Letting Go with Love and Confidence : Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-08-02
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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A parenting guide to adolescence - a sensible and considerate resource to navigating your teen to adulthood, making the transformation an opportunity for positive growth for both the parent and child. For parents, "letting go" and nurturing teens in today's world to become healthy, well-adjusted adults may be a more challenging process than ever before. There are many new pressures and opportunities for kids to grow up faster than they should. In Letting Go with Love and Confidence, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg and Susan Fitzgerald offer parents a practical, thoughtful strategy for guiding children through all the turning points on the way to adulthood. As Dr. Ginsburg explains, it is these everyday decisions and conversations that have the greatest potential to foster resilience and build confidence and his three-step litmus test can apply to any decision: Is it safe? Is it practical? Does it meet my standards for morality and decency? Empowering and groundbreaking, with stories from real parents, this book is a comprehensive, one-stop resource to parenting teens in the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as an expert on parenting teens. Regularly voted a Top Doc by Philadelphia magazine, he speaks across the country and is the author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two teen daughters. Susan FitzGerald is an award-winning journalist who specializes in medical and children's health issues. A former reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, she is now an independent writer and editor based in the Philadelphia area. She and her husband have three sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Letting Gop. 1
Setting the Stage
Preparing to Let Go: It's a Lot About Youp. 13
Building Resilience: The Secret to Lifelong Successp. 20
Doing a Gut Check: Safety, Practicality, Moralityp. 29
Looking in the Mirror: How Do You Parent?p. 38
Seeing Your Child: What's He or She Really Like?p. 55
Social Skills Your Child Needs to Survive Peer Culturep. 76
When Is My Child Ready to …
Introduction: Why When?p. 87
Walk Alone to School, a Friend's House, the Corner Store?p. 90
Stay Home Alone?p. 97
Take Part in Sleepovers?p. 103
Decide About Clothes, Hair, Adorning the Body?p. 110
Go Online?p. 116
Get a Cell Phone?p. 122
Manage Money?p. 136
Go to the Mall?p. 144
Travel Alone: Buses, Trains, and Planes?p. 151
Help with Siblings and Elderly Relatives?p. 155
Go on Dates, Go to Dances, Have a Boyfriend/Girlfriend?p. 159
Manage Own Time and Schedule?p. 165
Stay Out Late, Stretch a Curfew?p. 170
Get a Driver's License-and a Car?p. 174
Get a Job?p. 183
Make Educational Choices?p. 189
Stop Going to Religious Services?p. 201
See the Doctor Alone?p. 205
How to Talk … About the Really Tough Stuff
Introduction: Why How?p. 215
Authentic Successp. 217
Managing Stress in Healthy Waysp. 243
Peers: Relationships, Influence, and Sometimes Pressurep. 265
Drug Preventionp. 283
Healthy Sexualityp. 300
Reaching for Professional Helpp. 315
Epilogue: Letting Go with Love and Confidencep. 329
Resourcesp. 337
Indexp. 345
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