The Available Parent

Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens

By John Duffy; Thomas W. Phelan (Foreword by)
(Viva Editions, Paperback, 9781573446570, 151pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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*Number one on Cyrus Webb's list of "Books Every Man Should Read"
Teenagers are left feeling unheard and misunderstood, and parents are left feeling bewildered by the changes in their child at adolescence and their sudden lack of effectiveness as parents. The parent has become unavailable, the teen responds in kind, and a negative, often destructive cycle of communication begins. Well, the truth of the matter is, you can physically be right next to someone and still not really be available to them. If you need them to be something they're not, if you are harsh, criticizing and judging, if your anxiety is center stage, then you are not truly available.
The available parent of a teenager is open to discussion, offering advice and problem-solving, but not insisting on it. He allows his child to make some mistakes, setting limits, primarily where health and safety are concerned. He never lectures - he is available but not controlling. The available parent is self-aware, and keeps his own emotions in check when dealing with his teen. He is unconditionally loving and accepting, and open to new and different ways of thinking. As such, he is neither cruel nor dismissive, ever. The available parent is.



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.

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a nationally renowned expert on child discipline and attention deficit disorder. His other books include "1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12,"" All About Attention Deficit Disorder,"" "and "Surviving Your Adolescents." He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Tracy M. Lewis, BA, is the family resource coordinator for a public school system and a family educator for the Commonwealth Parenting Center of Richmond, Virginia. She is also a former elementary school teacher and preschool director. She lives in Stony Creek, Virginia.
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