The teenage years can be difficult for parents and children alike. So much growth and change occurs in a very short amount of time; it can seem like teenagers are trying to push their parents over the edge, and vice versa. In his new book, Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence, veteran psychologist and author Carl Pickhardt offers a unique four-stage model of adolescent growth, and provides substantial advice for dealing with kids at each stage in a healthy, peace-making manner. In the excerpt below, Dr. Pickhardt begins to detail his methods for helping parents shepherd their kids into adulthood.
Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D. is a psychologist with over 25 years in private counseling and lecturing practice in Austin, Texas. In addition to having written magazine, newspaper, and Internet columns, he is the author of 14 parenting books and he continues to be widely interviewed about parenting and parenting adolescents. Over the past two years he has written a weekly blog, “Surviving (your child’s) adolescence,” for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY that has received over 375,000 direct reads to date. Many of these entries have been picked up and posted on the Internet to be read indirectly elsewhere. More information about him may be found at: www.carlpickhardt.com.