Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review: "Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens"

Licensed Counselor, Connie Rae, offers her own personal experience as a mother and also experience through counseling others in her book, "Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens: a practical guide to getting them back on track."

Rae begins her book by discussing adolescence in general. All of a sudden your baby is growing up and at a stage of becoming independent and yet still needing guidance from parents although he or she may think that everything is under control. Then the point of needing to know your adolescent child is addressed, and also knowing yourself. Conflict between parents and adolescents and also conflict between parents is addressed as this seems to be common as well when trying to deal with tension and stressful situations. Rae provides guidance, ideas and tips for maintaining one's marriage and remaining strong as a couple and also as parents.

It is important for anyone picking up this book to remember that it is not a "quick fix" guide, as soon as this book is read, all of the troubles are going to be gone. Rae is offering guidance, support and encouragement to parents. The style that Rae writes in is non-judgmental and is encouraging. It is always comforting to know that you are not alone dealing with something and someone else has dealt with the same issues in their own lives. I found this book to be a great guide filled with many things to think about before your child has reached adolescence as many things can be done as a preventive measure such as knowing your child's peer group and being an involved parent. This is a good book to read and ponder as parents.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review.*

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