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Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect

Narrated by: Alan Taylor
Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
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Power struggles between parents and teens are nothing new, but chronic control battles are destructive to teen development as well as the entire family. According to psychotherapist Neil Brown, these battles occur as the result of self-perpetuating negative relationship patterns. 

Chock-full of powerful and easy-to-use evidence-based tools, this book will help you understand and end the painful tug-of-war with your teen and foster a peaceful and loving home environment. In virtually all families, there are moments when teens are unhappy with parental limits, rules, and requests - as well as times when those kids are disobedient or noncompliant, or get caught up in the moment and make bad decisions. But the parent-teen control battle goes beyond this; it’s a chronic relationship pattern that uses up the family’s emotional resources and can seriously impact child identity, self-esteem, and development, resulting in destructive behavior and causing stress for everyone around. This book offers a thorough understanding of the control battle and a clear prescription to end it.    

With Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, you’ll learn about the three elements that support this chronic conflict - reactivity, negative emotional tone, and being “other-person focused” - and discover the two key changes that can be made to address the underlying issues, allowing you to move toward a more positive way of seeing your teen while creating vital behavioral change. Using tools based in structural family therapy (SFT), which targets the core relationship pattern driving the control battle, you’ll be able to address specific issues and create a healthier pattern.

If you’re tired of the constant battle for control and you’re ready to cultivate a more loving, peaceful, and supportive environment for the whole family, this book has the skills and understanding you need to be successful, no matter what you and your teen face.

©2016 Neil D Brown, LCSW (P)2018 I'm Hearing Stories

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Great for Parents of Preteens & Teens

This is a new genre for me. It was a very insightful book into understanding the relationships between teens and their parents. The examples are really helpful for understanding the way things can go downhill fast and bad dynamics can make things go from bad to worse. This book gives parents real guidance to deal with the changes that come when kids are growing up and trying to spread their wings.

This book really gives great hope to parents struggling with parent-teen control battles. It gives information to understand the battle and prevent going down the negative path that often happens between parents and teens.

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Highly Recommend (Seriously, there's help)

I found this audiobook out of desperation and not knowing what to do with the issues my teenaged daughter and I are experiencing. I've felt hopeless, angry, defeated, guilty, etc. and have even felt like I'm mourning the loss of her because things have gotten so out-of-control. This book has given me hope that it's not too late for us to live better and for her to be a successful, happy person (me too). I know that we have some work to do but this book gave me clear and concrete ways to end the control battle that is not working and find a way back to happiness. I now have some hope. Thank you to Neil for sharing his experience and genuine caring for the struggle many of us are experiencing with our kids! If you are feeling hopeless, please listen to or read this book. There's a light in the darkness! We can only start where we are and just by listening to this book, I feel like I'm on the right path. I highly recommend this for all parents!!

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Practical, Useful, Encouraging

I subscribe to Neil D Brown’s podcast and I find his approach very grounded and do-able. I particularly liked listening to this audiobook being read by a different voice and reader. It helped me hear the words in a fresh way. I highly recommend this audiobook for busy parents who want the info and don’t have time to read a traditional book format. The info is so applicable to many relationships not just with teens!

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Tips you can really put into action

Neil does a fantastic job of explaining how to handle the struggles that come with raising a teenager. I love the way he includes real-life examples of families he has worked with. He supports his strategies with these examples and really helps draw a picture of what it can look like for my family. I'm definitily going to be keeping this on my bookshelf to reference whenever I need a bit of guidance on what to do with my teenager and soon-to-be teens.

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put together well

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I don't have a teen yet, but figured it couldn't hurt to give this a listen in preperation for when my child IS a teen. Anyway, a lot of the advice provided in this book is presented in a relatable way and seems to make a lot of sense. The narration is done well and made the listening experience a positive one. All in all, I think this could be a good audio book for parents dealing with a troubled teenager. If nothing else, but to realize they aren't alone in their struggles.