Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston

From Amazon - Parents of preteens intuitively know that no matter how good their kids are, there is turbulence ahead. Many feel lost and unprepared as they watch the damaging effects of culture collide with their child's growing pains and raging hormones.

For the past 35 years Mark Gregston has lived and worked with struggling teens and knows what it takes to reach them. He says, "A parent's success has little to do with either the validity of their words or their intent as messengers, it's more about how they approach their child and engage with them."

As the mother of two teenagers, I found this book to be invaluable.  In fact, I wish I had it a few years ago when they were tweens.  I think I've done a pretty good job, but I always worry.  My daughter has her drama moments with her friends and although I let her know I'm here if she needs to talk or advice, I kind of let her do her thing.  I know theres' nothing worse then getting in someone's space - I hate it, I'm sure they hate it.  

My son, on the other hand, is almost eighteen and he's trying his wings. It's so hard from a parent's perspective to wonder, "Did I do enough?" "Did I miss something vital?" With Tough Guys and Drama Queens, there are things we shouldn't allow our kids to do and why, and things we should let them do, and why.   With social media like it is today, as well as all of the other technology, things are way different now with teens then it was years ago, when I was a teen.  Heck, we didn't even have computers then, let alone the internet.

An invaluable resource for all parents!    Appearance, performance, authority, respect and  boundaries, as well as other proactive tools to help you prepare for those tough teen years!  A really great how-to book that includes biblical techniques for you as a guide for those rough times.  Well Recommended!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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