What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today's Challenges with Wisdom and Heart

Debra W. Haffner, Author . Newmarket $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-55704-787-8

Haffner (From Diapers to Dating ), an ordained Unitarian minister, isn't afraid to tackle the big questions, including drinking, drugs and teen sex. But while Haffner “tells it like it is,” she also presents the research and statistics to prove that many of parents' worst fears are unfounded. Instead of a media-hyped view of the challenges parents face in the 21st century, Haffner concludes that most kids are on the right track; in fact, she claims that they are “smart, committed, and engaged in their families and communities,” and that they are making better choices about health and related issues than many of their parents did at the same age. The author stresses that parenting style can have a significant impact on whether kids go down undesirable roads. Utilizing what she calls the “Affirming Parent” style, she offers a number of viable solutions to common problems, ranging from Internet use to overscheduling. Haffner covers a great deal of ground in this compact book; readers will appreciate her just-the-facts-please approach as well as her tendency to interpret the stats from the bright side. (May)

Reviewed on: 04/07/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-1-55704-726-7
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