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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Townsend Narrator: Jay Charles Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780310269076
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The teen years can be challenging and even scary for parents and those involved with youth. Attitudes and behaviors of the adolescent can be unhealthy for him and for the family. However, good boundaries are the bedrock of not only better relationships, but also maturity, safety, and growth, especially for teens and their parents.

In order to help teenagers grow into healthy adults, parents and youth workers need to help them experience how to take responsibility for their behavior, their values, and their lives.

Dr. John Townsend, coauthor of the Gold Medallion Award–winning book Boundaries, is a parent of two teenagers himself. With wisdom and empathy, he applies his biblically based principles to bear on the challenging task of the teen years, showing parents:

– How to deal with disrespectful attitudes and irresponsible behaviors in your teen
– How to set healthy limits and realistic consequences
– How to be loving and caring while establishing rules
– How to determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small

The book begins by giving parents a way to look at adolescence itself, so they can better understand how a teen thinks, feels, and relates to others. Then it provides the nuts and bolts of what boundaries are all about and how to apply them. There are many topically based chapters devoted to specific problems, from moodiness to school problems to aggression. Finally, Townsend addresses the attitudes, conflicts, and difficulties of parents themselves, helping them resolve their own personal obstacles to being an effective maturing force for the teen.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Howell | 12/21/2013

    " Highly recommend this book. Practical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 11/7/2013

    " Maybe it gets a little redundant, but has some wisdom to share. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antiniqua | 11/6/2013

    " I loved that book. Taught me alot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Sleeman | 10/21/2013

    " Excellent book. Good, practical recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/24/2013

    " I'm a therapist and this is my very favorite parenting book. I recommend it all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 6/11/2012

    " I didn't realize that the book had a lot of biblical scripture. It was a nice surprise! :) Either way, I feel that even taking out the biblical references, this book is applicable to all parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/10/2012

    " Overall good book, great to read and reread for perspective. I just walked away from it overwhelmed. There is so much I want to do to keep a strong relationship with my teen now and my other boys when they get to be teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Broyhill | 3/1/2012

    " Awesome book for parents. I used this book in foster parent training. Great read for every parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamuran | 2/28/2012

    " Bu gune kadar okudugum en yararli kisisel gelisim kitaplarindan biri..Sinirlari o kadar guzel anlatmis ki kendinizi daha iyi hissediyorsunuz.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/30/2011

    " Great advice for public school parents of teens with a supportive, dedicated church, good schools with dedicated teachers, caring counselors, and - at least- a middle class income. For all those who don't have that framework...well, there are a still a few decent tips worth digging out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haydee | 8/8/2011

    " Helped me be a stronger mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antiniqua Bradby | 7/4/2011

    " started but haven't finished. Good book so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glomom2000 | 5/31/2011

    " This is an excellent self-help book for anyone trying to raise teen-agers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Cano | 5/31/2011

    " I found this book particularly helpful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 5/23/2011

    " I thought this book was extremely helpful in understanding the teenager stage and how to survive it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather KS | 5/2/2011

    " It was ok, but the advice was pretty wishy washy. It is a good supplement to other parenting books, but alone I didn't think it would work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 2/24/2011

    " Good for parents, nice advice for getting to know us kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Joyce | 2/11/2011

    " easily the best parenting book I have ever read... and I went to counseling school- so I read a LOT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Rachael | 2/7/2011

    " sounds good so far. Just through the introduction. Hoping the writing is less pretentious than the original. These are the things we read because we know they're right and help us get to where He can change us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/7/2010

    " I really liked this book. Very practical & helpful. It forced me to think about how I parent, to deal with issues from my own past & family, and challenged me to do better. One I will refer to again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/15/2010

    " Very applicable for this stage of life....and I'm sure many of their tactics will be useful in the future as well. Liked their reasoning and writing style...I hope Mike will consider reading it, too. Read it from the library but will probably buy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheralie | 6/27/2010

    " Not bad... but not as good as most of the parenting books I have read. Rather broad and philosophical. As with so many other non-fiction, it could benefited from a professional write in tow to clean things up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 6/14/2010

    " Great info on how to raise successful and beautiful kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 6/4/2010

    " My husband and I love this book and highly recommend it to parents. It helped us become much better in our parenting skills. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/21/2010

    " Another great book for boundaries with Kids as the name implies. Focuses on how boundaries help children and how not having boundaries will hurt them. Practical help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thewritingmommy | 8/31/2009

    " this book reiterated the same principles as the original Boundaries book. still, if you don't use them, they can't help you. children should be taught their boundaries very early these days and this book is a good way to help them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 8/15/2009

    " Wow. This book rocks! I am learning so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/7/2009

    " i first read this book two years ago and I am now re-reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/19/2009

    " This is a no nonsense book. Kids need boundaries - plain and simple. (everyone needs 'em). This book talks about good boundaries and how to set them and keep them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JM | 2/27/2009

    " Just as good as the original. Kids, especially mine, need boundaries: not too many, not too few. Really easy reading and really helpful, at least with my kids. Sometimes you need to read something like this to understand where you stand on life's important child-rearing questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/9/2009

    " Nice to get a refresher on this-I am so out of my league with this whole parenting thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trine | 1/3/2009

    " A wonderful book. I would wish I had read it while my children were younger. "

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