We have a tendency today to over-parent, micromanage, and underappreciate our adolescents. Dr. John Duffy's The Available Parent is a revolutionary approach to taking care of teens and tweens. The available parent of a teenager is open to discussion, offering advice and solutions but not insisting on them. He allows his child to make some mistakes, setting limits, primarily where health and safety are concerned. He never lectures - he is available but not controlling. He is neither cruel nor dismissive, ever....
"Every parent of a teen (or tween) should read this asap!"
Based on National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates' novella about the Chappaquiddick scandal, this tragic and beautiful new opera enthralls as a handsome Senator uses power to enchant, seduce, and carelessly destroy.
The available parent of a tween/teenager is open to discussion, offers advice and problem-solving (but doesn't insist on it). She allows her child to make some mistakes, sets limits (primarily where health and safety are concerned), never lectures, is available but not controlling. The available parent is self-aware, keeps her own emotions in check when dealing with her teen, is unconditionally loving and accepting, open to new and different ways of thinking, neither cruel nor dismissive - ever.
Looking at her head was like staring into a bright ray of glorious sunshine. A bright beam of summer with two starry eyes looking back. Eyes, which carried such beautiful ever changing pupils within. Pupils, which were constantly oscillating from one color to the next, as she constantly held me firmly within her fixated eyes. She spoke.