Thursday, June 22, 2017

#MMBBR #Review The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens by @douglasmhaddad #RowmanLittlefieldPublishers

Are you concerned or frustrated with the choices your child makes when it comes to their peer groups, study habits, and use of social media?

Do you feel your child is pushing you away and your connection is weakening?

Are you unsure of the next steps you should take to help your child succeed?

A whole new set of parenting concerns arise during tween and teenhood that can be overwhelming for any parent. The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens offers a step-by-step plan for raising your adolescent through this tumultuous time. Douglas Haddad provides specific, proven tools for you to help your child become a problem solver and grow to be smart, successful, and self-disciplined.

In The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens, you will:

  • Discover the secrets of effective communication with your child
  • Learn the techniques to stop behavior problems right in their tracks when they happen
  • Know the strategies to best motivate your child and unlock their potential
  • Find out how to set appropriate limits and hold your child accountable for their actions
  • Understand today’s “child-limiting challenges” and the solutions for handling them with your child

Every parent wants the best for their child, and these years can be fraught with challenges: bullying, violence, gambling, sex, smoking, alcohol, substance use, eating disorders, depression, suicide, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, etc. Making sense of these challenges, this book offers exercises for incorporating the ten child unlimited tools into your parenting style and anecdotes to illustrate strategies and techniques. Supported by current research, the tools found in these pages will serve as a guide for any family with tweens or teens.

Douglas HaddadDouglas Haddad is an award-winning middle school teacher, best-selling author, and parenting and education expert. He is the author of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RAISING TEENS AND TWEENS: STRATEGIES FOR UNLOCKING YOUR CHILD'S FULL POTENTIAL. Haddad has been awarded the 2016-2017 “Teacher of the Year” in his Connecticut school district and is serving as a Teacher-Ambassador in Public Education in the State of Connecticut. He has taught over 2,000 students in his 17 years as an educator, working with children from all different backgrounds and abilities and has helped them transition from being kids into young adults. 

Douglas is a regular guest expert on television, blogger, contributing writer, and has been featured in many national print and online outlets. He has worked as a coach, mentor, personal trainer, nutrition counselor, and tai chi ch'uan and reiki master. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist for elite athletes. 

I don't have teens yet, 3 years away, but I know that time is coming.  It is never to early to preemptively plan for the future.  I was on a week and a half vacation and spent a lot of time driving across county, so I had lots of time to dive into this book.  It was one of those books that was perfect for taht, as I could pick it up and read a bit here and a bit there.  

There is so much to love about this book:
  • The way it was laid out makes it easy to reference what you want to know/learn or access what you need to read about based on life circumstances.
  • Personal stories that make the content easy to relate to.
  • Allows parent and child to find effective ways to talk/relate to each other.
  • Cover lots of important topics like: sex, violence, smoking, alcohol/drug use (just to nane a few).
  • It is strength based.
  • Easy technique that can be practically applied to real life.
  • Calls for accountability for behaviors. 
  • Researched and thorough content.
  • Too many other reasons to list.
This book is a great guide to helping both parent and child navigate through the preteen and teen years.  Kids may not come with an owners manual, but we can find way to figure out easier and more effective ways to parent.  


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