How in the world will we survive raising teenagers? If you’ve ever found yourself asking that very question, regardless of the age of your children now, have I got a book for you! The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens by Dr. John Duffy is a concise and wholly logical parenting tome for those of us even slightly concerned about how best to manage this critical developmental period.
Presenting this concept of “available parenting,” Dr. Duffy urges readers to look at their own behaviors, and assess the true motivations behind their parenting choices. He strongly argues that we need to accept our teens where they are right now, and emphasizes the need for positive interactions to build up relationships.
For more insights on this new book, please read my whole review of The Available Parent on 5 Minutes for Mom. A copy of the book is also up for grabs, so please leave a comment over there to be entered. (Comments are closed here to avoid any confusion.)
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