John Rosemond is a renowned child psychologist who has helped millions of parents learn to raise their children and remain sane. In Teen-Proofing, now available in paperback, he tackles the challenges of raising a teenager with his trademark user-friendly, humorous, and commonsense style. Rosemond lays out a perfectly sound and logical case for recognizing the realities of the teen-parent relationship, forming the foundation, and parenting with the “Long Rope Principle.” In short, the author demonstrates how Mom and Dad can avoid the pitfalls of becoming dictatorial “Control Freaks,” skirt the potholes of turning into permissive “Wimps,” and enjoy the freedom and rewards of parenting in a controlled (but not controlling) and relaxed manner. Teenagers, Rosemond readily admits, can be a challenge. But infusing young adults with a sense of personal responsibility, then showing them the results of good and bad choices, is a goal every parent can achieve.
I heard about this book from my sister. I found it chock full of great child & teen rearing advice and information. The basis, without a spoiler alert, is that at some point children must be held accountable for their decisions. No better time to start doing so than at the cusp & beginning of teen-hood years. By the time they graduate they will understand true independent thinking, as opposed to the dependent thinking mindset that most kids graduate with.
Godspeed & Good Reads!