Teen-Proofing: A Revolutionary Approach to Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager by John Rosemond is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 33 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/p3ZV2r into your computer’s web browser.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Parents can protect toddlers–with their maximum mobility and minimum logic–by pasting plastic on electrical outlets and putting poisons out of reach. But protecting teenagers is not so simple, says family psychologist and author of Raising a Nonviolent Child John Rosemond. “Short of solitary confinement, you can’t guarantee that a teen won’t use drugs, shoplift, drink or crash the car. In the final analysis, teens must protect themselves.” Rosemond’s Teen-Proofing provides parents with tough-love strategies for managing teens so they make self-protective, rather than self-destructive, decisions.
Many parents will recognize the error of their ways in Rosemond’s portraits of parents as “micro-managers” who try to control their children and “wimps” who let their children control them. He offers a compelling alternative by urging parents to be “mentors, who realize they can control the parent-child relationship, but not the child.” The author explores critical parent-teen issues including curfews, cash, cars, and cohorts–detailing an approach that gives teenagers a “long rope” to make their own mistakes and also offers “creative consequences” to encourage responsible decision making.
The author offers smart and seasoned advice–from coping with middle school “tweenagers” to understanding why teens are vulnerable and how the culture diminishes a parent’s influence. Yet he undermines his clarity with snide asides about mental health professionals and one too many smug and self-congratulatory examples of his own parenting of a son and daughter. These distractions are unnecessary; the book’s unconventional and provocative suggestions will speak volumes to parents of teens.
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