Monday, March 26, 2018

"Say This, Not That To Your Teenage Daughter: The Pocket Guide to Everyday Conversations" by Ilana Kukoff; Jessica Yuppa Huddy

My oldest daughter is about to be rounding the corner to the teenage years. I'm not sure if I'm scared about that or just so proud of the person she is turning into (watching your baby grow up is breathtaking). She is a genius with Asperger's Syndrome, I don't know what to expect, but I think there are some universal challenges going into those years. 

I just want to make sure we are there for her. 

Eating-disorders, heartbreak, technology addictions (and all the other terrifying addictions), anxiety...the dangers are many and the preparations for them as far as parenting goes are sparse. And there are a lot of ways to screw up.

I liked reading this book, even if it was hard. And sometimes it was really hard. I can't imagine facing some of these situations. It doesn't have a ton of details, it's true that it is a pocket-guide, but it's short informational points make it easy to remember if you encounter any of the scenarios. 

And it tackles the difficult stuff a lot of parenting advice shies away from. 

"Say This, Not That To Your Teenage Daughter" is a much-needed title in your arsenal of giving your teen the best support you can. This won't be all you need (for instance, it didn't cover abusive relationships which are common) but it's a damn wonderful place to start.

By the way, since I mentioned it (and since it is really important) here is a short animated video via  to help talk about and combat relationship violence for teens. One out of three report abuse in romantic relationships and this needs to be a discussion all parents have with their kids so that they know the signs. They have more resources on their site. 

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