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Boundaries with Teens

When to Say Yes, How to Say No
Narrated by: Jay Charles
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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Teenagers - you love them to pieces, but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart. Look no further for the help you need. Boundaries with Teens will help you establish wise and loving limits that make a positive difference in your teen, in the rest of your family, and in you.

The teen years: relationships, peer pressure, school, dating, character. To help teenagers grow into healthy adults, parents and youth workers need to teach them how to take responsibility for their behavior, their values, and their lives.

From bestselling author and counselor Dr. John Townsend, Boundaries with Teens is the expert insight and guidance you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions and gain a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves.

With wisdom and empathy, Dr. Townsend applies biblically based principles for the challenging task of guiding your children through the teen years. Using the same principles he used to successfully raise two teens, he shows you how to:

  • Deal with disrespectful attitudes and impossible behavior in your teen
  • Set healthy limits and realistic consequences
  • Be loving and caring while establishing rules
  • Determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small

Discover how boundaries make parenting teens better today!

Plus, check out Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life – dating, marriage, raising young kids, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available.

©2006 John Townsend (P)2006 The Zondervan Corporation

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Practical and Effective

Following the advice in this book will not only keep your teens on the right track, but force you to be an adult and deal with you own demons. Well worth the time and a good book to read periodically.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Got Teens?

This is going to make you feel hopeful as a parent. It has good advise and helps me to understand what it was like being a teen and how to deal with that situation without losing it.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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A MUST FOR PARENTS!!!

An absolute excellent tool to understand what happened to your child, and how to handle it, when it turned overnight to something you don't know anymore. Very helpful - An absolute MUST for Parents of Teens, and Pre-Teens in my opinion!
Very detailed and touches most of the problems parents and adolescence will face.
Thanks a lot Dr. Townsend

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  • Julie
  • Chattanooga, TN, United States
  • 01-30-12

Help With Your Teen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, for anyone who has a teen. This book has given me good ideas and kept me focus on developing my child for his future growth.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

It is important to talk to your child with respect even when you are disciplining him and he gives real life examples of how to do that in various challenging aspects

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Stefan
  • MelbourneAustralia
  • 06-14-08

A Must have for Parents

I am a youth worker, and this book is a fantastic guide to understanding and dealing with teenagers. A must have for any parent. The religious overtones are obvious, but hey - They Work!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilbert
  • Alta Loma, CA, USA
  • 03-07-10

Difference maker

Extremely helpful in understanding teens and proding you to recall your own issues while you were a teen. This, along with advice given, help you to deal with your child in more realistic ways than you might have before putting all these points of view together. Advice given is well thought out, gleaned from experience, and based in Christianity. The book is not a Christian book, however, he makes no effort to hide reminding you the way God wants us to raise our children. Excellent book, a must for all parents. I wish I found this when my child was headed to middle school.

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What did you like best about Boundaries with Teens? What did you like least?

There are some great ideas for how to handle situations and how to look at things from a different perspective. However, this book seems very idealistic and a little preachy. I am a christian but I don't need to be preached to about the ideal that God gave us. If I'd known that is what this was, I wouldn't have purchased it.

Was Boundaries with Teens worth the listening time?

meh

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You can't just level headedly talk to your teen and expect them to say, "Oh, yea...I get it." I kind of felt like that is what this book tried to sell. Not realistic.

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Lots of great ideas but too religious

The author provides many practical suggestions.

There were a lot of suggestions to pray and references to Jesus. This may not be applicable or inspiring to readers. Worst case, readers may find it offensive.

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A must resource for pre-teen parents!

Candidly, I found this book at times painful as I learned about the ways that I was lacking as a parent; however, that’s also precisely why I value this audiobook so much and feel a world of gratitude to Dr. John Townsend. Not only was the material interesting, the counsel is practical and invaluable. The only thing that would have made this audiobook better is if the audiobook chapters matched the chapters in the book. Since I listen while I drive, it will be very difficult to go back and find information as one audiobook chapter includes multiple chapters in the printed book. I am going to purchase a hard copy because I value this book so much. Jay Charles did a great job of narrating this book and kept me engaged.

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Great Insights and Approaches

I wish I had read this a few years ago! I learned so much about how teens think you and what’s going through their minds. Townsend’s ideas, practical suggestions, examples, and encouragement make this a must-read for parents of teens!

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  • beliveitbeit
  • 10-04-18

Great advice

I love John Townsend and his down to earth, reasonable advice. I’m making my way through all of his books. He is a sure and guiding lighthouse in the rough seas of parenting. Great narration too. Thank you.