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But I'm Almost 13!: Raising a Responsible Adolescent Paperback – 1 Sep 2001


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809297175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809297177
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,957,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An action plan for parents about to enter the teen zone

The overwhelming majority of adolescent health problems today result not from physical disease but from worrisome behaviors, such as reckless driving and drug use, or emotional problems, such as anxiety or depression. The good news is that if parents take action early, before teen rebellion kicks in, most of these problems are preventable. In But I'm Almost 13!, one of the nation's foremost specialists in adolescent medicine offers a series of step-by-step strategies for behavioral change that can lower risk factors and build positive skills. Dr. Ginsburg explains why it's important to know how young people think and to build on their strengths.

This invaluable book will equip you with the skills to:

  • Make kids aware of problems and consider consequences
  • Motivate changes in behavior
  • Help kids cope with peer pressure and stress
  • Discipline by guiding rather than punishing
  • See beyond negative teen stereotypes
  • Safely increase your child's independence
  • Strengthen the parent-child connection through positive attention
  • And much more!

Also included are sample scripts, real-life stories, and specific exercises to help you successfully prepare for the challenging adolescent years by becoming a supportive, proactive parent now. Because no matter how much your child tells you he or she is ready to grow up, you are still the most important person in your child's life.

About the Author

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed., is board certified in adolescent medicine. He practices at the acclaimed Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the on-screen expert in a bestselling video series shown to teens in schools throughout North America. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Martha M. Jablow has written extensively on parenting as the author or coauthor of six books and numerous articles. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Every parent of a preadolescent child should read this!!! 30 Sept. 2001
By Kathleen R. Frame - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. Currently, I am a School Nurse in an upper elementary school where I care for 1100 5th and 6th grade students. I am writing a review of Dr. Ginsburg's book in our school newspaper and will encourage every parent to purchase this excellent book. Dr. Ginsburg's book is filled with practical tips to help the preadolescent navigate throughout the potentially perilous teenage years. The book teaches skills that parents can utilize in order to help their preteens gain strategies which will ultimately (hopefully) keep them safe and drug free, yet prepare them for the eventual separation that occurs as children grow into adults. Real life examples from an expert in the field of adolescent medicine suggest specific actions that parents can take in order to help their childen. This is, without a doubt, the most helpful, insightful parenting book that I have read. It is a "must" read for everyone with preteens!!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Parent's Handbook of Understanding... 9 May 2002
By Tracy Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a school counselor and a parent of an "almost 13!" year old, I have read virtually every books written about raising children, but few offer the step by step guidance and support that, "But I'm Almost 13!" offers. This is a book you will read several times, and highlighted and dogeared it should remain at your fingertips as a reference tool before and during the adolescent years. While driving home the point that parenting cannot begin when your child reaches pre-adolescence, Ginsburg helps us to see the importance of the parent-child relationship. He points out that it is only by understanding how children think that we can understand their behaviors and effect positive change. This book gives parents the knowledge and tools necessary to be prepared for their child's adolescence and the confidence to meet this challenging time with joy, optimism and pride.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Developmentally on target, prevention at it's finest 30 Oct. 2001
By "spottswood" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"But I'm Almost 13!" is a marvelous, logical, and compassionate flow of expertise for parents who are about to dance the dance of adolescence. Theory is delicately woven into a masterplan for parental and pre-adolescent growth. Achieving an understanding of the "vital ingredients" and mastering the techniques of "choreographed discussions", "modeling", and "decision trees", parents will greatly reduce universal worries and agony often experienced during these challenging times. All who read, apply, reread, and reapply, will happily achieve Dr. Ginsburg's "cognitive Ah-Ha" discovering a higher degree of parental self-efficacy while enhancing their preteens and teens ability to successfully churn through the abstract mazes ahead. Having parented two adolescents, and provided parent training for many so desperately searching for guidance, this invaluable resource offers the insights, skills and reassurance we all seek. The trick is to apply it early and often. Enjoy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
At last! 10 Sept. 2003
By Linda Barratt Saad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I write as a mother of four children which includes a twelve year old and two thirteen year olds, as a pediatric nurse and educator. Dr. Ginsburg book is a breath of fresh air! I have a library of adolescent parenting books searching for the tools to ease the road to raising responsible teenagers. "But I'm almost 13" is the solution- it provides a concise, logically formatted plan that allows for easy reference and utilisation. At last!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
But I'm almost 12 19 May 2006
By James O. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the most inciteful, knowledgeable book on the raising of adolescents that I have read. My colleagues who are Family Physicians, Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses all share in my opinion of this book. I recently attended a meeting where I had the pleasure of hearing the author Ken Ginsburg speak. Incredible book about a most dynamic part of society
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