It's t easy to be a teen girl, but it's even harder to parent one. Parents everywhere struggle to respond appropriately to the defiant behaviour, confrontational or n-existent communication, and mood swings commonly exhibited by teenage girls. This population faces a unique range of body image issues and psychological vulnerabilities that put them at increased risk for depression, eating disorders, self-injury, anxiety, and mental health conditions. Written by the mother of two teenage girls who is also a licensed clinical psychologist, Parenting a Teen Girl is a parent's survival guide to navigating this challenging time. This workbook offers parents the skills, exercises, and scripts they need to rebuild communication with their daughters and build the foundation for greater cooperation and connection in the future. Unlike similar books, which merely serve as frightening exposes of bad teen behaviour, this book provides parents with concrete tools and tips they can use right away to decrease their anxiety, increase understanding in the parent-teen relationship, and become more successful in communicating with their teen daughters. The book includes information on dating, academics, and techlogy use that will prove immensely helpful to parents.
Lucie Hemmen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA. For the past twenty years, she has worked with teens, their parents, and their communities to maximize positive support for families raising teenagers. She has two teen daughters, Marley and Daisy, ages 17 and 13.