The Straight Talk about Teens booklet is a valuable resource designed to assist parents of older teenagers in understanding and effectively parenting their children during this transformative stage of life. With a focus on providing realistic ideas and advice, the booklet covers a range of topics crucial to parenting adolescents.
From understanding adolescent development and behaviors to enhancing communication and implementing fair and effective discipline techniques, the booklet offers practical strategies for navigating the challenges of parenting teenagers. It also addresses important issues such as risky behaviors, including substance use and sexual activity, and provides guidance on promoting learning, working, and transitioning to higher education or employment.
By offering insights into teen attitudes, providing communication tips, and highlighting the concerns and expectations of both parents and teenagers, the booklet aims to foster understanding, strengthen relationships, and support parents in guiding their teenagers towards a successful transition into adulthood. With its comprehensive content and realistic approach, the Straight Talk about Teens booklet serves as a valuable tool for parents seeking guidance and support during this important phase of their child’s life.
1. What Makes Teens Tick?
A guide to adolescent development
Insights into teenage behaviour, facts about adolescent brain development, teen sleep patterns
2. What Matters to Teens: Hint, it’s friends and freedom
Data on teen attitudes, what teens really think about parents, who they turn to for help, how teenagers affect parents
3. Keep Talking: Communicating with teenagers
Strategies that enhance parent-teen communication, pitfalls to avoid, dealing with “attitude,” how to keep teens talking
4. Who’s The Boss? Fair and effective discipline with teenagers
The balance between control and independence, negotiating with adolescents, dealing with lying and serious misbehaviour
5. Risky Business: Drinking, drugs and sex
What teenagers are really up to, how parents can make a difference, prevention and harm reduction
6. Learning and Working
High school and transitions to college, university and jobs
Navigating learning, social and behaviour problems in high
school, helping teens adjust to post secondary school and work
7. Final Thoughts for Parents
8. For Teenagers: A guide to your parents
What parents worry about, how to help your parents worry less, communication tips, what to say when you’re in big trouble