What You Can Learn From Your Teenager: Lessons in Parenting and Personal Growth
by Jean-Pierre Kallanian, M.Ed.
My oldest is quickly approaching his teenage years, and I am already looking ahead to make that time for him the best transition to adulthood as I possibly can. After all, my job as a parent is to prepare my children to survive – this is simply part of evolution. Human interpersonal relationships make this more complicated than with any other species. He needs to learn to interact with his peers and superiors. He needs to learn the when, where, how, why, and what of every day living.
This book puts it very well in saying that parenting is “as much of an art form as a skill.” There is certainly no handbook for raising children. By promoting seeing your teenager as a whole person to interact with and learn from, as well as teach, you are opening up opportunities for growth and maturation. The essence is that parenting is as much a learning experience as growing up. Practice, practice, practice. Mistakes will happen.
This guide takes you through several different “lessons” intended not only for reading and storing, but for utilizing and perfecting.
Lesson 1: Satisfying Basic Needs
Lesson 2: Examining Values
Lesson 3: EPIC Existence
Lesson 4: Redefining Boundaries
Lesson 5: Connecting with Your Teen
Lesson 6: How You Communicate
Lesson 7: Ensuring Health and Wellness
Lesson 8: Fear Not, Let Go, and Move On
I found the information interesting to consider and the arguments were well thought out and supported with logical information. In considering the basic needs that need to be met on a daily basis, and the pull and value of each need, a lot of things fall into perspective. This is not only useful for having a relationship with your teen, but with pre-teens and other adults.