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Publisher's Summary

The teen years can be challenging and even scary for parents and those involved with youth. Attitudes and behaviors of the adolescent can be unhealthy for him and for the family. However, good boundaries are the bedrock of not only better relationships, but also maturity, safety, and growth, especially for teens and their parents.

In order to help teenagers grow into healthy adults, parents and youth workers need to help them experience how to take responsibility for their behavior, their values, and their lives.

Dr. John Townsend, coauthor of the Gold Medallion Award-winning book Boundaries, is a parent of two teenagers himself. With wisdom and empathy, he applies his biblically based principles to bear on the challenging task of the teen years, showing parents:

  • How to deal with disrespectful attitudes and irresponsible behaviors in your teen;
  • How to set healthy limits and realistic consequences;
  • How to be loving and caring while establishing rules;
  • How to determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small.

The book begins by giving parents a way to look at adolescence itself, so they can better understand how a teen thinks, feels, and relates to others. Then it provides the nuts and bolts of what boundaries are all about and how to apply them. There are many topically based chapters devoted to specific problems, from moodiness to school problems to aggression. Finally, Townsend addresses the attitudes, conflicts, and difficulties of parents themselves, helping them resolve their own personal obstacles to being an effective maturing force for the teen.

©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.

5 of 5 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.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Too much God...

What disappointed you about Boundaries with Teens?

The use of religion and requiring a believe in God.

What was most disappointing about John Townsend’s story?

He bases his beliefs and advice on asking for Gods help.

What does Jay Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Strength and conviction.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the psychology is quite relevant to the topic but the religious quotes and directives make it very difficult to listen and stay focused on the topic.

Any additional comments?

The description given by audible should include the information that the book is based on a strong religious belief.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awful - babbling, put God in everything

Would you try another book from John Townsend and/or Jay Charles?

No

What could John Townsend have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should point out that he put god in everything, and assumed that everybody agrees.

How could the performance have been better?

Be concise

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Boundaries with Teens?

Most of the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 7 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Very helpful regarding my teen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful