CARING FOR YOUR TEENAGER: The Complete and Authoritative Guide

Donald E. Greydanus, Author, Philip Bashe, Author, Donald Greydanus, Editor . Bantam $13.95 (624p) ISBN 978-0-553-37996-9

This updated guide to the teenage years presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics draws on the expertise of numerous pediatricians and covers the physiological, cognitive and emotional development of the adolescent. The book reassuringly walks parents through such important issues as talking about sex and drugs, planning for college, adjusting to middle school and getting along with peers. Important sections address physical activity, sports, and nutritional needs, as well as emotional problems kids may encounter during these turbulent years. Common medical problems confronted by teens, ranging from acne to mono, are also addressed. While pointing out that teens crave time alone as well as time with peers, the authors stress that adolescents also need their parents more than ever. The book speaks to traditional nuclear families as well as to single, divorced, gay and lesbian, and blended families in its all-inclusive approach. The text will serve as a useful tool as parents deal with the "seesawing moods, penchant for challenging authority and lapses in judgment" likely to occur as their teen approaches adulthood and asserts his independence. This comprehensive guide offers straightforward answers to a wide range of questions parents will face during the challenging but rewarding adolescent years. (Apr.)

Forecast:Parents familiar with the series will be happy to see this update on teen development. Compared to what's available on younger kids, there's not a lot out there on teens, especially of such a comprehensive nature.

Reviewed on: 03/03/2003
Release date: 04/01/2003
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