Book Review: The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood by Michele Sfakianos

Book Details:

File Size: 311 KB
Print Length: 136 Pages
Publisher: Open Pages Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

When I say the word teenager what comes to mind? If you are like most people, the words rebellion, trouble, and stubborn come to mind. You might also think: drugs, crime, pregnancy, peer pressure, sex, puberty, driving, attitudes, relationships, irresponsible, and messy. Those about to go through the teen years might think: independence, first job, fun, sports, adventure, dating, invincible, and driving.

It is time to change the way adults see teenagers. Teens today are faced with drugs, teen pregnancy, texting or sexting, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying, and other dangers. Why do our teens use drugs and alcohol, gamble, or fall prey to other destructive behaviors such as eating disorders or cutting? We will walk through these and other scenarios, and I will offer guidance on how to get through it.

We take our children through childhood, into teenhood, and then onto adulthood. Remember: if you go into the adventure together, you will come out of it together.

About the Author:

Michele Sfakianos is a Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert, Speaker, and the Award-winning Author of “The 4-1-1 on Life Skills” (released June 2011) and “The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting” (released October 2011). Her next book, “The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood” was released October 2012. She has been previously published in Poetry Books and a Nursing Journal. Michele has an AS Degree in Computer Programming and a BS degree in Nursing. She also holds a certification in Legal Nurse Consulting. She has experience in Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, Oncology and Nursing Informatics. Michele is well respected in her areas of expertise. She currently resides in Fort Myers, FL, and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her grandson.

For more information about the author go to: http://www.my411books.com

Book Review:

The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood is a comprehensive guide to understanding the ups, downs and in-between of adolescence, but don’t wait till your child reaches his or her teens to buy this book. This book is a must-read for parents while their children are still kids to proactively help your child navigate through their teen years proactively in the safest possible manner.

This book covers everything from basic issues like growth and development, nutrition, acne, peer pressure and cell phone usage to more serious topics including shoplifting, dating abuse, drug and alcohol dependency, sex, pregnancy, self-mutilation and even suicide. And although it is written with parents in mind, the author does a good job of helping parents to see issues from a younger perspective as well.

Parenting teenagers is not easy, and anyone who thinks the terrible twos are bad has no idea of what’s ahead—that is, if you don’t prepare early. The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood breaks it down in the easiest, most digestible way. It’s all about communication with your child. Your teenager is not the enemy. Teenagers need parental guidance, especially during this long and difficult emancipation process.

Helping your child make the shift from teenager to young adult is probably the most difficult transformation for any parent. Every day can be a hormonal rollercoaster of mood swings and emotions. The more parents can prepare and arm themselves with a thorough, thoughtful guide like The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood, the better prepared they’ll be when their sweet bundles of joy aren’t quite the little cutie pies they used to be.

There’s a ton of books on the topic of parenting teenagers, but few are as insightful and compassionate as The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood. Sfakianos has created a well-written book that even the busiest parent can make time to read and begin to utilize. The author’s style is simple, clear and to the point.

The author also includes a lot of resources—even a sample “cell phone usage” contract which could easily be adapted for any number of teen privileges like driving a car or dating. We highly recommend this book for anyone who’d like a concise, straightforward book about this most uncertain time of life for both teenagers and their parents.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.

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