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The 7 Best Things (Smart) Teens Do - John Friel

The 7 Best Things (Smart) Teens Do

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9781558747777
Number Of Pages: 284
For Ages: 12 - 18 years old

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In The Seven Worst Things Good Parents Do, therapists John and Linda Friel gave parents an easy-to-understand guide to overcome the seven worst mistakes even good parents make while raising children. Now they've written a book for teens based on the same formula: it includes the seven worst things even smart-and outwardly successful-teens do, and shows teens how they can change these behaviors and assure their success in life as they grow towards adulthood.

This book was written expressly for teenagers as a unique roadmap into adulthood. It was designed to stimulate the brain as well as the heart because teenagers who listen to both can eventually negotiate adolescence successfully. It will appeal to teenagers who like to think, wonder, question and challenge, as well as to teenagers who feel that they haven't quite figured out this "life" thing.

The Friels show teens the seven things they need to do in order to overcome common roadblocks they face or will face. These are:

  1. Become competent-don't expect to have self-esteem without becoming competent

  2. Master your feelings-don't let your feelings run the show

  3. Break the silence-don't silently scream instead of making yourself known

  4. Get healthy power-don't avoid learning about power

  5. Face the serious stuff-don't hide the really important things you're experiencing

  6. Find an identity-don't avoid the struggle to find yourself

  7. Learn to stake out the extremes-don't live only in the extremes.

Written in clear, straightforward language and including many interesting and colorful story interludes, this book is an easy-to-use, powerful tool for all teens.

Preface: In the Beginningp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Why You Should Read This Bookp. xvii
The Agony and the Ecstasy, the Power and the Glory
The Parrot, the Appalachian Science Student, the Suburban Lawyer, the Media Rep, the Murderers and the Vandal, and the Grace in South Central L.A.p. 3
Thumb Your Nose at Gravityp. 17
The Cockapoo and the Labradorp. 29
The Seven Best Things
Become Competent: You Can't Get Self-Esteem from Talking to Yourself in Front of the Mirror or Being Smothered with Praisep. 37
Master Your Feelings: Don't Let the Tail Wag the Dogp. 59
Break the Silence: It Takes So Much Energy to Silently Screamp. 83
Get Healthy Power: Learn to Respectfully Make Things Happenp. 105
Face the Serious Stuff: Some Things Are Too Big to Keep Buriedp. 127
Find an Identity: From Accepting Without Question to Discovering Your Own Pathp. 149
Start Learning to Stake Out the Extremes: It's the Universal Skillp. 173
The Labrador and the Cockapoop. 195
Some Tips
Becoming Competentp. 209
Mastering Feelingsp. 215
Breaking the Silencep. 223
Getting Healthy Powerp. 229
Facing the Serious Stuffp. 237
Finding an Identityp. 249
Staking Out the Extremesp. 255
Bringing It All Back Home
And in the Endp. 263
Why Seven?p. 267
Endnotesp. 271
Bibliographyp. 275
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ISBN: 9781558747777
ISBN-10: 155874777X
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 18 years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Health Communications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39