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You and Me Kid: A Practical Guide for Meeting Your Teen with Faith, Hope, and Love (Paperback)
Advice from an Experienced Parent Educator and Child Development Professor
- Tips to save parents and teens a lot of pain.
- Tools to feel competent as a parent of a teenager.
- Engaging stories with simple lessons for parenting your teen.
- Simple messages that all teens need to hear to grow up emotionally healthy.
- Knowledge of what all teens are experiencing developmentally.
- Advice on how to navigate important and difficult conversations with your teens.
- Information that the average educated person does not know about teenagers.
- Examples of how to shift from conflict with your teen into responsiveness and enduring connection.
- Ways to foster your teen’s success in life and build a asting parent-child bond.
- When teens hear these messages, they always say, “I wish my parents knew this.”
About the Author
Nancy Washburn, M.A., is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Child and Family Studies at LA City College.
For the past twenty years, Ms. Washburn has taught Child Development classes to thousands of young adults across the greater Los Angeles area. Her goal as a professor has been to inspire new teachers and parents to go forward, and use their knowledge to help children and families to be the best together, and for society. Prior to teaching college Ms. Washburn was a Parent Educator for 16 years with families of children from birth through adolescence. Ms. Washburn has taught a variety of workshops on Parenting, Conflict Resolution, and Guidance. One of her favorite jobs has been raising three children of her own into productive human beings.
Throughout her career she has been spurred on by her own confusion and lack of confidence as an adolescent and the desire to help young people and their parents have a smoother ride. In writing this book she enlightens parents and gives them the knowledge and messages they need to have a positive relationship with their children and help them to be secure within themselves and in the world.
“In her book, You and Me Kid, Nancy Washburn does a magnificent job of clearly defining the unique challenges of providing adolescents with the support, empathy, and guidance they desperately need to overcome their natural confusion and self-doubt. Drawing from her many years as a professor of child and family studies, parent educator, workshop leader, and from her personal experiences, Nancy sheds light on how to develop positive and nurturing support to teenagers. What a great book―a must-read for every parent and teacher who truly wants to make a difference in the life of their child or student! She has created a mosaic that clearly describes what really matters most in nurturing these young lives. Her Three Messages of Love, Faith, and Hope provide a roadmap of how to develop trust, acceptance, and affirmation in the hearts and minds of teenagers. Her stories and tremendous writing skills make this book a joy to read. It is a treasure and an invaluable resource for all parents and teachers. Bravo!”
~ Ken LaVigne, Author of COACH THE SOUL
“As a marriage and family therapist with a focus on attachment, I appreciate this much-needed book that helps parents maintain a secure connection with their teen. With wise and kind counsel, she compassionately guides the parent in ways of being responsive to the specific developmental needs of a teen while at the same time being respectful of both the needs of the parent and the teen, with the goal of putting the relationship first. This kind of investment in the relationship, just when parents tend to pull back, insures a secure connection with their teen for many years ahead.”
~ Linda S. Flynn, MFT