Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Child Became a Teenager

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A book review of Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Child Became a Teenager by Gary Chapman

A book review of Things I Wish I'd Known Before My Child Became a Teenager by Gary Chapman

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Northfield Publishing (2021)
Parenting Teenagers/Christian Family
176 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Gary Chapman, beloved author of The 5 Love Languages®, has raised two kids of his own, so he knows what it’s like to ride the roller coaster of parenting teens. Now he combines the hard-earned wisdom of a parent with the expertise of a counselor to help you know what to look out for. You’ll learn:

The transition from childhood to adulthood is hard for everyone. Physical changes—on the inside as well as the outside—make for a lot of ups and downs. The teenage years are turbulent, no question about it. But if you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t despair. There’s a way through!

  • That teens are still developing the ability to think logically
  • That teens need to learn how to apologize and forgive
  • And most importantly, that a parent’s example is more important that their words

Though the years ahead will be demanding, you don’t have to feel helpless. Let Gary Chapman point the way you as you guide your child through this challenging yet rewarding new stage of life.

Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Child Became a Teenager

Gary Chapman’s books are always good and while this wasn’t one of his best, it WAS good. I already have 3 teenagers so I’m reading this a little late. It would be better to read it before you have a teenager like is recommended.

The topics are the following:

  • Teens are Developing the Ability to Think Logically
  • Culture Greatly Influences Teens
  • Teens Need to Feel Loved
  • Teens are Moving Toward Independence
  • Teens Need to Learn Social Skills
  • Teens Need to Learn How to Process Anger
  • Teens Need to Learn How to Apologize and Forgive
  • Teens Need Guidance
  • Teens Need to Learn an Attitude and Forgive
  • Teens Emotional Health Greatly Impacts Educational Success
  • Teens Need Spiritual Direction
  • That a Parent’s Model is More Important Than Their Words

It can be easy to assume that since teens are almost adults, they are mature and you should expect a lot from them. This book shows us that they are still learning many things.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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