“What can I do to get him out of his shell?”
“If only she would spend half the time she does on boys and dressing up, on her studies!”
“Why does every conversation between us turn into an explosive nightmare?”
These are just some of the questions I hear exasperated parents of teens I work with, battling day in and day out. Parenting dilemmas can leave parents feeling guilty and dis-empowered, as they wade through these turbulent seas, trying a hit and miss strategy of sometimes firmness, sometimes confrontation, sometimes giving in; and at other times, simply giving up!
As hard as it may be to believe, these tussles impact teens too. Behind the high walls and “I don’t care”s, we often find a teen who is feeling misunderstood and helpless too- “Nothing I do is good enough for them”.
Parenting teenagers is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges facing parents today, as we live in what Faber & Mazlish aptly describe as a “meaner, ruder, cruder, more materialistic, more sexualized, more violent than ever before” world.
So how do we end these endless tugs of war and screaming marathons and begin to evolve healthier patters and ways of being with our teenagers? Faber & Mazlish’s book tells you just how. Packed with true stories, typical scenarios, instructive comic strips, and reminder pages that highlight the ideas in each chapter, ‘How To Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk’ demonstrates the communication skills that will give parents the know-how they need to enjoy a mutually respectful relationship with their teenage son or daughter. What’s more, all of their strategies are non-preachy and very do-able. Get yourself a copy today. Easily available online and in bookstores.