Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Book Review: The Teen Whisperer

This review will be right to the point, friends.

Right to the point because that is the style in which The Teen Whisperer was written.

Mike Linderman has written a book that you should read if you are the parent of a teenager, or have children that will be entering their teens.

There are times when I get sentimental about things, as you know, but not about this subject. I have an eighteen year old daughter, and I thank God for the fact that she seems to be quite healthy and isn't acting out at all. I have an almost-nine-year-old daughter who is also quite healthy and doesn't seem to be exhibiting any unusual behaviors. I'm glad about this book, anyway.

The author discusses the reasons why children, particularly teenagers, act out, and talks about ways of dealing with those issues. I think that he hits the nail on the head, but the most important part of this book is the discussion of communicating with your teen child. I'm a man, and try as I might, communication isn't always easy for me (shocking, right?), well, the author helps with this, which is important, because as the song said: "communication is the problem to the answer"

Linderman writes in a direct manner, without a lot of sugar-coating, and without a lot of clinical psychobabble that leaves you with a headache like the one I had after drinking some questionable booze in Okinawa when I was in the Marines many years ago.

Simply put, this book is something that you should read before your children become teenagers! Read it, and perhaps you can mitigate problems on the rise instead of dealing with full-blown issues later on.

Read it.

Trust me.

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PunditMom said...

I will put it on my list, GF. Interestingly, we had an amazing communication moment this week. Instead of getting all huffy and mad, PunditGirl told me very calmly that she would prefer if I not work on the computer when she gets home from school because she wants to spend more time reading -- with me. I just about fell over and thought, if only this could last.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I was wondering about that book. I think I'll get on the list at the library. I also have a healthy ds, 14, who doesn't act out, but I'm not naive enough to think it couldn't happen.

Fourier Analyst said...

I'm ordering this now. With the current crisis with DD1 I am desperate for any and all help! We have an appointment with the child psychologist on Wednesday. But I know that professionals are not always what they should be. Hope this has something we can use!