Messengers in Denim

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Messengers in Denim

The Lessons Parents Can Learn from Teens

By Parnell Donahue; Parnell Donahue, M.D.; Dr Parnell Donahue

Mapletree Publishing Company, Paperback, 9781600651069, 445pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2010

Description
Forty years of pediatric experience have taught Dr. Parnell Donahue that the unique perspective of teens is an invaluable resource for parents who want their children to become men and women of character. His often frank discussions with teenagers cover topics familiar to parents - drugs, sex, suicide, medical care, financial responsibility, self-image, religion, even the importance of being nice - but with the added benefit of revealing how teens feel about these and other subjects, and what teens perceive their parents feel about those same issues. Each teen's true story reminds us that, despite appearances, our children carefully watch everything we as parents say and do - and they usually follow our lead. Dr. Donahue further reminds us that children want parents to teach good behavior at all times, but use words only when necessary. He complements his discussions with medical insight that helps parents fully comprehend the issues facing their teens. The result is a poignant and ofttimes humorous discussion that challenges and usually changes parents' perceptions of modern teenagers.


About the Author
Parnell Donahue earned his medical degree from Marquette University and was a Medical Officer in the USAF. He volunteered at Salvus, taught at-risk teens, and was a CASA board member. He is a member or past-member of the IAPA and AAP Pediatric societies, the AMA, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Parnell (Par) Donahue was born in 1938 on a farm near Westbrook, Minnesota, the third child in a family of nine. Believe it or not, he attended a one-room school house where one teacher taught all eight grades! He earned his medical degree from Marquette University School of Medicine, now Medical College of Wisconsin. He was a General Medical Officer in the USAF before his specialty training in pediatrics. He practiced pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and adolescent sports medicine in Hartford and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Donahue is the author of the popular "Germs Make me Sick", a book about childhood illnesses, and "Sports Doc", one of the first sports medicine books and the first one directed to high school and college athletes.


Dr. Donahue enjoys playing golf, reading, wood-working, cooking for friends, gardening, and his family, and is currently learning to play the bag pipe. Since his retirement he has volunteered at Salvus, a clinic for underinsured children; taught at-risk teens in an after-school program; and served on the board of CASA, a program which advocates for kids who...end up in the court system.


He and his scientist wife Mary live in Brentwood, Tennessee, near their three sons, all of whom are on the faculty at Vanderbilt's School of Medicine. Their daughter Maura teaches international business and is the director of The Program for Christian Leadership at the University of Dayton in Ohio. They have thirteen grandchildren.


Par is a member of the Irish and American Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a past member of the AMA, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Georgia Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, and the Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics.




Parnell Donahue earned his medical degree from Marquette University and was a Medical Officer in the USAF. He volunteered at Salvus, taught at-risk teens, and was a CASA board member. He is a member or past-member of the IAPA and AAP Pediatric societies, the AMA, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine.