Author, Nancy Washburn introduces us to her experience-based book about raising teens, “You and Me Kid”:
“I remember the day I became a parent of a teenager. He was my child one day and the next he was telling me he wanted to meet a girl at the movie theater. All of a sudden he wanted a girlfriend; he was 13. A whole new territory of decisions and feelings opened up before us as a whole new set of emotions and decisions was presenting themselves to him! What to do?
“You and Me Kid answers the practical side of this transition as well as a solid background of understanding of what is happening in the young person. The ‘3 Messages’ your child needs to receive from you to be emotionally healthy and to build a lasting, respectful bond between you and your child are clearly described in scenario and story.
“The ‘Three Messages’ are more than a 'text message' but clear ways of talking and interacting with your child that will empower you to know how to meet the task of providing your child with what they really need, your most heartfelt desire!”
IN THIS BOOK, YOU WILL FIND:
Tips to save parents and teens a lot of pain!
Engaging stories with simple lessons for parenting your teen
Advice from an experienced Parent Educator and Child Development Professor
Ways to learn to foster your teen’s success in life and build a lasting parent-child bond
Ideas on how to help your teen grow up emotionally healthy
Simple messages that every teen needs to hear
New practical help for living your desire of being an effective parent for your teen.
Information that the average educated person does not know about teenagers.
Messages teens need, made easy for parents
Knowledge of what all teens are experiencing developmentally
When teens hear these messages they always say, “I wish my parents knew this.”
How to shift from conflict with your teen into responsiveness and enduring connection
Feel competent as a parent of a teenager.
Discover key information about adolescent development that the average parent does not know
Advice on how to navigate important and difficult conversations with your teen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy Washburn, M.A., is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Child and Family Studies at LA City College.
For the past twenty years, Nancy Washburn has taught Child Development classes to thousands of young adults across the greater Los Angeles area. Her goal as a professor has been to inspire new teachers and parents to go forward, and use their knowledge to help children and families to be the best together, and for society. Prior to teaching college Ms. Washburn was a Parent Educator for 16 years with families of children from birth through adolescence. Ms. Washburn has taught a variety of workshops on Parenting, Conflict Resolution, and Guidance. One of her favorite jobs has been raising three children of her own into productive human beings.
Throughout her career she has been spurred on by her own confusion and lack of confidence as an adolescent and the desire to help young people and their parents have a smoother ride. In writing this book she enlightens parents and gives them the knowledge and messages they need to have a positive relationship with their children and help them to be secure within themselves and in the world.
I really enjoyed this book. I was reminded of my own floundering and stumbling around as a teenager, trying to fit in and measure up. What a crazy time! This is one thing that I really love about this book. Nancy really respects and understands the turbulence of the time in a young person’s life. For a lot of people that time stretches well past the teen years.
Nancy’s clear and honest writing is very encouraging. Every teen needs to hear that they are exactly where they need to be, they are on schedule, in the process of maturing into an adult.
A lot in this book can apply to any person struggling with issues from their childhood, no matter their age.
I give “You and Me Kid” a score of 4.9 stars! The score would have been higher except for a few spelling errors. The errors have been corrected, so your reading will be all the smoother.
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Copyright 2019 Mark L Schultz except for the author’s introduction
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An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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