The Powerful New Parenting Approach that Gives Our Children
The Authority, Love and Listening They Need to Thrive
— Elementary School Through High School —
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My latest book offers an empowering explanation and concrete techniques to handle the challenging and new behavior parents face today from their 21st century kids: back-talk, a sense of entitlement, endless negotiation, and sexual behavior at ever younger ages. Yet, at the same time, children of all ages, including teens, are also far more open with their parents and each other than in prior generations, are strikingly generous and empathetic, and care deeply about ethical issues. In addition, their high-speed multitasking is preparing them for the demands of the future.
The key question for all parents and educators, then, is how to encourage the good while steering children and teens away from the bad.
Based on vivid success stories, I will walk parents through the methods you can use to:
- Stop depending on outmoded techniques and learn how to establish effective limits.
- How to balance consequences and rewards — that teach 21st century kids and teens your values, rather than just the pop culture’s.
- Learn the surprising ways 21st century kids register parental love — so they will learn compassion, take your advice, be more considerate with you and their siblings, and feel healthy gratitude toward you and other responsible adults.
- Hold 21st century kids’ fast moving attention — the art of creating a spotlight on you long enough so your kids will listen and learn the life lessons you’d like to get across.
- Engage 21st century children of all ages, including teens, in authentic and meaningful conversation — to keep the lines of communication open, nurture positive behaviors and keep up with the details of their fast moving lives – in order to become the adult authority they still need.
- Build community again – in the 21st century style today’s parents need and our kids love.
“Whenever Ron Taffel writes another book, I know I have to read it because I depend on his insight and experience with kids and parents to inform my work. Childhood Unbound is no exception.”
— Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wanna Bees
“As a careful, observer, counselor and social watchdog, Taffel gives hope and solid advice to the millions of post-baby boomer parents who feel helpless.”
— Library Journal
“No one has thought more deeply about the dilemma of the modern parent and child than Ron Taffel. In this frank, funny and comforting book, he tackles the most troubling problems we face as modern parents. He writes beautifully, and his parenting advice is wise and, best of all, practical.”
— Michael Thompson, Ph.D., coauthor of Raising Cain