I took some advice and it worked on my 2 daughters, 13 and 15. Learnt not to nag or scream at them when they did not do what was instructed. Rather simply told them I was disappointed in their behavior etc and walked away and not agreeing to their requests until they understood their mistakes. Learn to let go on the small issues instead of harboring them, among many other valuable advice in the book. I must continue to work on them and not give up mid-way, else all the effort i'm making, will be in vain. Thank you for these advice.
It is the help I needed to get through to my teenager as well as a tool to help myself be the instrument I wanted/needed to be. The price was a very fair price, and knowing it to be a Godly inspired book made it just that much more worth the amount.
This book has wonderful ideas and guidelines to follow and develop in your parenting life and life in general. I wish I would have read (or it would have been available) his have a new kid by Friday book when all my kids were young. The book is so practical and makes so much sense. I have recommended it to people already and will continue to do so. When my daughters have children of their own, I will purchase his Have A New Kid By Friday book as a resource and hopefully they will read it and benefit from it right from the start. Then perhaps some of the mistakes I've made with them will not be repeated by them.
Teen girls are uniquely challenging, and we have two. This book has been a practical guide on dealing with all the ups and downs, mood swings, friends, chores, school, and technology. The author really understands adolescents (and parents), and though the book relates to all families, it is very personal. We've already been greatly impacted through applying the principles to our family. I plan to read the book several more times, as we continue growing together.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel "armed" w/ valuable tools to allow me to be a "smart parent" but "with it" @ the same time. Especially like the 75 question section b/c I can refer to it when I "forget". Loved how he stressed the importance of loving your kid (S) no matter what. Have already recommended this book to all my friends who have teens.
Not only am I am mom of an almost 13 year-old, and 10 1/2 year old...but I'm a substitute teacher as well. You can imagine how that sometimes goes over, especially when it's the first time in a classroom. I had a fifth grader who looked at me and said, "NO" when I asked him to do something. I used advice from Dr. Leman's book and the next thing I knew the kid was back at his seat working! Neither of us lost face and the situation never elevated. He knew I meant what I said, but I treated him with respect and he never lost face. So, not only am I seeing changes at home, but at work as well!!! Thank you!
This is an excellent resource for those teenage years. If you find yourself dreading it and not enjoying your teens, pick up this book and turn things around. Has an excellent topical reference in the back for advice on different topics relating to teens.