Posted by: irenesroth | September 29, 2012

Book Review for Booksneeze

Tough Guys and Drama Queens
How Not to Get Blindsided by Your Child’s Teen Years
By Mark Gregston

Do you struggle trying to bring up your kids with the proper balance of love and discipline that is needed to develop a well-rounded teen and adult? Are you able to handle your kids, given peer pressure and the media’s constant bombardment of their time and attention? If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, this book is definitely for you!

Gregston’s book is a wake-up call for all parents who are struggling with their kids. It is a hopeful book, one that will take a parent step-by-step towards a richer and better relationship with their kids. One of the worse struggles that parents face with their kids is their teen years. There is no getting away from the constant turmoil and upheaval, is there? Parents can take these years and make it their best ones with their teen. And who knows, the parent may even be able to develop a close relationship of open and honest connection with their teen too that will last right into their adult years.

Mark’s book discusses parenting practices to avoid and those that really work. Because Mark runs Heartfelt Ministries, he’s seen first-hand what works and what doesn’t with parenting styles. He has counselled and helped teens and their parents grow closer with one another. Teens need their parents to be able to maneuver through the maze of today’s culture. And parents can do this through love and by realizing that the way they brought up as kids is not the way that kids today should be brought up. There is a crucial difference between today’s culture and yesteryear. Today teens have to live with overexposure to everything, lacking a real connection with each other, having over-responsible parents, lack of respect, loss of gender differences, and living with a constant uncertainty. These things cause a lot of difficult for the average teenager growing up.

We could all develop a friendly and loving relationship with our children, one in which open and honest connection is paramount. All we need to do is to instill some of the principles that Mark discusses in his wonderfully insightful book.

I loved Mark’s book from beginning to end. I read it slowly in order to gain a real appreciation of it, writing a lot of notes. And because I write articles for teens in my local newspaper, I will be including some of Mark’s wisdom to write my columns for parents and teens in the future. Mark’s book will make you laugh and cry. So, get ready for a wonderful and joyous journey as you sit down to read this GREAT book! And enjoy your child’s teen years—they go by very quickly!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed: by Irene S. Roth

I received this kindle e-book from Thomas Nelson’s through BookSneeze.com, http://BookSneeze.com book reviewers program. The views in this book review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255.

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