Where was the Tough Guys and Drama Queens; How Not to Get Blindsided By Your Child’s Teen Years by Mark Gregston book when I went through my first round of teens? My children are seventeen, fifteen, eleven, and nine. Maybe it’s technology, or a parent’s busy work schedule; children in today’s era seem to grow up to quick and too fast, and their moodiness seems to peek long before parents are ready. So may things are different in today’s world then when I was a teen, from the way a child is disciplined to what a child is exposed to at certain ages.
In this book, Mark really gives you an eye opener of all things “drama queens” and “tough guys”, along with a clear-cut approach on how to handle the challenges you will be faced with as a parent raising today’s teens (and even pre-teens). Our parents “do as I say, not as I do” controlling approach is not a parenting style that will work with our own children. We must learn a new approach to parenting today’s teens if we want them to be well-rounded, successful, independent adults.
I found this book chalked full of information and advice and plan on applying what I have learned in my upcoming teen years for my two younger children as well as my two older children.
Parents of preteens and teens can move from scared to prepared with a new approach to parenting their adolescents.
Parents of preteens intuitively know that no matter how good their kids are, there is turbulence ahead. Many feel lost and unprepared as they watch the damaging effects of culture collide with their child’s growing pains and raging hormones.
For the past 35 years Mark Gregston has lived and worked with struggling teens and knows what it takes to reach them. He says, “A parent’s success has little to do with either the validity of their words or their intent as messengers, it’s more about how they approach their child and engage with them.”
The book is divided into three sections:
*What’s so different about today’s culture *Why traditional parenting no longer works *A new model for parenting teens
Foundational and practical, and written from the crucible of experience, Tough Guys and Drama Queens answers the questions that parents are asking, helping them become the parents their children need them to be.