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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens

Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out
Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Turn back the clocks! Your sweet child has morphed into a teen. And it's no longer just a messy bedroom or an attitude with a capital "A" causing concern. There's a whole new range of issues on the horizon. What if your daughter texts a naked picture to a "boyfriend" ...which he then forwards to the entire class? What if your son becomes increasingly withdrawn...Or your child is being bullied online? Would you know what to do? You could read a whole book on teen psychology - but who has the time! As a parent, what you need most is quick and candid advice for dealing with the issue at hand. After all, if you say the right thing you will open up the lines of communication, but say the wrong thing ...and watch out.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens is the solution. Covering a broad range of issues from the terrifying (sex, drinking, drugs, depression) to the frustrating (defiance, laziness, conformity, entitlement), parenting expert Joani Geltman approaches each of the 80 topics with honesty and a dash of humor. Want to understand why teens do what they do? Joani reveals what they are thinking and feeling - and what developmental factors are involved. She then explains how to approach each problem in a way that lets your kid know you "get it" and leads to truly productive conversations. From lying to sexting to falling grades, the teenage years can be an uphill battle. Here is the no-nonsense guide you need to get your teen talking, listening, and back on track.

©2014 Joani Geltman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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What every parent or carer of a teenager needs

What did you like most about A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens?

Practical, practical, practical (read too many theoretical books). This book just hits all the right spots and the humour helps too. Opened my eyes. I have 4 children - 2 are already teenagers and one is just out of it. The information is relevant for parents who have children living with them of any age. Providing young people with strageies to get out of their mess is superb advice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens?

Teaching adults how to desensitize themselves from using rude expressions, LOL. Needed for straight talking to your teens. Joani tells you to go into your bathroom and say the word out loud 100 times!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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I am recommending it to other parents and carers because its the real deal.

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  • Jamie Fairchild
  • 21-02-15

This book is a lifesaver

This book exceeded my expectations. It has already helped me so much in dealing with my surly teen. Now that I have listened to the entire book, I'm going to go back and re-listen to each chapter one by one, and have the talks specifically as they are suggested. My teen has responded positively to me when I have used Joani's techniques. I will be recommending this book to everyone!

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  • Bakins
  • 11-08-15

Great book for things you haven't realized, yet...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend this book to parents. The scenarios presented are real and dealt with in a great way; disarming the teen, defusing the situation, and making it possible to actually communicate with the aliens living in your kids body. If you've listened to or read other parenting books, some of this will be familiar. There are a lot of stories to share with your kids to start discussions and point out errors in judgement that others have made, and the consequences from those actions. I loved this book and will refer back to it until our alien becomes a human again! ;)

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P.S. The narrator was great.

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  • MISTAKEN
  • 28-01-16

amazing

I was amazed how helpful this book was I am going to reread this again there was so much helpful information in it there's no way to absorb it all in just one sitting

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  • Nasrin Ronay
  • 05-08-15

Must have for every parents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book, answers every question you ever have. Also nice that you can use it as reference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

Every Question Answered

Great solutions for every teen topic you come across. This book also brought up many topics and scenarios I have not thought about my teen doing but defiantly a good heads up. I have listened to many audio Teen books and one is my favorite so far! Great solutions on ways to communicate with your teens and let them know how you relate so they will actually listen to you in the future. Highly recommend!

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  • nakia wide
  • 03-05-19

Highly Recommend

This is an excellent guide for parents of teens. She discusses the stuff you are afraid to confront and then guides you on how to do so. Thank you so much!

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  • Bizzie
  • 06-08-16

A must read!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. it gave me a great perspective and real world tools to help my son and myself navigate through life. highly recommended!

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  • Cynthia C. Stellar
  • 03-10-15

PARENT ALERT!!

This is a "must listen to" for all parents. Well written and well narrated. While some of the author's solutions did not appeal to me, the range of issues presented was vast and the content surrounding the issues was precise and well-edited.

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  • MBroitt
  • 22-09-19

useful

I found the book very useful and practical. Unfortunately the advice concerning the use of smart phones is already outdated

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  • K Blair
  • 25-03-19

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Great content, very applicable to current parents. I whish the chapters were labeled with their content.