Surviving Your Child's Adolescence How to Understand, and Even Enjoy, the Rocky Road to Independence

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-11
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Expert suggestions for guiding your child through the rough teenage years Does it sometimes seem like your teenager is trying to push you over the edge? Learn what your child is going through and what you can do to help your teen navigate this difficult period in this practical guide from psychologist and parenting expert Carl Pickhardt. In an easy-to-read style, Dr. Pickhardt describes a 4-stage model of adolescent growth to help parents anticipate common developmental changes in their daughter or son from late elementary school through the college age years. Provides unique advice for dealing with arguing, chores, the messy room, homework, and many other issues Offers best practices for teaching effective communication, constructive conflict, and responsible decision-making Includes ideas for protecting kids against the dangers of the Internet, bullying, dating, sexual involvement, and substance use An essential road map for parents looking to guide their children on the path to adulthood.

Author Biography

Carl Pickhardt, PhD, is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years in private counseling and lecturing practice in Austin, Texas. He is the author of fourteen parenting books and writes a weekly blog, Surviving (Your Child's) Adolescence, for Psychology Today. More information about Dr. Pickhardt may be found at www.carlpickhardt.com.

Table of Contents


About the Author

Author’s Note


Voices of Parents Past

1 Preparing for the Inevitable

2 A Road Map to Early and Mid-Adolescence

3 A Road Map to Late Adolescence and Trial Independence

4 Parenting Adolescent Sons and Daughters

5 The Complexities of Spoken Communication

6 The Use and Abuse of Conflict

7 Discipline That Does and Doesn’t Work

8 Informal and Formal Education

9 Problems with Peers

10 The Power of Parents

Epilogue: Climbing Fool’s Hill

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