Synopses & Reviews
The course of teen love never did run smooth, but these days it seems bumpier than ever. Children are growing up faster and pushing the boundaries of sexuality earlier, as well as facing new kinds of pressures most parents have never even dreamed of.
You cannot shut down your daughter's hormones. What she is feeling—the thrill of romantic anticipation and the euphoria of falling in love—is biologically programmed and age appropriate. But watching your daughter discover boys is both exciting and scary. Before you lies a major challenge: helping your daughter navigate the oncoming rush of romance during the young adolescent and teen years.
Boy Crazy! shows you how to recognize and remember what your daughter is going through—the excitement of a first date, the throes of a first crush, or the pain of a first broken heart. It also gives you insight into what teen love is like today, and helps you establish yourself as your familys authority on relationships—no longer will daughters feel starved for guidance and forced to turn to the suspect guidance of the media or peers.
Learning how to enjoy romance and build healthy relationships are some of the most important skills to have throughout our lives. This book is a blueprint to understanding and helping your coming-of-age daughter start to develop those skills.
"This fun-to-read book covers the gamut of 'tweenager' experience in a light but direct way that'll help anxious parents navigate those rocky years when their daughters discover boys are more than cootie-carriers. Authors Giannetti and Sagarese (The Roller-Coaster Years; Parenting 911) advocate a hands-off-ish approach when it comes to their daughters' social lives: being interested is good, but don't use every date, dance or social function as an excuse to interrogate. Fathers are warned to be cool and perhaps watch Casablanca to jumpstart talks about awkward subjects. The authors don't shirk the darker side of contemporary teen romance, proffering tips on how to cope with your child's online romances, 'cyberbullying' and the dreaded teenage rumor mill; and how to address sexuality in a technology-saturated world. (That ubiquitous accessory, the camera phone, will seem less innocent as the pages fly by.) A chapter on dating in a 'multiracial environment' addresses some parents' fears about whether their daughters 'will encounter prejudice, even violence,' if they date across racial or ethnic lines. Though this is far from the only book on parenting a teen, the authors' casual writing style and perspective on the world of today's adults-in-training make it a winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
What does it mean when our daughters are playing with Barbie one day and dressing like her the next? When their buddy lists are filled with guys’ nicknames? It means they are feeling the euphoria of falling in love, a reaction that is biologically determined and age appropriate. But being a natural stage of development doesn’t make it any easier for parents. Boy Crazy!
does—it offers a blueprint for understanding your daughters and guiding them through the first thrills of romance.
Boy Crazy! gives parents a much-needed framework for teaching their daughters one of life’s most important skills: how to build lasting, enjoyable relationships based on honesty, trust, and respect. It shows parents how to recognize and remember what their daughters are going through–the excitement of a first date, the throes of a first crush, or the pain of their first broken heart. Most important, this frank, friendly book helps moms and dads establish themselves as their family’s authority on relationships. No longer will daughters feel starved for guidance and forced to turn to the suspect advice of the media or peers.
This guide offers parents a much-needed framework for teaching their daughters one of life's most important skills: how to build lasting, enjoyable relationships based on honesty, trust, and respect.
About the Author
CHARLENE C. GIANNETTI is a journalist and mother of two and lives in New York City. MARGARET SAGARESE is a former teacher and mother of one. She lives on Long Island. Together, they have written five other parenting books, including The Roller-Coaster Years and Cliques.