Active Parenting of Teens

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-31
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network

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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?

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Active Parentp. 1
Another Tough Century for Teenagersp. 1
The Tasks of Adolescencep. 5
The Purpose of Parentingp. 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 Parentingp. 15
Why Reward and Punishment often Backfirep. 20
Control versus Influencep. 22
Your Parent-Teen Relationship: Build It and They Will Comep. 23
Mutual Respectp. 24
The Method of Choicep. 25
Ethnic Identity Developmentp. 27
Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Storms at Seap. 29
Family Enrichment Activity: Taking Time for Funp. 31
Family Meeting: Choosing a Fun Family Activityp. 32
Home Activitiesp. 33
Chapter 1 Guide Sheetsp. 34
Winning Communicationp. 39
The Gift of Problemsp. 41
Who Owns the Problem?p. 42
Communication: The Road to Cooperationp. 45
Mixed Messagesp. 46
Avoiding Communication Blocksp. 47
The Heartbreak of Discouragementp. 50
Active Communicationp. 51
The ˘Palms Up÷ Techniquep. 55
Self-Disclosurep. 56
Putting Active Communication to Workp. 58
Family Meeting: Getting to Know Your Teen Betterp. 59
Family Enrichment Activity: Letter of Encouragementp. 60
Home Activitiesp. 63
Chapter 2 Guide Sheetsp. 64
Responsibility and Disciplinep. 72
What Is Responsibility?p. 73
Effective Discipline and the Problem-Handling Modelp. 77
Basic Discipline Methodsp. 80
Advanced Discipline Methodsp. 85
The FLAC Methodp. 94
Family Meeting: Problem Solving Using the FLAC Methodp. 96
Parenting and Angerp. 99
Family Enrichment Activity: Positive ÷I÷ Messagesp. 103
Home Activitiesp. 105
Chapter 3 Guide Sheets106
Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehaviorp. 110
Courage: One from the Heartp. 111
Self-Esteem: One from the Mindp. 112
The Thinlc-Feel-Do Cyclep. 114
Four Ways We Sometimes Discouragep. 119
Turning Discouragement into Encouragementp. 122
Self-Esteem, Courage, and Body Imagep. 131
Understanding Teen Behavior: Purpose, not Causep. 132
Five Goals of Teen Behaviorp. 133
Positive and Negative Approaches to the Five Goalsp. 136
How to Determine a Teen's Goalp. 137
Redirecting Your Teen's Behaviorp. 138
Family Meeting: Problem-Prevention Talksp. 150
Family Enrichment Activity: Teaching Skillsp. 153
Home Activitiesp. 155
Chapter 4 Guide Sheetsp. 156
Drugs, Sexuality and Violence: Reducing the Risks, Part 1p. 162
Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: The Think-Feel-Do Cyclep. 164
Ten Strategies to Prevent High-Risk Behaviorp. 169
Model and teach positive values and choicesp. 170
Educate teens about the risksp. 175
Filter OUT negative influences and IN positive onesp. 180
Establish clear guidelines for behaviorp. 186
Establishing a No-Use Rulep. 188
Family Meeting: Preventing High-Risk Behaviorp. 189
Family Enrichment Activity: Expressing Lovep. 190
Home Activitiesp. 191
Chapter 5 Guide Sheetsp. 192
Drugs, Sexuality and Violence: Reducing the Risks, Part 2p. 197
Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: More Prevention Strategiesp. 199
Monitor and supervise teen behaviorp. 199
Work with other parentsp. 201
Provide healthy opportunities for challengep. 202
Consult about how to resist peer pressurep. 203
Identify and confront high-risk behaviorp. 210
Stages of Drug Usep. 211
Confronting Your Teenp. 214
Calmly manage a crisisp. 219
Family Council Meetingsp. 221
Family Enrichment Activity: In Our Familyp. 224
Letting Gop. 225
Home Activitiesp. 227
Active Communication Activity Answer Keyp. 228
The Active Parenting of Teens Video-Based Programp. 230
Resource Guidep. 231
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