A Guidebook for Parents Navigating the New Teen Years
Learn about the “New Teen” and how to adjust your parenting approach. Kids are growing up with nearly unlimited access to social media and the internet, and unprecedented academic, social, and familial stressors. Starting as early as eight years old, children are exposed to information, thought, and emotion that they are developmentally unprepared to process. As a result, saving the typical “teen parenting” strategies for thirteen-year-olds is now years too late.
Urgent advice for parents of teens. Dr. John Duffy’s parenting book is a new and necessary guide that addresses this hidden phenomenon of the changing teenage brain. Dr. Duffy, a nationally recognized expert in parenting for nearly twenty-five years, offers this book as a guide for parents raising children who are growing up quickly and dealing with unresolved adolescent issues that can lead to anxiety and depression.
Unprecedented psychological suffering among our young and why it is occurring. A shift has taken place in how and when children develop. Because of the exposure they face, kids are emotionally overwhelmed at a young age, often continuing to search for a sense of self well into their twenties. Paradoxically, Dr. Duffy recognizes the good that comes with these challenges, such as the sense of justice instilled in teenagers starting at a young age.
Readers of this book will:
- Sort through the overwhelming circumstances of today’s teens and better understand the changing landscape of adolescence
- Come away with a revised, conscious parenting plan more suited to addressing the current needs of the New Teen
- Discover the joy in parenting again by reclaiming the role of your teen’s ally, guide, and consultant
If you enjoyed parenting books such as The Yes Brain , How to Raise an Adult , The Deepest Well , and The Conscious Parent ; then Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety should be next on your list!
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About the Author
Dr. Duffy is a highly sought-after clinical psychologist, best-selling author, podcaster, certified life coach, and parenting and relationship expert. He has been working in his clinical practice with individuals, couples, teens, and families for nearly twenty-five years. Dr. Duffy’s refreshing and unique approach has provided the critical intervention and support needed to help thousands of individuals and families find their footing.
Along with his clinical work, Dr. Duffy is the author of the number-one best-selling The Available Parent (Viva Editions, second edition released 2014). He is a frequent national media presence. He has been the regular parenting and relationship expert on Steve Harvey (with more than 75 appearances), and appears several times a month on WGN radio. He also appears frequently on other national and local television and radio outlets, and is cited regularly in national print and online publications. These include the Today show, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Fox Good Day Chicago, The Jam, WGN-TV, the Morning Blend, NPR, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Time, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, Chicago Parent, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Wired, Parenting, Your Teen, Parents, Family Circle, Chicago Sun-Times, and Real Simple magazine, among many others.
As noted, he is contributor to the Pear app and co-host of the podcast with Giuliana and Bill Rancic, consults on two films on teen anxiety, and co-host of a popular podcast, better, with his wife Julie. He is also a frequent guest on other parenting and self-help podcasts.
As also noted above, Dr. Duffy is a nationally-recognized expert in parenting, self-awareness, and relationships.
Dr. Duffy lives outside Chicago with his wife Julie and son George.
Table of Contents
Note to Parents 12
Part 1 Painting the Picture 16
Jason's Story: What Are We Missing? 17
You Were Never a Teenager 20
The New Teen 23
The New Early Teen 26
Social Media 33
Antidotes to Social Media 47
The Emotional Bank Account 51
About Your Disdain 55
Identity Traffic 58
The New Late Teen 62
Our Narrow Definition of Success 72
College Choices and Stressors 78
Their Other Social Media 85
Part 2 Addressing the Issues 92
Heightened Awareness 104
Awareness of Mental Illness 109
The Crisis Crisis 120
Prescription Drugs 147
Video Games 151
Relationships and Sex 155
Sexual Identity and Orientation 165
Sexual Assault 169
Suicide and Suicidal Ideation 173
Part 3 Filling Your Toolbox 179
The Vibe in Your Home 180
Awe and Wonder 183
Doing Away with the Sedentary Days 186
Yeah, It Takes a Village 188
Can We Skip This Part? 192
Sleep, from P.M. to A.M. 199
The Value of Money 204
What You Can Do Now 207
When Your Kid Seems Awful 212
Hope for the Future 216
A Note to Dads 218
Parenting as a Spiritual Practice 221
About the Author 226
What People are Saying About This
“Dr. Duffy's latest book gives parents insight and practical advice they won't find anywhere else for restoring calm to the frenzied pace of growing up today. Anxiety, stress, and depression are commonplace in teenager's lives now, but they don't have to be. You'll find comfort and wisdom in these pages. A must-read for every parent.”
Michelle Icard, author Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years
"Any parent of any child should read this book and learn from Dr. John Duffy," -H. Prather, author of The Mindful Parent
“Today’s parents grew up in a world that looks and feels nothing like the one our kids inhabit. Dr. Duffy’s book is like a travel guide to help us navigate this foreign land we’ve never visited and know nothing about, but desperately want to help our kids understand and thrive in, and maybe even love. This is a must-read I will return to often.”
-Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune