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How to Really Parent Your Teenager: Raising Balanced Teens in an Unbalanced World Review by Tina Rice

By Ross Campbell, MD, with Rob Suggs
Foreword by Gary Chapman, PhD
W Publishing Group
A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers
P.O. Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214

How To Really Parent your Teenager (HRPT) written by Ross Campbell, MD, author of How to Really Love your Child, is a "self-help" parenting guidebook for parents of teenagers. HRPT contains 12 chapters, a study guide, notes, and suggestions for using the book in a group.

The first chapter is titled "A Stranger in the House," and it gives an overview of a parent's role in navigating the teen years. Following chapters deal with such things as anger, self-control, love, discipline, values, and anxiety and depression.

Interspersed throughout each chapter are key points in large print that draw your eye to read them. Three of my favorites are:

  • Parenting and 'peaceful coexistence' don't go together."
  • When you listen to what God says about you and reinforce it through self-talk, you provide your own encouragement to be strong."
  • A teenager is like a mirror; she reflects what she is given."

I enjoyed reading HRPT. I recommend it to all parents of preteens and teenagers. We live in a fast-paced, media-fixated world and often need to be recharged as parents. I read numerous parenting books each year, and this is the best one yet. I can't think of a thing I would change, and I look forward to reading Dr. Campbell's next book.

Product review by Tina Rice, Contributing Writer, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2006