1001 Things Every Teen Should Know

Before They Leave Home (Or Else They'll Come Back)
Every year, millions of teens are unleashed into society and parents are left wondering, "How long will they make it out there?" That's because studies indicate a full 50% of them will move back home in five or six years. And stay for a while.

Author: Harry H Harrison, Jr.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007
Format: Book, hardcover, 302 pages

A Little Secret for Dealing with Teens

A few years ago, Jennie Hernandez-Hanks found herself as a single Hispanic mother of seven children, three of them teenagers, two of them preschoolers, receiving no financial support, on welfare and with no higher education or job skills. Her children had been out of school for two years when she decided to move to another state and go back to school herself in order to learn a trade that would allow her to support her family and get her life back together.
Stretched to the limit emotionally, physically and financially, Hanks saw her older children heading down roads that would make all their lives worse. Desperate to keep them from slipping away from her, as happens with so many disadvantaged, at-risk youths, she developed a process to turn their lives around. Today, her children are thriving. Her older children have been named National Merit Scholars and are being recruited by Ivy League schools. Her oldest son received a full scholarship to Princeton University. Her home is more peaceful and her children are learning to be responsible members of the family. Most important, they believe in themselves and they are happy.
In this concise, illustrated book, parents will learn Hanks's secret-a new way of parenting teens-that can change the momentum in the household from one of secrecy, rebellion and confrontation to open communication, understanding and mutual respect. The book shows how to employ an exchange-based approach to improve the parent/teen relationship. Using example dialogues and parent/teen success stories, the book teaches how to initiate exchanges, establish guidelines for communicating, monitor communication and make changes as necessary.
A Little Secret for Dealing with Teens is a must-read for any parent, teacher, counselor or others involved with children.

Author: Jennie Hernandez Hanks
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 2000
Format: Booklet, paperback, 103 pages

Active Parenting: Active Communication

How to strengthen your relationship with your teen
Cooperation is achieved through communication. Communication is the key to gaining cooperation from your teen. This video provides suggestionsof activecommunication skills including words, tone of voice, and non-verbal communication.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video cassette, 28 minutes
Active Parenting: Effective Discipline

How to raisea responsible teen
Positive discipline skills and mutual respect will help you sidestep the struggle for power with your teen while at the same time teaching your teen responsibility. This video provides a Problem-Handling Model, logical consequences and consequence guidelines to use when problems arise between you and your teen.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video, 28 minutes

Active Parenting: The Magic of Family Meetings

How they solve problems and teach values
It is important to give teens a voice in decisions that affect their lives. The feeling that their opinion makes a difference builds cooperation and responsibility, making anger and rebellion less likely. Parents will learn about the two types of discussions: family talks and family council meetings. You will also learn tips for active problem solving skills.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video cassette, 29 minutes

Active Parenting: Sidestepping the Power Struggle

How to redirect your teen`s misbehavior
When you understand your teen`s behavior, you are better equipped to redirect misbehavior rather than reward it. By identifying what your teen really wants when he misbehaves, you can avoid being drawn into a power struggle. This video provides parents with five goals of teen behavior, positive approaches to misbehavior, prevention techniques, and much more!

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video cassette, 28 minutes

Active Parenting: What`s Your Parenting Style?

And how does it influence your teen?
The goal of parenting is to prepare our teens to survive and thrive in our democratic society. To achieve this goal we must instill four key qualities in our teens: courage, self-esteem, responsibility and cooperation. You will also learn about three parenting styles: autocratic, permissive, and democratic.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video cassette, 27 minutes

Active Parenting: Your Teen`s Success Cycle

How to build self-esteem, courage and positive behavior
The opinion that a teen has about herself ultimately influences the courage she has to make good decisions on her own. When parents become encouraging events in their teen`s lives, they lay a strong foundation for self-esteem and courage. Learn about the Think-Feel-Do Cycle and how to turn discouragement into encouragement.

Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers, 1999
Format: 1 Video cassette, 23 minutes


This program is designed to help parents prepare for the vigorous test of the teen years. Parents will learn to guide teens through maturity and identity development changes. The program discusses methods to balance freedom while teaching responsibility, and strengthen the relationship between parent and adolescent.

Author: United Learning
Publisher: United Learning, 1995
Format: 1 Video cassette, 27 minutes; 1Guide, 16 pages

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life

This program shows students the powerful impact their belief in their own competence has on their achievements. Using true-to-life scenarios about teens with decidedly negative outlooks, the program demonstrates effective techniques for building an optimistic, “can-do” attitude.

Produced by: Sunburst Visual Media, 2004
Format: Video, 24-minutes; Teacher’s Guide, 35 pages
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