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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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    "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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    "Love it! Living it! Beyond amazing"

    In love with this audio book.... the person reading it and the content.... so many stories or scenarios I've already went thru my daughter and made me laugh so much... I used one of examples when I had to continuously ask my daughter to work in her school work, and grades... finally told her I've given you all the tools to succeed and always will be here, but you are responsible for going to schoool, getting your work done, and getting good grades. It's your responsibility not mine.... it HELPED... this book is an amazing guide to what teens bring to the table!!! Thanks for such a well written book.... I never write reviews as you might be able to tell ^^^^ but just wanted other parents to know that it helped me in so many ways... thanks!!!!!

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    "I will be listening to this again."

    I have a 12 yr old daughter, and have successfully applied some strategies even before the book was done. Very insightful giving me knconfidence

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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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    "Helpful!"

    This book was engagingly read by the author. Like all parenting books, there may be things you disagree with, but her explanation of how girls develop and how parents can help their girls to grow into responsible young adults was ever so helpful to me. The author has a ton of experience working with adolescent girls, and she pulled in research data to back many of her points. I highly recommend this book.

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    Claudia 04-20-17
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    "Well rounded book, highly recommended!"

    This book helped me understand my daughter better. It touches on all areas parents go through when parenting a teen. I enjoyed all the word choices or conversation starters she provided after discussing each topic. I also enjoyed the many stories of her real clients which helped me not feel alone in this difficult time. I feel ready to tackle these difficult times in a loving and respectful manner.

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    TxWantedx Santa Teresa, NM 03-27-17
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    Took me a while to get through, but will be coming back to it in a few years

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    "Fantastic Book"

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is filled with great information that is pulled from the author's real life knowledge of working with teen girls. A lot of it applies to boys as well but the book went into the different things girls do and say through stages in adolescence.
    Highly recommended for parents of tween and teen girls.

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    "Excellent read for all parents of girls."

    This is the best book I've read teen girl development. It gives a very nice overview & normalizes a lot of teen behaviors by putting them in context. Moreover though, Damour provides real-life application & advice for facing a variety of difficult conversations & scenarios we must be prepared for to encourage the safe, healthy development of our teen girls. Highly recommend!

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    William 03-10-17
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    "Enlightening"

    I found Dr Damour's work educational, informative, and an easy listen. I've been sending this to every friend who has teenage girls. I would never say this is the only answer but she definitely provides some very good ideas and recommendations.

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