Urska, mother of four I’m on page 270… If I could read any faster I would. Connect with your teenager is a book about living with a child who needs the right boundaries; it’s not only about parenting teenagers. We’ve heard about how to prepare for marriage, what happens when you give birth, we had meetings at preschool and then after all that, we’ve heard nothing more. You need to actually live this handbook. If you don’t have strong foundation, which is described in the first chapter you lose every single day. The foundation is CONNECTION. Even your house can fall apart if it doesn’t have strong foundation. My parents got divorced but they still live together. I tried to figure things out on my own (page 262), but I got lost when I was a teenager. My parents’ situation hasn’t changed despite the fact that there’s no connection. This handbook is just as necessary as a cook book for when you forget that one ingredient, or what colour the icing on the cake is. One can truly find all the answers in Connect with your teenager. My third child needs special aid. There are even few chapters for them. As a parent you can quickly lose sight of things, but this book guides you back to safety. Thank you for this experience!
Gregor , father of a teenager I have just returned from the presentation of Connect with your teenager book for parenting. Because I am fascinated with it and its authors – parents, I need to say a few things: It all started when my teenage daughter said to me: “Dad! This is my body, my life and I will do whatever I want with it!” I was lost for words in that moment. I realised I’m in a relationship that I don’t understand, where I feel clueless and have no idea how to behave towards my child. I was looking for a modern book with a current outlook on raising a teenager and how to deal with their problems. I was lucky enough to have found it. It was exactly what I was looking for. Connect with your teenager is understandable, full of real life examples which I have experienced myself. I found myself in the book and I realised what the problem in the relationship with my daughter was. It dragged me out of this teenager mess by using words such as connection, contact, concern, understanding, negotiation, consequence… I wish you all the best on your quest to help parents like myself.
Alenka Congratulations! You are doing something really amazing! I got the book at the library and I read it up to page 70 and I realised I just have to have it at home. Connect with your teenager is full of good parenting advice. The most memorable one for me is that nothing really helps if you get angry. It’s better to go to the other room for a few minutes to calm down, focus and try to react in a calm manner. Another thing that made me think was that everything comes from within us and that we need to deal with our past first. I wish you continue helping people with their everyday predicaments with your positive energy.
Barbara Connect with your teenager is really good parenting book. I think it’s important that parents read it early on. The problem is that intellectuals think that raising a child is easy. Same as they think farming is easy. And none of it really is. You’ve written an amazing parenting book that helps with communication in general, not just in relation to teenagers.
Zvonko It is mind blowing how funny life is. We know everything about our washing machine, vacuum cleaner or our car. We pay special attention to those things, although we know we can get a new one if needed. And yet we know so little about ourselves and our children. What is happening with them, how to react, so they will get what they desperately need in a specific moment, so they will grow into responsible adults etc. That is why I found Connect with your teenager priceless. I hope it sells itself.
Simona, English teacher, mother I took my time reading Connect with your teenager book. Don’t get me wrong I could finish it in few days because of its interesting topics about teenagers and I would like to know the truth as quickly as possible, however there’s so much useful information that one needs to pause and just think. The authors expose true stories and situations about how quickly and sometimes foolishly we lose touch with our growing children and we’re not even aware of it. They offer a solution to every single one of those situations. Those are not instant fixes and not all solutions are suitable for every single teenager as all families are different, with their unique content and way of life. They are however solutions based on concrete experience that offer a sneak peek into a teenager’s world. Because it is so detailed we are able to understand what is going on in their heads and how we can raise them without losing that connection. What I particularly like is the way this parenting book is written. When you’re reading a certain topic it reminds you of a similar topic that you can go back to. That way you don’t need to use post-its to remind yourself about chapters that need to be reread. Connect with your teenager is a book that should be read by every couple even before they have children, then again when they do and again when children become teenagers. It reads different every time, because we are different and have new experience.
Vesna, philosopher, journalist, mother My husband and I read Connect with your teenager book bit by bit every evening. At first we thought it was a simple book about experiences with teenagers and ways on how to handle them. We started reading the stories at random depending on what seemed interesting to us. After two or three stories however we realised they are rich with meaningful messages which you can’t rush. Each sentence is thought through and it makes you think for an hour and then makes you talk about it for two hours =). In short Connect with your teenager is brilliant and suitable for parents with teenagers and those whose kids are just about to reach that fun age.
Jana, radio reporter When reading Connect with your teenager guide I was most impressed with proper examples from different families as I managed to find myself in those stories. My husband hasn’t read the book yet, but I shared many stories with him. He was drawn in and so we started talking. That is why I believe that Connect with your teenager is also a good communication starter between partners and parents, especially in relationships where communication is obviously lacking. Neža I almost finished the book. If I had the time I would have done it already. My opinion: It is a real page turner because you want to know and learn more and more. We, parents, really need books with real life examples and suggestions on how to deal with different situations. It makes you feel like you’re not alone and that there’s nothing wrong with you or your child. Connect with your teenager book is an absolute winner!
Mojca I don’t know which superlatives to use to describe your writing. I feel nothing but respect! Connect with your teenager is absolutely brilliant! Congratulations! You have created something unearthly.
Andreja The Connect with your teenager book presentation was breathtaking. This will be the first book I will actually buy in years! Well done!