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Why Girls Talk--And What They're Really Saying: A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen

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Publisher Comments:

Praise for the authors' previous book Mom, Can I Move Back in With You?<P>"This book worked for me. It is educational in the best sense of the word. It helps us act more effectively and adaptively in our family environments. I recommend it highly."<BR>--Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia<P>All sweet and light one minute and full of irrational fury the next, teenage girls can be a roller-coaster ride of high drama and low moments. And because they tend to talk more than adolescent boys, parents often assume that daughters are better than sons at communicating their feelings. In reality, it is often difficult to sort through the noise and accurately decode their intended messages.<P>Even though she may never say it directly, your daughter needs your understanding and support now as much as she ever did. As a parent, you owe it to your daughter to keep the lines of communication open to maintain positive emotional connections with her, and this book can show you how. It provides you with the tools you need to: Cut through the drama to what your daughter is really trying to tell you Avoid becoming overinvolved in your daughter's life Help your daughter connect with her authentic self and become more capable and self-confident

Review:

" While there are books that analyze girls' talk — particularly mean-spirited, gossipy talk — this really isn't one of them. Rather, it's aimed at helping parents — particularly moms — stay connected with their teenage daughters. Gordon and Shaffer (Why Boys Don't Talk and Why It Matters) have worked with teens and their families in both therapeutic and policy contexts. As they see it, teenage girls are on a quest to discover their true identities apart from the kids they used to be. Parents need to find ways to stay engaged with their daughters while simultaneously giving them space to develop some autonomy, though that isn't easy. Moms in particular, the authors say, come to the teen years with their own baggage — particularly unresolved fights with parents and new concerns over aging. Even the unencumbered parent can feel challenged by the problem of balancing a daughter's need for more freedom against parental responsibility for oversight, if not actual control. After discussing these issues at length, the authors itemize '13 Strategic Solutions.' While there's also the usual material on eating disorders and nontraditional families and raising daughters of color, and it's all nicely feminist and upbeat — what the harassed parent really needs is the aforementioned brief, clearly stated list of dos, don'ts and try not tos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Helps parents cut through the drama of teenage daughters and maintain positive emotional connections

Because adolescent girls tend to talk so much, parents often assume that girls are easier to communicate with than boys. In reality, much of what teenage girls say is the opposite of a healthy expression of emotion--often taking the form of fighting, brooding hostility, or, at times, overinvolvement. While recent bestsellers such as Queen Bees and Odd Girl Out explore the social and psychological pressures that inform teenage girls' behavior, they provide little or no guidance on how to manage the communication problems that develop between parents and their daughters.

Why Girls Talk--and What They're Really Saying does that and much more. Based on the authors' years of clinical and research experience, it:

  • Deconstructs the ways girls communicate with their parents--especially mothers
  • Arms parents with tools for cutting through the chatter and drama and getting at what their daughters are really saying
  • Helps moms and dads to avoid becoming overinvolved in their daughters lives and to set healthy boundaries

Synopsis:

Why Girls Talk--and What They're Really Saying does that and much more. Based on the authors' years of clinical and research experience, it:
- Deconstructs the ways girls communicate with their parents--especially mothers
- Arms parents with tools for cutting through the chatter and drama and getting at what their daughters are really saying
- Helps moms and dads to avoid becoming overinvolved in their daughters lives and to set healthy boundaries

About the Author

Susan Morris Shaffer is a parenting expert, a nationally acclaimed gender equity specialist, and an educator with more than thirty years of experience. Linda Perlman Gordon, M.S.W., M.Ed., is a clinical social worker, trained mediator, and a graduate of the prestigious Family Therapy Practice Center. They are coauthors of Why Boys Don't Talk--and Why It Matters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071417860
Subtitle:
A Parent's Survival Guide to Connecting with Your Teen
Author:
Shaffer, Susan Morri
Author:
Gordon, Linda Perlman
Author:
Shaffer, Susan Morris
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Life Stages - Teenagers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
9.08x6.06x.66 in. .75 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , " While there are books that analyze girls' talk — particularly mean-spirited, gossipy talk — this really isn't one of them. Rather, it's aimed at helping parents — particularly moms — stay connected with their teenage daughters. Gordon and Shaffer (Why Boys Don't Talk and Why It Matters) have worked with teens and their families in both therapeutic and policy contexts. As they see it, teenage girls are on a quest to discover their true identities apart from the kids they used to be. Parents need to find ways to stay engaged with their daughters while simultaneously giving them space to develop some autonomy, though that isn't easy. Moms in particular, the authors say, come to the teen years with their own baggage — particularly unresolved fights with parents and new concerns over aging. Even the unencumbered parent can feel challenged by the problem of balancing a daughter's need for more freedom against parental responsibility for oversight, if not actual control. After discussing these issues at length, the authors itemize '13 Strategic Solutions.' While there's also the usual material on eating disorders and nontraditional families and raising daughters of color, and it's all nicely feminist and upbeat — what the harassed parent really needs is the aforementioned brief, clearly stated list of dos, don'ts and try not tos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Helps parents cut through the drama of teenage daughters and maintain positive emotional connections

Because adolescent girls tend to talk so much, parents often assume that girls are easier to communicate with than boys. In reality, much of what teenage girls say is the opposite of a healthy expression of emotion--often taking the form of fighting, brooding hostility, or, at times, overinvolvement. While recent bestsellers such as Queen Bees and Odd Girl Out explore the social and psychological pressures that inform teenage girls' behavior, they provide little or no guidance on how to manage the communication problems that develop between parents and their daughters.

Why Girls Talk--and What They're Really Saying does that and much more. Based on the authors' years of clinical and research experience, it:

  • Deconstructs the ways girls communicate with their parents--especially mothers
  • Arms parents with tools for cutting through the chatter and drama and getting at what their daughters are really saying
  • Helps moms and dads to avoid becoming overinvolved in their daughters lives and to set healthy boundaries

"Synopsis" by , Why Girls Talk--and What They're Really Saying does that and much more. Based on the authors' years of clinical and research experience, it:
- Deconstructs the ways girls communicate with their parents--especially mothers
- Arms parents with tools for cutting through the chatter and drama and getting at what their daughters are really saying
- Helps moms and dads to avoid becoming overinvolved in their daughters lives and to set healthy boundaries
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