Using a question and answer format, Dr. Reisser leads the reader through the physical, emotional, and relational transformation from childhood to adulthood. Chapter 1 addresses the physical changes that occur and reads a bit like a science book. The remaining chapters address issues such as striving for independence, social media, sexuality, tobacco and drug abuse, and tough issues that can derail a teen’s self-concept (bullying, eating disorders, depression, etc.).
In the last chapter, “Preparing to Pass the Baton,” he places the parenting journey into a broad perspective. As parents, we have been entrusted by God to help mold our teenagers’ character, values, and spirituality while preparing them for such practical matters as choosing a career handling finances, and finding a spouse. It sounds overwhelming, but it is achieved one small step at a time.
This book could have been titled “the Busy Parents’ Guide” instead of targeting moms as the intended readers. All information was as useful to fathers as to mothers. Also, if you are looking for specific answers on social media limitation guidelines, the answers are vague, perhaps because every child is different and there is not one black-and-white answer that applies.
This is a basic teen parenting book to start reading if parenting teens is unfamiliar territory. I would recommend this book especially to parents of pre-teens to prepare for the journey and to begin to have open eyes to the lurking dangers. As a parent of a teenager that has been journeying through the roaring rapids already and bracing myself for whatever lies around the next bend, this book doesn’t have much to offer except to encourage me to try to enjoy the ride a little more.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.