Beyond the Big Talk: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens from Middle School to High School and Beyond (Paperback)

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Every parent needs help in guiding their teenagers through the difficult adolescent years, when they face peer pressure, dating, alcohol, drugs, harassment, and pressure to have sex, among many issues. In this revised and updated edition of her acclaimed book, parenting educator Debra Haffner offers invaluable practical advice, sample conversations, and checklists that parents can use to talk to their teens. The book includes:

  • "Values Exercises" to help you identify and communicate your beliefs to your teens
  • "Special Issues" to advise you on discussing difficult topics such as eating disorders and date rape, and responding to your teen's questions about your own sexual history
  • "Teachable Moments" to help you recognize opportunities or entry points into a discussion of important issues.

"Don't wait for your teen to say, 'I want to talk to you about sex today.' It's not going to happen," writes Haffner's daughter, Alyssa, in the book's Foreword. "You will probably have to initiate the discussion. It may be difficult at first, but most teens will talk to their parents if we think you are comfortable talking to us."

About the Author


Debra W. Haffner has been a parenting educator for more than twenty-five years and works with hundreds of parent groups around the country. She speaks regularly about parenting issues, is a contributor to "The Huffington Post," has written for "WebMD," "iVillage," and "DrSpock.com," and has been featured on "Oprah," "The View," "Today," and in "Time," "Newsweek," "USA Today," and "U.S. News & World Report." She holds a master's in public health from Yale University School of Medicine and a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Currently the director of the Religious Institute, she is also an ordained minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut. She and her husband are the parents of two children, a young adult daughter and a teenage son.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781557048110
ISBN-10: 1557048118
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Pages: 240
Language: English