Parenting teenagers can be tricky at the best of times. But when the tough issues arise - behavioural problems, unacceptable risk-taking, bullying, alcohol abuse - things can get extremely difficult and parents can struggle with what to do. Drawing on psychologist Michael Hawton's 30 years of experience, Engaging Adolescents is a practical guide to help you steer your teenager through the challenging times with confidence.
The book covers the following areas: teenagers and what helps them develop personal control; how to sort out behaviour so you don't over react; what we can learn from watching professionals who manage emergencies; and, proven, practical methods for managing tempestuous teenagers.
Using case studies and based on universally-accepted mediation principles, this is a highly practical, skills-based book that gives you the tools to resolve conflict and build better family relationships. Engaging Adolescents offers a clear, method-based approach to ease the distress of parents experiencing difficulties with their teenagers' behaviour.
Michael Hawton is a registered psychologist with over 30 years of experience. He is a listed clinical expert with the NSW Children's Court and an expert witness in the Family Court of Australia. A former teacher, Michael has spent much of his career working with parents and their children, and has been teaching family services workers and educational leaders in the area of behaviour management for over a decade. Michael has developed parent education programs that have been taught to over 100,000 parents and professionals since 2006. A father of two, Michael brings a clear and unambiguous method-based approach to ease the distress of parents experiencing difficulties with their teenagers' behaviour.
Preface Part One: The Teenage Landscape 1. Raising teenagers these days 2. What teenagers can and can't do 3. Mind maintenance for teenagers 4. The nature of difficult behaviour in teenagers Part Two: Using Scripts So You Don't Flip Your Lid 5. Why scripts matter 6. PASTA for teenagers 7. Holding your nerve Part Three: Case Studies and Worksheets to Use At Home 8. Three serves of PASTA 9. Advanced lessons in taming tigers 10. Instructions for using scripts 11. They won't know how to negotiate unless someone shows them. Conclusion Acknowledgements Bibliography Resources Index