The Teen Code
How to Talk to Us About Sex, Drugs, and Everything Else--teenagers Reveal What Works BestBook - 2004
How is a parent to know what to say-and when and how to say it-when talking to teens about all those big, scary topics that are tough to discuss?
In researching this book for the past 3 years, 17-year-old Rhett Godfrey interviewed hundreds of teenagers about how their parents talk to them about "the big stuff": sex, drugs, privacy, school problems, cigarettes and alcohol, divorce and remarriage and self-expression.
Now Rhett reports back--in frank and surprising conversations--how teens really feel about these touchy subjects. What's more, he shares the best methods that parents have used to open up dialogue behind closed doors. Rhett's mother, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neale S. Godfrey ( Money Doesn't Grow on Trees ), then helps parents make sense out of what teens say they want from parents-from her own experience as well as from interviews with experts.
In the first book to ever take us inside the teen mind to help us understand these topics their point of view, parents will discover how to establish an environment of honesty and open dialogue in their homes so they can better guide their kids through the rocky road of adolescence by understanding:
- Why teenagers think oral sex isn't really sex and alcohol is not a drug. And how to convince them otherwise.
- How to correct the most common mistake parents make in talking with their kids about drugs. Hint: It involves the phrase "You aren't doing drugs, are you?"
- How to still be on good terms with your son after his mohawk grows out and piercings close.