Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review: Tough Guys & Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens:
How not to get Blindsided by your child's teen years.
By:  Mark Gregston
About the Book:
Parents of preteens and teens can move from scared to prepared with a new approach to parenting their adolescents.
Parents of preteens intuitively know that no matter how good their kids are, there is turbulence ahead. Many feel lost and unprepared as they watch the damaging effects of culture collide with their child's growing pains and raging hormones.
For the past 35 years Mark Gregston has lived and worked with struggling teens and knows what it takes to reach them. He says, "A parent's success has little to do with either the validity of their words or their intent as messengers, it's more about how they approach their child and engage with them."
The book is divided into three sections:
*What's so different about today's culture *Why traditional parenting no longer works *A new model for parenting teens
Foundational and practical, and written from the crucible of experience, Tough Guys and Drama Queens answers the questions that parents are asking, helping them become the parents their children need them to be.

My Review:
As a mom who is about to have 3 teens, I was excited to get this book as I am entering into a territory I know nothing about.  I know what it was like for me as a teen, but let's face it, times are different and things aren't as easy as they were when I was younger.  Knowing that I need a plan and that I do have 2 tough guys and 1 drama queen I was interested to learn how I can get through these next 5 or so years! I really got it with this book... today's culture is much more advanced than in my day and the traditional parenting that my mom exhibited doesn't work with my kids.  I get responses I would never have dreamed up when I was that age.  My kids are pretty good they don't drink or smoke, hang out where they shouldn't be and for the most part do what I ask of them, but there are many times when I look at them and just wonder... where did you come from??!! lol  This book will help you to see why the times are different and shows how those discipline rules of the past, just don't work.  There is even a conversation starter section at the end to help parents get insight into their child as well as getting the conversations between ya'll started.  This is a practical guide to dealing with many issues that teens and parents of teens are facing.  Two thumbs up!

*I received this book compliments of BookSneeze for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to thank you for giving the rest of us hope :) This sounds like it would be a great read!


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