The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together to Grow Through Adolescence
Viewing adolescence in the context of the family, "The Seven-Year Stretch" is the first book to show parents how and why some teenagers end up well ... Show synopsis Viewing adolescence in the context of the family, "The Seven-Year Stretch" is the first book to show parents how and why some teenagers end up well adjusted while others end up in trouble. Why are some teens impulsive rule-breakers, while others seem more mindful of right and wrong? Why do some turn to drugs and alcohol regularly, while others experiment only on occasion? Why are some families constantly battling, while others have only minor conflicts? How can parents distinguish between normal rebellion and deeper problems? Laura Kastner, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D., introduce us to a range of families - from thriving to struggling - and explain how their behavior patterns, past and present, affect the teenager's development. Garnered from Dr. Kastner's clinical and teaching experience, these true-to-life stories and dialogues illustrate the impact of such factors as clashing parenting styles, the temperaments of parents and children, parents' own unresolved issues, marital dynamics, and circumstances such as divorce, financial stress, and cultural differences. With optimism and creativity, the authors explain how parents can harness their family strengths to face today's challenges for adolescents. They look beyond the "shoulds, " describing what different parenting approaches look like and sound like in action.