This book provides a functional interface between a teen and a professional therapist. I recently bought a copy to review and immediately purchased several for current clients. My adolescent clients identify with the examples and quickly catch on to "go to thoughts." Teens don't usually read straight through a book. They will tend to identify what matters most to them (in spite of what I may suggest as homework) and cut right to the salient features. It works well. Five thumbs (stars) up! Not too academic for them...thanks for your work.
This is a good book concerning the survival of the parents of teenagers. The parents of teenagers are the most battle weary, mentally exhausted group that exists in our world today. Most teenagers do not realize the stress that they put onto their parents by the choices that they make and the words that they say. Many parents feel that they are simply "clinging" to their kids by their fingernails in hopes that something they say will finally stick and make an impact. Gregston does a good job of trying to ease the minds of parents that are either a) in the midst of raising a teenager, or b) will be raising a teenager in the near future. He attempts to give something in the way of a handbook for parents who will be dealing with hormones, changing body types, rebellion, frustration, disobedience, brokenness, fear, love, lust, and everything in between. I would recommend this book not only for parents, but also for youth ministers and even preaching ministers who are going to have to be a witness to the struggles of not only the teenager himself/herself, but of the parents as well. Ultimately, the entire family is going to need to recognize what is occurring and by using some of Mr. Gregston's suggestions, they may be able to survive better than they could have before.
As a mother of 3 teens, I found much of the advice in this book to be ineffective and even damaging! The author seems to take a permissive approach to parenting. I can tell you, this makes matters much worse. I agree with some of the common sense information (spending time with teens, etc) but the overall message lacked biblical backbone.
I never thought that raising a teenager is like riding a roller coaster. One minute, you're up and the next thing you know, you're emotions are all going down the drain. That's how it feels like dealing with my own daughter.
I thought I was prepared to enter the battle but I was totally wrong. This book gave me the insights on how to deal with my own teenager and to be able to come out of the battle victorious.
The author, Mark Gregstons, uses picturesque words to describe the ordeals of dealing with a teenager and his tips on how to tackle unwarranted behavior, dangerous activities and malicious curiosity of today's teens.
The book presents viable tips to parents to reinforce positive relationships with their own teens and how to cope with their volitive behavior. Not only that the book is full of advise, tips and wisdom coming from a man who dealt with every face of teen angst and rebellion, and explains everything through his eyes as a founder and councilor of Heartlight, a center for teens with issues.
I highly recommend this book to parents who have teens or even those who have none as a means to better understand today's youth, what ticks them, what works and how to enforce a loving approach to a troubled teen.
The book was given to me by Thomas Nelson Publication via Booksneeze.com.
Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not to Get Blindsided by your Child's Teen Years came at the perfect time for our family: the oldest just turned 13 and the youngest just turned 11. Gregston gives insight into raising teens that I have never considered and probably never would have. Having worked with the extremes of teen issues and behaviour, he is able to provide advice and godly wisdom that is invaluable.
If I find interesting information when I review a book that I want to refer back to, I will turn up the bottom corner of the page. This book has more turned-up pages than any other I have reviewed! Part One: What's So Different About Today's Culture was frightening and provided motivation for me to get on my knees for my children! Part Two: Parenting Practices to Avoid was painful but helpful. There was one chapter in particular that had me saying "ouch" on more than one occasion. Part Three: Parenting Practices that Really Work was a breath of fresh air and filled me with hope that my children and I will survive and thrive through their teen years! I am very thankful for Appendix A: Conversation Starters and will be referring to Appendix B: How to Discuss Conflict before I ever open my mouth in a confrontational situation.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
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