Synopses & Reviews
Parenting Expert Carl Pickhardt Shows How the Bonds Between Fathers and Teens Can Be Strengthened
Many fathers feel unprepared for their child's adolescence, in their denial, often times preferring to believe that it will only happen to other people's children. In this sensitive and forthright book, Carl Pickhardt stresses that fathers need to become informed about changes and challenges that normally unfold. Helping caring fathers navigate the four crucial and often perplexing stages of adolescence, The Connected Father describes:
* how fathers can learn to be better listeners
* why they have trouble communicating and what to do about it
* different emotional changes between mid- and late-adolescence
* how to encourage independence while setting limits
* how fathers can talk to teens about drugs, sex, the internet, relationships, and more
"As the father of two teenagers, I found Pickhardt's book to be an important, supportive, and straightforward look at one of the most challenging stages of fatherhood."--Armin Brott, author of The Expectant Father and Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge, and Change
Most parents--and fathers in particular--are woefully unprepared for their child's adolescence which, in their denial, they believe won't happen, or will only happen to other people's children. Noted parenting expert Carl Pickhardt believes that since all children have to grow through this transformation, fathers need to become informed about changes and challenges that normally unfold. This book provides caring fathers with ways to stay involved as children grow through four predictable stages of adolescence into adulthood. It describes:* how fathers can learn to be better listeners* why fathers have trouble communicating * different emotional changes between mid- and late-adolescence* how to encourage independence while setting limits* how to talk to teens about drugs, peer pressure, abusive relationships, and morePickhardt offers universal tips for fathers, helping them realize their unique roles in supporting and guiding children through "the hard half of parenting" - the teen years.
A modern guide on how to become--and remain--an involved and influential father during the adolescent passage
About the Author
Carl E. Pickhardt is the author of nine popular parenting and child-rearing titles, including Keys to Successful Stepfathering, The Everything® Parent's Child to the Strong-Willed Child, and The Everything® Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline. A psychologist in private lecturing practice, he lives in Austin, Texas.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Critical Distinctions for Readers to Understand * Chapter Two: Why Fathers Disconnect from Adolescents * Chapter Three: The Problem with Work * Chapter Four: Clarifying Expectations for Adolescent Change * Chapter Five: Fathering in Early Adolescence (ages 9 - 13) * Chapter Six: Fathering in Mid-adolescence (ages 13 - 15) * Chapter Seven: Fathering in Late Adolescence (ages 15 - 18) * Chapter Eight: Fathering in Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23) * Chapter Nine: Maintaining Authority * Chapter Ten: Conducting Communication * Chapter Eleven: Fathering a Teenage Daughter * Chapter Twelve: Fathering a Teenage Son * A Final Word * APPENDICES * Further Reading * Helpful Websites * Support Groups * INDEX