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Teenagers! [Kindle Edition]

Rob Parsons
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'In the battlefield that is the parenthood of teenagers, this book is not just wonderfully enlightening, but strangely comforting.'

(Prima magazine )

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Rob Parsons is one of Hodder's best-selling authors, who always attracts excellent publicity

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
How reasuring to know that you are not alone. I am sure that all parents will be able to relate to at least one of the stories in this book. Rob has such an easy manner to help the reader become comfortable to look at their relationships with their children and how to address some of the issues calmly and sensibly. My favourite quote is "Don't take all the credit; don't take all the blame" hopefully by remembering this I can manouvre through the teenage years with my daughter relatively unscathed!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Reassuring! 7 Jun 2007
To any parents who are struggling through the teenager years - grab this book now! Having read all the Parsons books, I knew it would be good but this one is probably going to top the list with parents. Having emerged slightly the worse for wear from this stage of parenting myself, I appreciated the opening message "It's Normal!" and the theme of reassurance for both parent and teenager that runs through the book. The fascinating statistics are well researched and the explanation of how brain development affects teenage behaviour is particularly interesting. Stressed parents everywhere will appreciate the keys for dealing with the really testing teenager and identify with the stories of those going through so many of the same situations as themselves.

This book is informative, helpful and encouraging - yet another success for Rob Parsons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Parsons scores again! 25 May 2007
This is probably Rob's most specific book yet, even more so than The Money Secret and Heart of Success. True, there's the expected number of stories, but in the middle chapters - dealing with the big issues that affect teens and stress out parents - Rob includes an impressive amount of stats to back up the main thrust of the book.

And what is the main thrust of the book? Well, I was quite surprised. If I was asked to sum it up, I'd say: Being a parent of a teenager may be tough, but being a teenager is tough too, and like it or not, you've somehow got to help your kids get through the teenage years and out the other side. And the good news is that you can!

On the whole, Teenagers! What Every Parent Has to Know is incredibly positive. It doesn't shirk from the big issues - the prevalence of drugs, the ubiquity of sex, the dangers of the internet - but it doesn't leave you feeling like everything's hopeless. Most of all, it doesn't demonise teenagers, and it doesn't give parents a huge list of things they have to do. The suggestions Rob does give are sensible and most of all doable.

The section where Rob talks about the physical development of a teenager's brain, and why those changes will affect their social and communication skills will be an immense comfort to parents of sullen and sulky teens everywhere. And, while he does explain some of the dangers lurking out there for teenagers, Rob doesn't play on parents' fears by hyping up the scary side of growing up.

In conclusion, Teenagers! What Every Parent Has to Know is very even-handed - it treated teenagers with respect, and gives parents a fighting chance of surviving the teenage years.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it before they get there! 7 Jun 2007
Thank you Rob Parsons! I'm so glad to read this now - before my children have quite 'got there'. There's a wealth of advice on scary areas like bullying, sex and drugs - with practical suggestions of ways to communicate better and even steps to take if your child is taking drugs. Invaluable insight is given about the internet, an area where my children will always know more than me.

I loved the practical tips and helpful theme running through the book that we are not alone in feeling failures as parents. 'Just get them through'! Read it for the first time before your child is 10.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3 Monkeys 18 Nov 2007
I do not normally read books all the way through but I was glued to every page of this book.The humorous, sympathetic and insightful way in which this book was written book made me laugh,cry and feel empowered as a parent aswell as giving me so much more empathy for my teenager.My one negative comment about the book would be this - since trying to apply the priciples in the book my teenager has started actually telling me about what goes on in 'her world'. Sometimes I wish she wouldn't!!!! So if you enjoy being one of the three monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil )then maybe this book is not for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For 21st Century Parents and beyond... 4 Jun 2007
I wish this book had been around when we were negotiating the white water rafting phase of parenting - the teenage years.

Rob's book is great in that it does two key things:

1)It touches on the enduring and foundational aspects of maintaining and building on the relationship between parent and child. It helps nourish and builds positively on the desire of every parent to have a relationship of mutual love and respect with their kids, which will last a lifetime.

2)It helps parents to consider and work out strategies to deal with the scary scenarios which the internet, bullying, sex etc pose. When we find ourselves plunged into these issues with only the background of being a teenager from a different generation to help us, it's so easy to flounder. But here the lid is lifted off the issues we face and gentle but wise advice is offered in developing good strategies as a parent.

The conversational style is really easy to read and once you start you'll find it hard to put down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book and a must read for parents with teenagers
An excellent book and a must read for parents with teenagers.
Rob Parson's approach and understanding to this sensitive stage of a child's life is real, honest, eye opening... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. A. Hurl
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any parents of pre-teens!
Anyone with a child on the verge of the dreaded teenage years should be read this book. I has helped me cope with my son's mood swings now that I know he can't help it although I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by June Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Absolute must read...definitely helping me...and you don't feel alone going through yet another stage of parenting...definitely harder than work but definitely mire rewarding :)
Published 8 months ago by Miss ST Hawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have bought this as a gift, as recommended by someone who has read it and raves about it. Service was excellent, but sadly no book review as haven't read it.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. T. A. Tasker
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to help with moody 14 year old!
Good book helps to keep you sane! Good tips for drawing them out there room!! Would recommend to a freind!
Published 9 months ago by Sarah Moorhead
4.0 out of 5 stars A survival guide
I read this book when my son was 17. If I had read this book earlier I would have been better prepared and stayed in peace instead of going to pieces.
Published 9 months ago by dhj
5.0 out of 5 stars Good common sense
Reassuring, based on experience and full of sensible advice, this book is ideal for those of us steering kids through those tricky teenage years.
Published 10 months ago by M F
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the 'idea' of this.
The book said all the right things. My pre-teen daughter doesn't hate me apparently. She is practicing on me and is growing up naturally. This much I probably believe. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms D. Clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
This book covered most issues faced when parenting teenagers. I have twin boys (14) and have learnt to pick my battles- reducing my stress and anxiety. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PaulaJBW
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice
Excellent book which allows me to take chill pill and realise there is light at the end of the tunnel and even some light along the way too
Published 13 months ago by Ruth Price
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