Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - What Do You Expect? She's A Teenager!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Book Review - What Do You Expect? She's A Teenager!

About the Book
"I'm in your corner, I know you can do this...Moms are their daughters' secret weapons and their very best defense." That's Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, a nationally recognized family and marriage psychotherapist who has specialized in teen issue for more than 30 years, encouraging mothers of teenage daughters. Based on her renowned clinical practice, as well as her own personal experience parenting her daughter, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters 11-19 is the ultimate preparation manual and survival guide for mothers of tweens and teens.

Packed with scripts, tips, expert interviews, real-life vignettes, stories and helpful conversation starters, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! prepares moms in advance for the issue they'll face, from the familiar teen problems-sex, drugs and alcohol use-to newer territory---cyberbullying, sexting, rainbow parties, and internet pornography. Greenspan-Goldberg explains her unique philosophy of Aerial Parenting, which helps gain mom perspective and how to respond rather than react. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, she argues against curfews and punishments, and instead tells us to expect our daughters to make mistakes and enlist them in creating their own solutions. With dedicated chapters ranging from technology to body image, family dynamics to dating, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is Arden's essential and accessible primer providing mothers with much-needed guidance for surviving and thriving during the teen years with the ultimate goal of bringing out the best in both you and your daughter.

About the Author

Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., B.C.D., is a nationally known family and marriage psychotherapist who has specialized in teen issues for more than 30 years. She has been a nationally featured expert on The View, MSNBC, CNBC, and more. She currently practices in New City, New York, and New York City. Visit for more information.
My Take on the Book

One of the biggest fears right now is about what I have in store for me once my eldest and then both of my girls make it into their teenage years. I mean, I was a good kid during high school and really did not make too many waves (or at least that is what my parents say now). Thus for me it is hard to fathom what it could be like to have a child that does not do this (though I know that many are not like this).

What I liked about this book was that it was set up like a reference guide and had the answers to almost any question that I could think of in helping your teenage daughter. Also, the book is set up to be practical with so many examples of real life teenagers and their mothers and it is through these examples where the reader can see themselves. There are also a ton of checklists and sections where the reader is asked to put themselves in the learning role and having yourself ask hard questions about where you are truly at with your relationship with your daughter(s) during their teenage years.

If you have a tween or teenage girl or if you have a daughter younger than this, this book would definitely be the type of book that could be a lifesaver!

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