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Today's teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, one that is defined by social media and mobile devices. This has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are paralyzed by new problems that didn't exist less than a decade ago, like social media and video game obsession, sexting, and vaping.

A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research - including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology - with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In The New Adolescence, you'll find realistic ways to help teens and preteens find joy, focus, ease, motivation, fulfillment, and engagement.

In this audiobook, find practical guidance for: providing the structure teens need while giving them the autonomy they seek; helping them overcome distractions; teaching them the art of "strategic slacking"; protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression; fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need; and effective conversations about tough subjects - including sex, drugs, and money.

©2020 Christine Carter, used with permission of BenBella Books, Inc. (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 2021-03-25

Waste of Time

I’m not sure why this book is getting such rave reviews. I personally felt that it comes from a privileged, sheltered point of view. Perhaps helpful if you (and your children) don’t have any significant or real challenges? Or if you’ve never read or heard anything about parenting a human?

What I got through was obvious. Nothing bad, but also nothing new or especially insightful. Once I got to the chapter about attention, I gave up. The author reminisces about how much easier it was to focus on schoolwork back when she attended boarding school and had a set time to do homework in a library with her classmates every night, all the while watched over by an adult who could help them if they needed anything. Yes, I imagine all our kids would be doing better if they had those advantages, and to the tune of 65k a year for tuition! It was at this point that I realized who this book is for, and it’s not me.

And don’t get me started on the complete glossing over of what ADHD is, either — that alone was shockingly incomplete, dismissive and used only to buttress a tired, uninspired argument about modern distractions. This sort of oversimplification by someone who holds herself up as an “expert” only serves to continue the stigma and judgement surrounding what is actually a very real and debilitating condition.

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