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You and Your Adolescent, New and Revised edition

You and Your Adolescent, New and Revised edition

The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25

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“Relax! The horror stories you have heard about adolescence are false.”

This is Dr. Laurence Steinberg’s reassuring message to parents in this newly revised edition of his classic book You and Your Adolescent, which Publishers Weekly says is “filled with solid advice for the parents of adolescents.” Among the new topics in this updated edition:

* An expanded definition of adolescence to age 25, recognizing that college graduates often remain dependent on their parents for an extended period, creating a new parent-child dynamic

* A discussion of social media that addresses whether parents of preteens and young teens should monitor use of these new communication tools

* What new research into the adolescent brain tells us about teenage behavior

As Dr. Steinberg writes, “Most books written for parents of teenagers were survival guides (many still are). Nowadays, adolescence is too long—15 years in some families—for mere survival. Knowledge, not fortitude, is what today’s parents need. That’s where this book comes in.”
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439169759 | 
  • January 2011
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New and Revised Edition: You and Your Adolescent

A renowned authority on adolescence provides parents with an authoritative, reassuring guide to the most challenging period of child development.

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Chapter 1
Good News About Adolescence


Relax! The horror stories you have heard about adolescence are false.

Adolescence has long been a synonym for trouble in our society. “Everyone knows” that the road from childhood to adulthood is stormy. Extreme moodiness in adolescence is normal. Rebellion is an inevitable and necessary part of growing up. If your teenager doesn’t get involved in drugs, crime, and risky sex, consider yourself lucky.

The idea that adolescence equals trouble has been part of our folklore, handed down from generation to generation, and accepted by psychologists, educators,... see more

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