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Guidelines for Parents Coming Aug. 1st


            Skill 1: Knowing How to Talk with Your Teenager takes up the “How” of conversational style: 1. Slow your pace. The most important topic may not have come up yet; 2. Don’t hold back on your compliments just because his or her reaction is mild, or even self-deprecating; 3. McIntire says your teen’s first question is always, “What does this conversation say about, Me?” Moms and Dads think the subject is the most important part; and 4. When thinking of giving advice, remember teens copy better than they listen.

            In those serious long talks, of course you love your kids, but do they know you like them? A good start here and the whole week will go better.

            Skill 2: Knowing the Family “Games.” Strategies and maneuvers in family negotiations can go unrecognized. Parents who are aware of these strategies can smooth the family airways. For example, kids know that a fast pace is to their advantage. And parents know that, to be used frequently, the consequences have to come in small sizes. The perils of punishment are listed, and examples of successful alternatives are presented.

            Skill 3: Steering Through the Minefield of Bad Habits. From bad movies, violent computer games and gutter language to sex, alcohol and drugs, McIntire identifies early signs of the bad habits and helps parents steer clear of trouble.

 This section has been noted particularly by reviewers and the book has already been hailed as “…an excellent guide for parents of teens. If I had to recommend one such book, this is it.” (W. Joseph Wyatt, Professor of Psychology, Marshall University)

            Skill 4: Teaching School Strategies. McIntire points out that school can be the most powerful influence on happiness in the teenage years. Any help that a parent can give will last a lifetime. This section provides the details from successful study strategies to the final preparation for tests.

            Skill 5: Coaching about Time, Money and Happiness. Habits and attitudes in using time, handling money and searching for happiness require important parenting guideposts. McIntire’s advice concerning high school’s end and college’s challenge, sets the priorities for parents and their teenager.

The book is designed to help parents help teens juggle school, time, money, temptations and social challenges in order to navigate the turbulent teenage years and emerge happy. The book will be available August 1st for $17.95, and can be found through bookstores nationwide, online at Amazon.com, or directly from the publisher at www.ParentSuccess.com.


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