Raising teens and tweens to become healthy, loving, and independent individuals is a process filled with pitfalls and challenges — from bullying, drugs, sex, and peer pressures to unrelenting societal demands, endless technology challenges, and negative parental or school influences. Award-winning educator Douglas Haddad, who has helped thousands of middle school students transition from being kids into young adults, presents a forceful, insightful, and inspiring guide for parents, educators, and caretakers to use to help raise the newest generation in his latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child’s Full Potential (Rowman & Littlefield, February 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4422-5695-8; 286 pages).
“Children are living in a ‘war on childhood,’ where problems no longer are viewed as opportunities to problem-solve, but rather an ‘enrichment opportunity’ at every turn,” asserts Doug. “Our children are over-scheduled, distracted by technology, and exposed to so much so fast. We need to help overwhelmed parents and educators to navigate this overwhelming, frenetic-paced society.”
Doug identified 10 tools to nurturing smart, successful, and self-disciplined teens and tweens, including:
- · Be the boss by sharing power with your child
- · Use empathy and consequences
- · Kick your kid’s butt effectively – but not literally
- · Give your child the license to problem ownership
- · Get your kid Motivated
“I’ve written this book to provide you with the essential tools to help you make that transition from sole decision maker and manager to a supportive facilitator in helping to successfully guide your child through turbulent waters and set appropriate limits as they grow to become unlimited in their potential as smart, successful and self- disciplined individuals,” says Doug. “In order to successfully support and guide your child as they encounter adversity, defeat, failure and peer pressure, it is important that you possess specific strategies to fall back on when things get rough.”
He also outlines the warning signs and solutions to 10 critical challenges middle schoolers and high schoolers are exposed to, including:
- · How to take the “bull” out of bullying and address youth violence
- · How sex can change a child’s life forever
- · Bad habits: gambling, alcohol, drugs, smoking
- · Depression and suicidal tendencies
- · Eating disorders, physical inertia, and health issues
Doug has seen firsthand many of these challenges that kids experience. As an educator, he spends between seven and eight hours a day working with children from different backgrounds and possesses a wide perspective on the needs of “the whole child” and the challenges they are going through. Furthermore, as a child, he experienced relentless attacks from bullies, and because of that, he’s been an outspoken advocate against youth violence.
His book provides a fresh, comprehensive guide for parents who desperately seek solutions, especially answers to these problems:
- · “How do I gain confidence as a parent to choose wisely and help my child succeed at all levels?”
- · “How can I react better when faced with temper tantrums or rebellious behavior?”
- · “How do I effectively talk about topics like sex, drugs, and bullying with my kid?”
- · “How do I listen better so I actually get to know who my child really is?”
- · “How can I communicate effectively and connect with my child so she knows I love her?”
- · “How do I get my child to be motivated at school and in organized activities without becoming detrimental to my child’s development or injuring our relationship?”
“The difficulty in parenting today,” says Doug, “lies in a lack of knowledge for many parents with burgeoning problems that children are currently faced with, as well as a parent’s ongoing concern for her child’s safety and needs, and how all of these pressures can create a disconnect between them.”
Doug provides parents with useful, time-proven, kid-tested methods to handle stressful or dangerous situations appropriately and effectively. By providing anecdotes, specific steps and tools, practical exercises, and encouraging ideas, Doug provides the strategies that parents will need to simplify parenting in a fast-paced, tech-driven, info- saturated and complex world – and gain a lasting connection with their child – while truly helping them prepare for adulthood.
“Douglas Haddad delivers parents a no-fail approach to raising children. If you could read only one book to help children become successful and reach their unlimited potential, The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens has everything you need and is the one to get!” – Jack Canfield, multiple #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series, success coach, and human potential thought leader
Douglas Haddad is an award-winning middle school teacher, best-selling author, and parenting and education expert.
Douglas has been awarded “Teacher of the Year” in his Connecticut school district and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens (Rowman & Littlefield, February 2017). He has taught over 2,000 students in his 17 years as an educator, working with children from all different backgrounds and abilities.
He was recognized as the 2016-2017 Simsbury, Connecticut
Teacher of the Year and has been named a 2017 Teacher-Ambassador for Public Education in the State of Connecticut. Douglas has worked as a coach, personal trainer,
nutrition counselor, tai chi ch’uan and reiki master, one-on-one mentor, and tutor. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist for elite athletes. Douglas has been featured in the NEA Today magazine and the CEA Advisor for educators for his unique contributions in curbing childhood obesity.
Douglas is also a blogger, contributing writer, and has been featured in many national print and online outlets. In addition to his work as an author, educator and wellness expert, Douglas Haddad is a modern-day Renaissance man who has also been on stage singing, playing piano, writing music, performing voiceovers for various companies and products, and acting in theatrical performances, film, television, and commercials over the years.
He has been featured as a regular guest expert on FOX, NBC, ABC, and ION television. He graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/secondary education and a master’s degree in biology. Furthermore, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bridgeport with a second master’s degree in human nutrition and was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as a lifetime member.
Douglas resides in Connecticut with his wife. For more information, please consult: www.douglashaddad.com
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