/respect
  • : Tidiness
  • : Homework
  • : School/truancy
  • : Doing chores
  • : Friends
  • : Food and eating
  • : Time to be home
  • : Use of telephone/internet/TV/games station
  • : Use of car, parents as taxi drivers
  • : Parties and other group activities
  • : Drugs
  • : Sex.
  • : 8. Helping them fly
  • : The Circle of Dependence
  • : Encouraging independence and letting go
  • : Parental fears and anxieties about letting them go
  • : 9. Looking after yourselves
  • : How to be self-aware and look after yourself and each other
  • : 10. Final word - Do as I say, not as I do...
  • : Looking to your own life, to model how you want your teens to behave.
  • : APPENDIX
  • : Further Help - organisations providing help and recommended reading list.

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This book offers all the advice, insight and encouragement you will need to help you support your child through the turbulent teenage years with confidence and love.

About the Author

Suzie Hayman is well known for her work as a Relate-trained counsellor and agony aunt on television and in a variety of different papers and magazines. She is the author of over 24 books and gives advice to hundreds of people through her website www.agony-aunt.com.

Reviews

"Things getting tough between you and your teen? This book deals with conflict resolution, communication and understanding your teen." - The Independent: 'The ten best parenting books'

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