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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Duffy Narrator: Todd Barsness Publisher: Cleis Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The available parent of a tween/teenager is open to discussion, offers advice and problem-solving (but doesn't insist on it). She allows her child to make some mistakes, sets limits (primarily where health and safety are concerned), never lectures, is available but not controlling. The available parent is self-aware, keeps her own emotions in check when dealing with her teen, is unconditionally loving and accepting, open to new and different ways of thinking, neither cruel nor dismissive - ever. The available parent is fun and funny, brings levity to the most stressful situation, and her availability is absolute. The available parent fosters an extraordinary teenager.

Dr. John Duffy, a clinical psychologist with a thriving private practice, and whose highly satisfied corporate clients include Sears, Allstate, General Electric, Household Financial, Exxon Mobil, Accenture, Bank of America and Hewitt Associates, can show you how to become one, and breathe easier as a 13th birthday approaches.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pbcharney | 9/28/2013

    " Great book for parenting older kids. Info. is delved out in smaller chunks, making it easier to digest and remember. Lots of stories from his practice made it really interesting too -- all in all a really enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Wilkes | 7/30/2013

    " John was a high school classmate of mine / while often non fiction parenting books can be very dry and hardly page turners, I found this book to be highly readable, practical and pertinent. His perspective on how to build and keep a connection with your children is spot on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda O'Shea | 7/27/2013

    " A brilliant book on parenting teenagers. A great reminder to me that even though teenagers are frustrating at times it is important to focus on the interesting and positive aspects of their unique personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nohreen | 6/8/2013

    " Great book with useful insights that grabs attention and motivates. I couldn't put it down and have enjoyed reading this must read book. "

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About the Author

Dr. John Duffy is a clinical psychologist and certified life coach with a thriving private practice in the Chicago area. He works with both teens and adults and specializes in helping parents maximize satisfaction and minimize conflict in their relationships with their teenagers. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Duffy also consults with individuals, groups, and corporations in a number of areas, including emotional intelligence, stress management, balancing work and family, conflict resolution, goal setting, and the power of thoughts in bringing about change. His highly satisfied clients include Sears, Allstate, General Electric, Household Financial, Exxon Mobil, Accenture, Bank of America, and Hewitt Associates. The Duffy family lives in Chicago.