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The challenge of successfully ushering children through their teen years has always been among parents' hardest-won achievements. But in today's society, where children seem to become adults overnight, and where they often make decisions about drugs, sexuality, and violence before they understand the consequences, a parent's job is more important than ever. So how can you ensure that your teens develop the skills and character they need to not only survive but to thrive as they gain independence?
Michael H. Popkin, Phd, is the author of over twenty books and videos on parenting, including Taming the Spirited Child and Active Parenting Now. A frequent media guest, he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel, PBS, CNN, and many others. He lives with his wife and teenage son in Atlanta and misses his daughter, who is in college.
Table of Contents
|The Active Parent||p. 1|
|Another Tough Century for Teenagers||p. 1|
|The Tasks of Adolescence||p. 5|
|The Purpose of Parenting||p. 9|
|What Qualities of Character Are Important for Teens to Develop?||p. 11|
|What Skills Will Teens Need for the 21st-century Workplace?||p. 14|
|Styles of Parenting||p. 15|
|Why Reward and Punishment often Backfire||p. 20|
|Control versus Influence||p. 22|
|Your Parent-Teen Relationship: Build It and They Will Come||p. 23|
|Mutual Respect||p. 24|
|The Method of Choice||p. 25|
|Ethnic Identity Development||p. 27|
|Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Storms at Sea||p. 29|
|Family Enrichment Activity: Taking Time for Fun||p. 31|
|Family Meeting: Choosing a Fun Family Activity||p. 32|
|Home Activities||p. 33|
|Chapter 1 Guide Sheets||p. 34|
|Winning Communication||p. 39|
|The Gift of Problems||p. 41|
|Who Owns the Problem?||p. 42|
|Communication: The Road to Cooperation||p. 45|
|Mixed Messages||p. 46|
|Avoiding Communication Blocks||p. 47|
|The Heartbreak of Discouragement||p. 50|
|Active Communication||p. 51|
|The ˘Palms Up÷ Technique||p. 55|
|Putting Active Communication to Work||p. 58|
|Family Meeting: Getting to Know Your Teen Better||p. 59|
|Family Enrichment Activity: Letter of Encouragement||p. 60|
|Home Activities||p. 63|
|Chapter 2 Guide Sheets||p. 64|
|Responsibility and Discipline||p. 72|
|What Is Responsibility?||p. 73|
|Effective Discipline and the Problem-Handling Model||p. 77|
|Basic Discipline Methods||p. 80|
|Advanced Discipline Methods||p. 85|
|The FLAC Method||p. 94|
|Family Meeting: Problem Solving Using the FLAC Method||p. 96|
|Parenting and Anger||p. 99|
|Family Enrichment Activity: Positive ÷I÷ Messages||p. 103|
|Home Activities||p. 105|
|Chapter 3 Guide Sheets106|
|Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior||p. 110|
|Courage: One from the Heart||p. 111|
|Self-Esteem: One from the Mind||p. 112|
|The Thinlc-Feel-Do Cycle||p. 114|
|Four Ways We Sometimes Discourage||p. 119|
|Turning Discouragement into Encouragement||p. 122|
|Self-Esteem, Courage, and Body Image||p. 131|
|Understanding Teen Behavior: Purpose, not Cause||p. 132|
|Five Goals of Teen Behavior||p. 133|
|Positive and Negative Approaches to the Five Goals||p. 136|
|How to Determine a Teen's Goal||p. 137|
|Redirecting Your Teen's Behavior||p. 138|
|Family Meeting: Problem-Prevention Talks||p. 150|
|Family Enrichment Activity: Teaching Skills||p. 153|
|Home Activities||p. 155|
|Chapter 4 Guide Sheets||p. 156|
|Drugs, Sexuality and Violence: Reducing the Risks, Part 1||p. 162|
|Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: The Think-Feel-Do Cycle||p. 164|
|Ten Strategies to Prevent High-Risk Behavior||p. 169|
|Model and teach positive values and choices||p. 170|
|Educate teens about the risks||p. 175|
|Filter OUT negative influences and IN positive ones||p. 180|
|Establish clear guidelines for behavior||p. 186|
|Establishing a No-Use Rule||p. 188|
|Family Meeting: Preventing High-Risk Behavior||p. 189|
|Family Enrichment Activity: Expressing Love||p. 190|
|Home Activities||p. 191|
|Chapter 5 Guide Sheets||p. 192|
|Drugs, Sexuality and Violence: Reducing the Risks, Part 2||p. 197|
|Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: More Prevention Strategies||p. 199|
|Monitor and supervise teen behavior||p. 199|
|Work with other parents||p. 201|
|Provide healthy opportunities for challenge||p. 202|
|Consult about how to resist peer pressure||p. 203|
|Identify and confront high-risk behavior||p. 210|
|Stages of Drug Use||p. 211|
|Confronting Your Teen||p. 214|
|Calmly manage a crisis||p. 219|
|Family Council Meetings||p. 221|
|Family Enrichment Activity: In Our Family||p. 224|
|Letting Go||p. 225|
|Home Activities||p. 227|
|Active Communication Activity Answer Key||p. 228|
|The Active Parenting of Teens Video-Based Program||p. 230|
|Resource Guide||p. 231|
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