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Monday, August 8, 2011

What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! Book Review and Giveaway

The winner is MELISSA B! 
email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

Part of FAMILY FUN is preparing for the more trying times of parenting!  You can enjoy your family more if you have the tools to deal with your children when things get a little rough or testy.

What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters Ages 11-19 (Sourcebooks; TP $14.99; August 2011) by Arden Greenspan-Goldberg.

A calm, collected voice of reason, Arden's message is: "I'm in your corner. I know you can do this. Moms are their daughters' secret weapons and their very best defense."

Arden is a nationally recognized family and marriage psychotherapist who has specialized in teen issues for more than 30 years, encouraging mothers of teenage daughters. Based on her renowned clinical practice, as well as her own personal experiences parenting her now-grown daughter, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is the ultimate preparation manual and survival guide for mothers of tweens and teens.

Packed with tips, expert interviews, real-life vignettes, and helpful conversation starters, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! preps moms in advance for the issues they'll face, from the familiar teen problems-sex, drugs, and alcohol use-to newer territory-cyberbullying, sexting, and internet pornography.

Arden's unique philosophy of "Aerial Parenting" empowers moms to respond rather than react. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, she argues against curfews and punishments, and instead tells us to expect our daughters to make mistakes and enlist them in creating their own solutions to their problems. With Arden and her essential and accessible primer at their side, moms can not only survive, but actually thrive during the teenage years.

A nationally featured expert on The View, MSNBC, and CNBC among others, Arden  has a complete website of information and videos at http://www.askarden.com/

Here are some ideas you will find in this book regarding internet safety:

All Ages

• Keep computers out of kids’ rooms: A computer of her own is a privilege earned after years of responsible, supervised usage, so put it off until she enters college.

• Instead, keep the computer in a common area where everyone in the family can access it. This will foster a more open atmosphere and make teens think twice about what they’re doing online.

• Everyone needs to limit their computer time, even adults. The hours can pass quicker than you think when you’re online, which has the potential to distract from more important pursuits and foster a sedentary and isolated lifestyle. Determine clear time limits and stick to them.

Eleven- to Fourteen-year-olds

• Install software that blocks inappropriate sites: This age group doesn’t need to be over-stimulated, nor do you need to be looking over her shoulder all the time. Explain to your daughter why you are doing this, and talk to her about predators and bullies on the Internet.

Fifteen- to Nineteen-year-olds

• Give consistent reminders about Internet safety: Though this group may have ample experience on the Internet they should be reminded of its hazards, particularly about being mindful of what they post, both in pictures and text.

• Emphasize that words in print can have a powerful impact. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t post it.

• At eighteen, she’ll likely be leaving for college where she’ll have 24-7 access to a computer. If you’ve helped her establish good habits and explained the reasons behind them, this transition is bound to be much easier for her.

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Anonymous said...

We have two girls in this category! Adopting my girls in mid 30's, sometimes I feel so out of touch with this age. I would LOVE to have some professional guidance on how to deal with these issues.

Anonymous said...

How Do we get a copy? I have a 13 yr old girl and really in need of this book!!!!

C Young

Louisville Family Fun said...

"C Young" We will enter you in the drawing!!

Ellie said...

i know we are a long ways away from this point but it never hurts to have this resource around, ready and waiting.

Susanne B said...

sounds like a great tool to use in raising our daughters :O)

Andrea said...

Have a 15 year old at home... Help! :)

Caitlin said...

my mom could really use this book for my younger sister.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book in helping me with my job and in raising my daughter:)

Robyn S.

Anonymous said...

I have an 11 year old girl who is 5'7" and looks 18! I need all the help I can get!