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The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens

by John Duffy

Published by Viva Editions

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Have you ever been bewildered by the changes in your child and your sudden lack of effectiveness as a parent? When hugs and family fun have been replaced by silence, slamming doors and an ever-changing array of moods, you need new tools. Top teen expert Dr. John Duffy has encountered all of this and more in his family counseling practice and offers excellent advice, clear strategies and teen-tested solutions in The Available Parent.

Dr. Duffy can help you shift the dynamic in your relationship with your teenager. Imagine what it would be like if healthy conversations replaced angry outburts or petulant silence. Using the techniques in Available Parent, you can begin to enjoy a healthy, satisfying, new kind of relationship with your teenager -- one based on a foundation of radical optimism, rather than fear-based control. At a time when many "helicopter parents" micro-manage and under-appreciate their children, Dr. Duffy's step-by-step guide is an innovative approach to taking care of teens and tweens. You'll see that it's the available parent that fosters the extraordinary teenager.

What you'll learn inside this book:

  • How to understand the adolescent mind
  • What teen rebellion is really about
  • How to build your child's self-esteem and confidence
  • How to create a successful behavioral contract


pub date: 2011-05-10 | Paperback | 9781573446570