Are you a parent of a tween-soon-to-be-a-teen or have you crossed the teenage threshold? Kate, mum of 3 including a teen, reviews Dr John Sharry’s book “Parenting Teenagers” for us:
About the Book
This bestselling book from leading mental health professional and parenting expert Dr John Sharry has now been updated and expanded. Advocating a balanced approach to parenting, Parenting Teenagers sets out a step-by-step guide that shows you how to stay supportively involved in your teenagers’ lives, while also setting rules and teaching responsibility.
Emphasising a positive approach that builds on your strengths as a parent, this book will not only help you solve discipline problems and reduce conﬂict, but also to have more satisfying and enjoyable relationships with your teenagers.
Drawing on his popular and inﬂ uential columns in the Irish Times, the book now contains an extensive question and answer section addressing the many concerns for parents of teenagers in the modern world, such as study and motivation, technology and cyberbullying, relationships and sexuality, depression and suicide; as well as dealing with drugs and alcohol and many other topics.
About the Author
Dr John Sharry is a mental health professional with over twenty years’ experience, a bestselling author of ten positive psychology and parenting books, developer of the awardwinning Parents Plus Programmes and a weekly health columnist for the Irish Times.
Parenting Teenagers costs €7.99 from bookstores or available online.
Here’s what Kate had to say about the book
Oh how my own teenage years would have been a much smoother journey if my parents had this book to read first!!
The book is a practical ‘toolkit’ that parents of tweens and teens should keep on their bedside table for reminder and review purposes.
The 10 Steps to Positive Parenting in Part 1 of the book make perfect sense to me, though it will take a little practice on my part to incorporate them into situations instead of my usual “fly off the handle” approach.
While Part 2 is a very helpful handbook for dealing with such typical and tough issues as sexuality and dating, technology, friendships and more. I recommend it highly.
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