Got kids? Well, if nobody mentioned it, let me the first to tell you, they’ll be teens someday (insert Twilight Zone music)! But have no fear, “Teenage as a Second Language: A Parents Guide to Becoming Bilingual” is here. And if you have some teens, or kids who will one day be teens, you won’t want to miss this book.
Something strange seems to happen between the cuteness of childhood and graduation day, and lots of it is for good reason. Yet, wading through scads of research about the why’s of teenaged angst and the how’s of the teenaged brain is generally not high on the priority list of most parents.
That’s where “Teenage as a Second Language” comes in. Drs. Barbara Greenberg and Jennifer Powell-Lunder break it all down into useable bite-sized chunks. Don’t let their titles fool you, though, these gals have removed all of the psychobabble and provide you with information that you can start to implement immediately. And why read it, if you can’t use it?
This is a book you will turn to again and again, as you wade through the teenaged years with your kids. But, I recommend buying it before they even hit the teen years. That way, you’ll be two steps ahead of your lil’ darlings.
The first chapter alone, can be read while you are waiting to pick junior up from play practice or a football scrimmage. And by the end of the chapter, you’ll be better equipped to handle adolescent angst and egocentrism. Plus, you’ll learn why there is no room for fortune telling and “ESP” in your relationship with your teen. You’ll also be armed with some tools that tip your relationship in the right direction. Namely, you’ll learn how and why to rock structure and predictability, how and why to create a 911 plan with your teens, plus the importance of a “Feeling and Action Plan”.
You’ll get all of that and more. “Teenage as a Second Language” has chapter after chapter that’s chock full of everything you need for the care and keeping of your teen. There are side-bar tips, too, that show you what to say and what not to say, in order to keep the lines of communication open with your teen.
Best of all, you won’t need to invest hours of time and money in therapy to do it!
(Be sure to follow the Talking Teenage blog, too!)