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Untangled Audiobook

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

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Publisher's Summary

Lisa Damour, PhD, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct - and absolutely normal - developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including parting with childhood, contending with adult authority, entering the romantic world, and caring for themselves. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions, including:

  • My 13-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
  • Do I tell my teen daughter that I'm checking her phone?
  • My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?
  • Where's the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
  • My teenage daughter wants to know why I'm against pot when it's legal in some states. What should I say?
  • My daughter's friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl's mother to let her know?

Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect with, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

©2016 Lisa Damour (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"For years people have been asking me for the 'girl equivalent of Raising Cain', and I haven't known exactly what to recommend. Now I do." (Michael Thompson, PhD, coauthor of Raising Cain)

"An essential guide to understanding and supporting girls throughout their development. It's obvious that Dr. Damour 'gets' girls and understands the best way for any adult to help them navigate the common yet difficult challenges so many girls face." (Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes)

"A gem. Damour deftly blends insights from her clinical experience working with girls, time-honored wisdom on adolescence, the latest social science and neuroscience research, and frank descriptions of cultural trends and media messages. From the moment I read the last page I've been recommending it to my clients (including those with sons!) and colleagues, and using it as a refreshing guide in my own work with teenagers and their parents." (Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee)

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    Marjorie 04-09-16
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    "A "must read" for any parent with an adolescent or teenaged daughter!"

    This is undoubtably the best guide ever for raising adolescent and teenaged daughters. Lisa Damour easily explains the adolescent and teenaged female mind, the importance of "tribes," how to discuss important and difficult topics, how to respond to inevitable teenaged behaviors, how and where to draw the proverbial line, and more. It was encouraging to hear that I was already doing many of the suggestions (I read and research a lot - LOL), but this book also provided many, many insights and crucial information. I repeatedly found myself saying, "great point!", "yes!", "wow, that's really good to know!", etc. The author does a fantastic job narrating her book and always keeps it fresh and interesting.

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    llechsd 02-27-16
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    "Great insights"

    This book was wonderful in its insights. It helped me find some logical reasons for what we saw as illogical behavior

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    Adam Silver Toronto ON 09-26-16
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    "Amazing content"

    I really learned a lot listening to this book. I feel like it should be given to all parents on their daughters 11th birthday.

    The performance was clear and balanced, with enough emotional content to keep me engaged.

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    dms 09-25-16
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    "Excellent"

    great info, in context, with examples of how to handle every day and extreme scenarios including what to say and not say. I have a couple years before I put some things into practice with my 9 yo daughter and some things I've already started. I could go on but I won't. my opinion.. excellent.

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    J. Davis 09-16-16
    J. Davis 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good content, performance lacking"

    Good content that applies to both boys and girls. Many examples put in an ideal light and not all that realistic (such as what a parents response should ideally be), but still good none the less.
    Performance was lacking. At first I admired the up-tone style the reader presented, but once I realized she was half-laughing through her sentences it annoyed me to no end. Not terrible, but certainly lacking.
    I would recommend the book.

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    anonymous 08-02-16
    anonymous 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "life changing read."

    This is easily the most important book that the parents of daughters should read. It will serve as the guidepost for helping both our family, and more specifically our daughters, thrive during adolescence.

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    Gryffindor 07-31-16
    Gryffindor 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Every Parent of a Teenage Girl Must Read!"

    Excellent, practical advice based on experience. I'm going to read it again and again. It will truly make me a better parent -more supportive, more loving while setting healthy bounds and untangling me from my girl in a healthy way.

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    R.C. Cambridge, MA 07-11-16
    R.C. Cambridge, MA 07-11-16 Member Since 2012

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    "FABULOUS. I am recommending it to everyone I know."
    Would you listen to Untangled again? Why?

    Yes. The stories and advise seemed grounded, resonated with my experiences, and were helpful. As my daughters mature, I'd like to revisit the book. My husband plans to read the book so we can discuss some of the ideas.


    What other book might you compare Untangled to and why?

    It was a solid advise book for parents, teachers and anyone who interacts with tween and teen girls.


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Damour – was your favorite?

    Her voice was appealing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt gratitude.


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    Toni Mensching 07-04-16
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    "So great."

    Learned so many new things with this book -about my self, my feelings, and my daughters.

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    craigfrizzell 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Single Father's Helpful Resource"

    I feel this book is helping me with knowledge to better understand my 16 year old daughter's sometimes difficult confusing and scary teenage years.

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