In Tough Guys and Drama Queens, author Mark Gregston shares from his experience as director of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling ministry for teens, and as host of Parenting Today’s Teens radio show, to help parents as they guide their children through the tween and teen years.
His book is divided into three parts. In the first part, Mr. Gregston reflects on the culture of today’s world. He talks about the many things that young people are facing today and how it affects them. In the second part, there are chapters discussing parenting practices that should be avoided, and part three gives us some parenting practices that are successful.
As I read, there were two points that stood out to me as things that the author was really trying to drive home to parents. One was that above all teens need relationships. He points out that with the popularity of Facebook and texting, most relationships in a teen’s life are surface at best. Face to face communication is being sacrificed. Parents need to invest time in their children, developing a deep relationship with them and encouraging them to do that with other friendships. That brings out the other point that the author wants to drive home to parents. Spend time weekly , on purpose with your teen. In the appendix of the book, the author gives pages of suggestions of Conversation Starters to use as a springboard to get the conversation rolling with your kids.
While I did not agree with all of the author’s reasonings or guidelines, in this book, it did have some very helpful tips to remember in working with and raising teenagers.
*This book was given to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.*