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An expert and practitioner in adolescent psychology offers parents a description of normal adolescent behavior patterns. In this revised and updated edition of one of Barron's most popular Parenting Keys, he advises that occasional instances of rebellion and anger are part of a teenager's healthy drive toward maturity and independence. He also helps parents analyze and deal with many common adolescent behavior problems. This easy-to-read, down-to-earth book avoids unnecessary jargon as it gives parents a better understanding of their adolescents.
Psychologist Don Fontenelle is author of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent behavior for parents and teachers
Table of Contents
Typical Teenage Behaviors and Attitudes
The Adolescent's Perception of the Environment
What Have I Done to Cause This Behavior?
Your Child Is Becoming a Young Adult
Dealing with Daily Behaviors
Being a Consistent Parent
Setting Rules/Expectations and Consequences
Techniques to Set Rules and Consequences
How to Become a Positive Parent
Rewards and Incentives: Things to Remember
Types of Punishment
Problems with Using Punishment
Using Punishment: Things to Remember
Ignoring Certain Behaviors
Ignoring: Things to Remember
Increasing Communication Between Parent and Teenager
Learning to Listen and to Understand
Communication: Things to Remember
Anger and Rebellious Behavior
Techniques to Avoid the Buildup of Anger
Trust and Responsible Behaviors
Techniques to Develop Trust and Responsible Behaviors
Trust and Responsibility: Things to Remember
The Telephone-Problem or Incentive?
Driver's License, Driving, and Use of the Family Car
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Adolescents
Dealing with Suicide
Do You Need Professional Help?
Cable TV, Video Games, and the Computer
Violence in the Schools
What to Do If the Techniques in This Book Do Not Work