The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It

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Being a good parent is one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding, jobs a person can have in his or her lifetime. Being the parent of a teen is an especially daunting phase of the journey. As parents begin to notice the significant changes that come with adolescence (physical changes brought about by puberty, the constant angst and moodiness, and of course the classic eye-rolling and the I-know-it-all attitude), they wonder just what happened to their happy, sweet, and affectionate young boy or girl. Parents sit by amazed—and often lost and unprepared—as they witness their child morph and mutate into a full-blown pubescent display of emotions.

The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It, written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period. Dr. Sara Villanueva, a prominent psychologist specializing in the adolescent years, shares relevant research findings so that parents can be informed of the facts as opposed to making assumptions based on ubiquitous but questionable sources. Most of all it will provide parents of teenagers with perspective in the midst of angst so they can come away with the sense that:

  1. They are not alone in their experience of raising teens; many, many people have gone through it and we can all relate to and learn from one another.
  2. Most of what your teen is feeling and expressing is normal and falls within the expected range of behavior for adolescent development.
  3. Despite the challenges involved in parenting teens, we should take time to focus on the positive things in life and live with our child through the tough adolescent years so that we emerge on the other side with friendship and a deeper bond.

As a psychologist and mother of four, the author shares both research-based and first-hand advice on how to navigate the teen years and live to laugh about it.
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ISBN-13: 9781629560762
ISBN-10: 1629560766
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 137 x 213 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
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“Villanueva, a developmental psychologist, uses an informal, conversational style in this helpful parenting book, sharing anecdotes from her own experiences as a mother of four who is currently raising two teens, as well as up-to-date information on brain development. Villanueva reminds readers that risky behaviors by teens reflect the fact that their brains are not yet fully developed. She also warns against ‘drawing a line in the sand” as teens are likely to respond to ‘forbidden fruits’ with rebellion. With its encouraging tone, Villanueva’s friendly primer will help parents learn to appreciate, enjoy, and accept their teens as they are, while patiently negotiating the challenges and changes inherent in adolescence.” – Publishers Weekly

“With humor and great warmth, Sara Villanueva tackles issues that can seem unsettling or bewildering to most parents. Her voice is reassuring, and by the end of the book you know you're not only up for the challenge of parenting a teen, but that you're not in it alone.” – Ami Albernaz, Boston Globe contributor

“While reading The Angst of Adolescence, I loved Sara’s conversational voice, assurance, examples, information, and humor. I can't imagine any parent of a teen who wouldn't enjoy and profit from this mix of professional with personal insight.” – Carl Pickhardt, PhD, author of the blog and book, Surviving Your Child's Adolescence

“Sara Villanueva does a masterful job of balancing the sound advice of an experienced parent with the scientific literature of adolescent development and parenting. She strikes a tone that is both authoritative and completely conversational. I feel better equipped to tackle my son’s upcoming transition into adolescence and wish this kind of parenting instruction manual were available sooner.” – Russell Frohardt, professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, St. Edward’s University

“Sara Villanueva brings to light what so many parents of teens are feeling. By providing humorous anecdotes mixed with sound, research-based advice, all delivered in a relaxed and relatable style, she informs and reassures parents of the wonderful world of adolescence and how they can learn to laugh about it.” – Vicki Hoefle, author of The Straight Talk on Parenting and the best-selling Duct Tape Parenting

The Angst of Adolescence will help every parent understand how to go through this difficult stage without losing their mind. According to Sara Villanueva, you could even have some fun along the way!” – Jennifer Kerzil, PhD, associate professor of psychology, Universite´ Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, France

“Such a remarkable and much needed book! Dr. Villanueva’s voice and personal stories, combined with her professional expertise, set the tone and made me laugh out loud! As a Dean of Students at a liberal arts university, and as a parent of a 16-year-old, the wisdom shared in this book is ‘just in time’ and speaks to the tumultuous times of transition that our teens experience and that we, as parents, encounter too. Her insight is smart, authentic, and extremely hopeful!” – Lisa L. Kirkpatrick, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, St. Edward's University

"Dr. Villanueva has captured the real Angst of Adolescence, as experienced by teens AND their parents. Blending her knowledge as both a developmental psychologist and a mother of teens, she gives parents valuable information about caring for and raising teens while also caring for ourselves as our kids grow up, move on and begin their adult lives." – Stacey Borasky, Ed. D, MSW, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Social Work, Sociology and Criminology, St. Edward’s University

"Ease your angst of raising adolescents with this contemporary, honest, hilarious and research based 'manual' for not only surviving, but thriving as parents of adolescents. Through her own experiences as a mother of four and her expertise as a developmental psychologist, Dr. Villanueva captures the parenting struggles of raising adolescents and delivers an optimistic, empathetic, and fulfilling account that all parents of adolescents can relate to." – Delia Kothmann Paskos, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Edward’s University

The Angst of Adolescence is a refreshing perspective for parents of teenagers. Sara Villanueva welcomes us inside the teenage brain with familiar examples, personal experiences, and scientific facts about adolescent development. Readers will be gain conviction to stay connected and to keep conversations going with teenagers. Villanueva is an encouraging and positive guide for parents to help their teenagers negotiate the complicated and distracting aspects of being a teenager in the digital age.” – Cindy Pierce, author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World

The Angst of Adolescence is a refreshing approach to the tough teen years. Sara Villanueva offers both guidance and support, with a delivery that made me laugh out loud.” – Yalda Uhls, PhD. author of Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age

Notă biografică

Sara Villanueva, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. As a development psychologist and a mother of four children (three in adolescence), she shares first-hand, real-life experiences of the perilous joys of raising teens. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and then went on to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Her area of specialization is in Adolescent Development with a specific focus on Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Parenting from various cultural perspectives. She teaches a range of courses such as Adolescent Psychology, Child Development, Cross Cultural Lifespan Development, Developmental Psychopathology, and Human Sexuality. She also conducts research and has studied teens and their families for years. In addition, she has also published many articles and given a significant number of presentations to both academic and professional organizations around the globe.