Monday, August 20, 2012
Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not To Get Blindsided By Your Child's Teen Years - By Mark Gregston Book Review!
As a mom of three teen/preteen girls I couldn't wait to read Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston. I was not disappointed and loved the book. The book was a very easy read with a lot of sound advice from a man who has a wealth of knowledge on preteens and teens.
Mark Gregston is the founder and executive director of Heartlight a residential counseling center for teens which gives him the every day living knowledge that makes the book so great.
The book is broke into three sections, What's so different about today's culture?, Parenting advise to avoid, and Parenting practices that really work.
The first part of the book clearly defines how teens today face a host of problems and situations that we as their parents never had to face. I found it very helpful to have someone lay out all the difference and see what our teens are subjected to.Our teens are exposed to a lot more information much sooner then we were. Some of it good and some of it dangerous.
The parenting practices to avoid section was wrote in a clear non judgmental way. Mark gave examples of families he has worked with and showed how sometimes we are aiming for the best for our teens but end up making them feel like they will never measure up to our standards.
The final section laid out some clear cut scenarios to help your teen reach independence while still feeling loved and respected as individuals.I loved this section Mark took everyday situations and broke down how the rules can change as your teens head towards adulthood. He offered valuable tips on picking your battles and making our homes a place of rest.
Ultimately we want our teens to grow into independent adults and still have a great relationship with them. I feel that Tough Guys and Drama Queens is a road map to getting there.
I would recommend Tough Guys and Drama Queens to any caregiver who has preteen or teens in their home.
BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions are mine and I was not paid for my opinion.