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A new way of thinking about (and celebrating!) your child during these critical years!
Congrats— you’ re having a teen! No, really— congratulations! You’re entering one of the most exciting, important phases of parenting. These years are your best opportunity to guide your child toward a thriving adulthood and strengthen your relationship with them for life. This guide will help you understand, encourage, support, love, and, yes, even celebrate your teen!
The teen years may bring challenges. This book prepares you to meet those challenges as a family while staying firmly committed to raising a good person.
About the Author
Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, practices adolescent medicine at Children’ s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is the founding director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. His books include Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings and Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust. He is the father of 2 young adults and lives in Philadelphia, PA.
"This comprehensive handbook will be indispensable to parents of preteens and teens." —Library Journal
"Dr. Ken Ginsburg’s advice for parents is like a hug, TED talk and Masterclass rolled into one." —Upworthy!
"There’s a lot of information, but straightforward takeaways and accessible writing keep things in reach. This goes a long way in draining the dread from adolescence."
"How we talk about teenagers matters—and no one understands this better than Dr Kenneth Ginsburg. . . Dr Ginsburg provides adults with a helpful and hopeful road map for enjoying and staying close to adolescents." —Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls
“Warning: this book might make you rethink some of your beliefs about teenagers. Along with busting myths, it offers practical guidance for being a better parent.” —Adam Grant, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
"An essential, empowering guide that gives parents all the practical tools they need to leverage their teens’ strengths and turn out thoughtful, ethical people." —Phyllis Fagell, licensed therapist, school counselor, and author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help
Ken Ginsburg is my go-to expert on all things related to teens and parenting. . . In a challenging, busy world where time and energy can feel scarce, Congrats—You’re Having a Teen! is your one must-read book." —Madeline Levine, PhD, author of The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes”, and Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
"Congrats—You’re Having a Teen! is a treasure." —Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs and The Breakthrough Years: Five Things Every Adolescent Wants Us to Know—and Why the Latest Research Says We Should Listen and president of the Families and Work Institute
"Dr Ginsburg is a beacon of light on the shores of the teen parenting adventure. . . . A must-read." —Dan Peters, PhD, licensed psychologist, podcast host of Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan, author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears, and executive director of Summit Center
"This book will change how you think about your teens—and how you think about yourself as a parent." —KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times best-selling author of The Chicken Sisters and How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute
"A transformative approach to parenting teens that beautifully focuses mindset toward opportunity, promotes parent-teen connection, and builds skills supportive of teen development into meaningful adulthood." —Candice W. Jones, MD, FAAP, author of High Five Discipline: Positive Parenting for Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Kids
"Ken Ginsburg and I are in total agreement: parenting adolescents is the most exciting and fascinating phase of parenthood, but if you don’t yet agree, Congrats—You’re Having a Teen! will convince you." —Jessica Lahey, New York Times best-selling author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence