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Expert suggestions for guiding your child through the rough teenage years Does it sometimes seem like your teenager is trying to push you over the edge? Learn what your child is going through and what you can do to help your teen navigate this difficult period in this practical guide from psychologist and parenting expert Carl Pickhardt. In an easy-to-read style, Dr. Pickhardt describes a 4-stage model of adolescent growth to help parents anticipate common developmental changes in their daughter or son from late elementary school through the college age years. Provides unique advice for dealing with arguing, chores, the messy room, homework, and many other issues Offers best practices for teaching effective communication, constructive conflict, and responsible decision-making Includes ideas for protecting kids against the dangers of the Internet, bullying, dating, sexual involvement, and substance use An essential road map for parents looking to guide their children on the path to adulthood. Five Parental Adjustments to Their Child’s Adolescence The parent will be less fully informed: "I must get by on less information than I would ideally like to know." The parent will find the relationship less compatible: "We do not share as much in common as we once did." The parent will be left more alone: "I am no longer my child's favored company." The parent will be less in charge: "I have less influence to get my way." The parent will be in more opposition: "We have more frequent disagreements between us now." Surviving Your Child's Adolescence is a parent playbook that helps turn adjustments like these into opportunities for staying connected as the push toward independence is causing teenager and parent to grow apart, which is what adolescence is meant to do. Cartoon Visuals from author Carl Pickhardt "If you want me to be more independent, just give me more support." "I already told you! I'm leaving. I'll be with friends. We're going to hang out. And I'll be back later. What more do you need to know?" "What do you mean 'inconsistent'? All I'm asking is for you to act grown up and remember you're still a child!"