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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106628X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801066283
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,305,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Parents worry they don't have the understanding or training to be able to care for their kids in a world that is increasingly superficial, politicized, and performance driven. "Disconnected" makes the concepts and strategies described in the bestselling "Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers" accessible to parents. After the overwhelming response to Hurt, authors Chap and Dee Clark here equip parents with an up-to-date, realistic parenting book that doesn't ignore the harsh realities of adolescent life. It builds a foundation for parents by describing exactly how things have changed, takes them through the various developmental stages their children go through, and gives them workable paradigms for parenting.

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It is an obvious fact that parents and children see life differently. Parents and children often assume that the way they view and experience the world is the only way to see and experience the world. This presents a series of relational challenges on its own, but even more important for the parent to consider is that, irregardless of how they see the life and world of their kid, the way the child sees their life and world, in all aspects--relational, social, ethical--is what matters most as they grow up. It is your child's perspective of their own world that ultimately has the greatest influence over them as they grow up. Even in homes where parents work hard to try and understand their children, today's teenagers believe that life is hard, antagonistic, and dismissively impersonal. According to our research, by the time they reach high school, kids feel an almost overwhelming sense of isolation and loneliness. Even the brightest and best kids revealed to our team how damaged they feel under the pressure of what they see as constant evaluation and critique. This feeling fosters a profound insecurity in nearly every adolescent, an inner disquiet that few can verbally pin down but all seem to experience. In order to parent well in today's image- and performance-driven society, where everything from body contour to SAT scores is scrutinized and put down, it is vitally important to recognize that the inside of your adolescent child is a stew of conflicting thoughts and emotions.

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