A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens

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Do you have a Teen at home? Do you want to know how to talk to them about certain topics? There is a  terrific resource for parents that will help get them ready for the new school year! I recently received a great book called A Survival Guide to Parenting teens: Talking To Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out by Joani Geltman, MSW. In addition to the Authors  experience as a psychology professor, school counselor and parenting coach, Joani has had the experience of raising her own famous teen – Ari Graynor, who has starred in the CBS Television Series, Bad Teacher

I know! You’re thinking..”I don’t have time to read an entire book about parenting!” But, one great thing about this book is that you don’t have to sit down and read it from cover to cover. I have to honestly admit that I did not read the entire book…yet. But, I know I will! My son is only 10 but those teenage years are not all that far away! This book is great because  each chapter is cleverly titled by the issue, so you can quickly turn to the section of whatever issue you’re facing!

It is a book full of advice but also humor so you don’t get bored and it will entertain you. It is an insightful book and a Must-Read for parents of teens! I highly recommend.

Here are a couple of the chapters in the book:

·        Lies of Omission: “Oh. I Didn’t Think I Had to Tell You That” (Love this one! Think I should re-read it by the way!)

·        The Messy Room: To Clean or Not to Clean  (I did read this whole chapter! It was quite helpful.)

Here are a few more that are really important topics:

  • Driving Distracted: Don’t Let Their Fingers Do the Talking When They’re Driving
  • A Scary Story: The Misuse of Smartphones
  • Teaching Your Teen about Money Management: Curbing the Teen Money Pit

You can find this book on Amazon.com and at Barnesandnobles.com.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win this wonderful book! Leave a comment below telling us about a topic you as a parent would like to see advice on! Deadline to enter is September 16th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this feature post.


  1. I would like to see advice on how to enlighten a teen to the fact that place in the world is not as safe as where they may live and to be cautious.

  2. Sounds like a great book to have on hand for the future!

  3. This one sounds interesting..

  4. Congrats Amber!

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