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Book Review: Parenting Teens With Love And Logic

Make parenting more enjoyable and relaxing!

As parents, our job is to help our kids navigate the teen years and become healthy and productive adults. In the modern, fast-paced, ever-changing world, parents need all the help they can get. “Parenting Teens With Love And Logic” by Foster Cline and Jim Fay is an essential book for parents.

The Love and Logic philosophy and methods provide parenting tools that have been shown to work by parents and educators for more than 30 years. The concepts, methods, and techniques described can make for a rewarding family life and a great future for your children. The authors emphasize that Love and Logic does not guarantee angelic teens, but rather gives parents a healthy perspective on parenting teens and proven strategies to help teens grow into responsible adults.

Parenting Teens With Love And Logic is divided into three sections:

  1. Section 1: Love and Logic Parents Grow Up

  2. Section 2: Living On The Edge: The Wild And Wonderful Challenges Of Parenting Teens

  3. Section 3: Love And Logic Parenting Pearls

Parents Grow Up

The first part of the book outlines the Love and Logic parenting approach and compares it to common parenting styles, such as Helicopter Parents and Drill Sergeant parents. The authors explain the rationale behind the Consulting Parent approach championed by Love and Logic and how to apply the Consulting  Parent techniques in different situations.

You will learn:

  1. How to help your teen make the right choices.

  2. How to avoid counter-productive control battles.

  3. How to offer your teen acceptable choices.

Living On The Edge

When parenting teens, parents need to learn how to relax. Being able to relax through challenging situations is the first step to meet the challenges of parenting teens.  The authors go through some of the changes that will be taking place in your teen. Your teens go through dramatic cognitive, hormonal and physical changes, not to mention the social pressures of being a teen. Understanding these changes common to all teens help parents approach situations with cool heads.

Teens, like parents, have their types. They have common experiences that they all go through. Learn how to see patterns and expect the unexpected. And don’t forget to relax! The more you understand of your teens experience, the better you will be as a Consultant Parent.

You will learn:

  1. How to deal with rebellion.

  2. When to recognize trouble.

  3. How to show them affection and affirmation.

  4. How to set effective rules.

  5. How parents can change to be better.

Parenting Pearls

The final section offers sage advice on a variety of situations that you may encounter. The Parenting Pearls section is like a recipe book for parenting teens in different situations. The advice given is not just about problem situations. They cover everyday situations dealing with money, music, using the car, and a many other common aspects of parent-teen relationships.

This section, as well as the other sections, is filled with anecdotes to illustrate the point being made. This gives parents a clear idea of how to deal with situations and how situations may evolve. Knowing what may happen and being forearmed with an action plan helps parents cope and stay grounded during stressful situations. Parenting Pearls gives you an excellent head start.

You will learn:

  1. How to have that sex talk.

  2. How to understand strange dress codes and piercings.

  3. How to deal with teen anger.

  4. And many more common themes.

Essential For Successful Parenting

Love and Logic is a philosophy used by parents and educators around the world. It is a psychologically sound set of methods and techniques designed to help parents raise healthy, well-adjusted children. At Fire Mountain, we consider this book to be essential reading for parents with teens or kids about to enter their teenage years.

Link to Love and Logic website.

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