1-2-3 Magic Teen

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD

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Dr. Thomas W. Phelan is an internationally renowned expert, author, and lecturer on child discipline and attention deficit disorder. A registered PhD clinical psychologist, he appears frequently on radio and TV. Dr. Phelan practices and works in the western suburbs of Chicago.

From rule breaking and risk-taking to defensive communication and disrespect, parenting a teenager can feel like modern warfare—but it doesn't have to be that way. In 1-2-3 Magic Teen internationally renowned parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan explains how to better understand your teenage, which problems are not worth fighting over, and why your child's behavior likely matches the definition of a normal adolescent! With helpful, straightforward advice backed up by research and parent-tested strategies, 1-2-3 Magic Teen will help you establish a calmer, more respectful home and family life and show you how to guide your teenager into healthy, functional young adulthood.

• Learn the Language: Communicate with open and engaging language, and listen to your teenager the right way.
• Establish Expectations: Learn how to set limits while still encouraging independent decision-making and helping your child develop their emotional intelligence.
• Stay in Touch: Allow your teen to open up to you in more meaningful and inclusive ways through four simple connection-building strategies.
• Take Care of Yourself: Take time to maintain your own emotional well-being to avoid allowing your own anxieties and stresses to infuence your children.

You'll also find tools and advice tailored for the challenges of a teen lifestyle, including: Forgetting to do chores, Absence from family outings, Drop in grades, Missed curfews, Parties and drinking, and Work Responsibilities.