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A parent's guide to the teen years : raising your 11- to 14-year-old in the age of chat rooms and navel rings
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Panzarine, Susan.
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New York : Checkmark Books/Facts on File, [2000]

©2000
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xvii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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English
ISBN:
9780816040322

9780816040339
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Summary

Summary

Early adolescence is the term professionals use to describe the time of life between 11 and 14 years of age: a period when young teens experience rapid and profound changes in the way they look


Author Notes

Susan Panzarine holds a doctoral degree from the University of Utah School of Nursing and has worked in the field of adolescent health for the past 20 years


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Booklist Review

Three new books offer insight and suggestions on bridging the parent-child generation gap on both age-old and brand-new problems. Bempechat, an educational researcher, examines diverging attitudes about schools: to wit, a backlash against competitiveness and pressure at the same time that there is growing concern about underachievement, particularly in math and science. She looks at the troubling trend among young people to view academic achievement as uncool, and she aims to help parents examine what influences their children's development and how social and cultural forces affect their attitudes about education. She provides suggestions on how parents can support education and blend schoolwork and homework with other aspects of children's lives. "The Talk" used to refer to sex education at home. Cappello expands the number of talks to 10 and focuses on violence, which is much more in the headlines in connection with teens and schools today. The chapters focus on different aspects of violence and how children can avoid it. Cappello aims to help children to clarify their values and parents to begin much-needed dialogue. The text is, at times, heavily scriptlike, but it includes good suggestions on how to broach this vital subject. Panzarine, a nurse specializing in adolescent health, provides a frank look at the emotional and physical changes adolescents go through and how parents may help 11-to 14-year-old children grow and mature. In question-and-answer format, she examines the increased dangers to today's young teens from the Internet, more sexually explicit entertainment, increased stress and pressure on young people, and normal tensions between parents and adolescents. --Vanessa Bush


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Early adolescence is the term professionals use to describe the time of life between 11 and 14 years of age: a period when young teens experience rapid and profound changes in the way they look, think, and act. Their swift growth, combined with the desire to rush ahead and do things on their own, create tension in the family, and is often hard for parents to understand, accept, and handle. In a lively and engaging manner, A Parent's Guide to the Teen Years helps parents redefine and adapt their roles to nurture the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of their child--and mantain their own sanity. Author Susan Panzarine focuses on the importance of parents' involvement and communication with their child during this turbulent transition period. Readers will find helpful and insightful guidance on such topics as: All in the family 90s Style: Living with Your 11- to 14-Year-Old The Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Physical Change I'm Raising Dr. Jekyll--Or Is It Mr. Hyde?: Emotional Changes Since When Did We Become Dumb and Dumber?: Cognitive Changes Stop Treating Me Like a Child: Independence Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: Experimenting and Taking Risks Couch Potato Meets Big Mac Addict: Nutrition and Physical Activity Their Circe of Friends: Peers Monday--Again?: School. Excerpted from A Parent's Guide to the Teen Years: Raising Your 11- to 14-Year-Old in the Age of Chat Rooms and Naval Rings by Susan Panzarine All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: What's So Special About Young Adolescents?p. xiii
How this book is organized
Chapter 1 All in the Family '90s Style: Living with an 11- to 14-Year-Old in the Familyp. 1
Why are we constantly arguing?
What can I do when my teenager is irritable with me for no reason?
Why don't my own experiences during adolescence help me in dealing with my teen?
Why is this such a stressful time of life for me?
Why does it seem like there's less support for raising teens now than during my parents' generation?
What can I do to get some support as a parent?
How involved should I be in my teen's day-to-day life?
How can I protect our time together as a family?
Why do I sometimes feel sad about my child maturing?
How can I talk to my kids so they'll listen?
Have you noticed that it's hard to find a time when teens really feel like talking?
Does my approach to parenting need to change?
What's the best way to set limits?
What happens when parents disagree?
Chapter 2 The Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Physical Changesp. 31
What is puberty?
What other changes do girls experience during puberty?
Should my daughter know how to do a self-breast exam?
What should I tell my daughter about menstuation?
Should my daughter use pads or tampons?
What changes do boys experience during puberty?
What should I tell my son about erections and wet dreams?
Should I discuss masturbation with my teen?
Why does my son have swollen nipples?
What should my teen do about acne?
What about perspiration and body odor?
Why is my teen having trouble seeing the board?
Why are teens so self-conscious about their appearance?
Chapter 3 I'm Raising Dr. Jekyll-Or Is It Mr. Hyde? Emotional Changesp. 51
Why is my teen so moody?
How should I deal with my teen when he's moody?
How can I tell if my teen is depressed?
If my teen is depressed, is there a risk of suicide?
Why do girls have problems in self-esteem when they become teens?
How can I bolster my teen's self-esteem?
Chapter 4 Since When Did We Become Dumb and Dumber? Cognitive Changesp. 63
How do changes in thinking affect teens' behaviors?
Why is my teen so self-centered?
Why does my teen constantly question and challenge me?
Should I treat teens any differently because of changes in the way they're thinking and acting?
How can I teach my teen to make good decisions?
Chapter 5 Stop Treating Me Like a Child! Independencep. 77
Can I expect out-and-out rebellion as my teen tries to be more independent?
Is it common for teens to be ambivalent about becoming independent?
How can I support my teen's need for independence without letting him do too much too soon?
Is it normal for young teens to want so much privacy?
Chapter 6 Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll: Experimenting and Taking Risksp. 87
Why is experimentation so important during adolescence?
Why don't teens seem to understand that they can get hurt when they take risks?
How can I encourage safety when my teen is biking?
Is experimenting with sex a normal part of early adolescence?
How do I know if my teen is at risk of having sex at an early age?
What can I do to lessen the chance that my teen will have sex at an early age?
How do I talk to my teen about sex?
What do kids this age need to know about sex?
Why do young teens start smoking?
Aren't drugs and alcohol something to worry about later on, when my kids are older?
How do I know if experimenting with substances has crossed the line into abuse?
What are the warning signs of teen drug or alcohol use?
What can I do to discourage my teen from using substances?
How can I talk to my teen about substance use?
What are some practical guidelines for Internet use?
Chapter 7 Couch Potato Meets Big Mac Addict: Nutrition and Physical Activityp. 121
Why has food become such an issue for my teenager?
What kinds of foods do teens need for healthy growth?
Why are girls so concerned with being thin?
What kind of exercise should young adolescents do to keep physically fit?
Chapter 8 Their Circle of Friends: Peersp. 135
Why are friends so important to young teens?
How do teens choose their friends?
How can I influence my teen's choice of friends?
What are the typical ways teens this age socialize?
What do I need to know about peer pressure?
How do I set guidelines for phone use?
Is dating a good idea for teens this age?
What if my teen may be homosexual?
Chapter 9 Monday-Again? Schoolp. 155
Will the middle grades be a hard adjustment for my teen?
Why doesn't my teen want to talk to me about school?
How can I help my teen be successful in school?
How involved should I be in my teen's schoolwork?
How do after-school activities affect teens' education?
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 184