From The Book

Preview of “Parenting a Teen Girl”

by Lucie Hemmen on September 24, 2012

Lucie’s first book, Parenting a Teen Girl, is divided into 10 chapters, each addressing a key topic area.

Here’s a chapter-by-chapter outline of the book with a sample of what you can expect from start to finish:

Chapter 1 – Talking Trash About Teens: A Reality Check

Pessimism is exchanged for optimism and parents receive a reality check about many of the fear-based perceptions that mislead people in understanding teen girls.

Click here to read the entire first chapter on the New Harbinger Publications website.

Chapter 2- A Crash Course in Connection

Connecting with teen girls is so much different than the intimacy that comes easily with younger girls. In this chapter, parents learn ways to connect to their often tired, moody, and/or overscheduled teen daughter.

Chapter 3- Self-Care for Sanity

Teen girls aren’t the only ones who are overwhelmed! This chapter steers parents to their own self-care as a requirement for energized and effective parenting.

Chapter 4 – Talking With Teen Girls

Previously chatty girls often become hit-or-miss communicators in the teen years. This chapter helps parents understand, and successfully negotiate, the challenges to talking with teen girls.

Chapter 5- Eat, Sleep, Move: Supporting Your Daughter’s Health

Teen girls are in a system-wide overload of changes, from their brains to their toes. This chapter helps parents keep essentials on their radar plus offers tips that work with teen girls.

Chapter 6- Walking on the Wild Side: Supporting Safe Decision Making

Experimenting behaviors are often one of the ways teen girls seek new experiences and independence. The developmental and cultural pull for girls to check out the wild side can be very anxiety provoking for parents who want their girls to be safe. This chapter offers support and ideas for seeing girls safely through their teen years.

Chapter 7- Achievement Stress Rescue

Teen girls are under overwhelming academic pressure these days. This chapter helps parents safeguard the healthy and balanced development of teen daughters by creating an important distinction between healthy and unhealthy achievement.

Chapter 8- Taming the Tech Tiger

When it comes to the tech party, parents are late. Teen girls, on the other hand, are whooping it up, often with little supervision. To keep them safe, this chapter gets parents in the loop with what they need to know to navigate the tech world.

Chapter 9- Teen Girl Social and Emotional Evolution

Social development is big for teen girls, with the potential to create much joy as well as stress and pain. Parents get support in understanding and reassuring girls through the social and emotional ups and down of the teen years.

Chapter 10- Cultivating Happiness

The new era of happiness research offers many possibilities to all of us as we raise our teens and seek to feel good ourselves. This chapter cites the latest research while offering ideas that help parents integrate happiness practices into family life.


For those of you who have read the book, what chapter has been most helpful for you? I would love to hear your stories and answer your questions in the comments below.


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Taming The Tech Tiger

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