"you're Ruining My Life!"

by Jennifer Kolari

Penguin Group Canada | August 9, 2011 | Hardcover

"you're Ruining My Life!" is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

In her new book, Jennifer Kolari applies her empathic approach to parenting to what may be the most difficult time for parents—adolescence. Combining her own experience as a therapist with the most recent scientific information about mental processes, she explains what's going on inside the teenage brain as well as what's going on in their world. This understanding allows parents to de-escalate confrontations by applying techniques such as CALM (Connect, Affect, Listen, Mirror) that bypass language and go directly to the part of the brain that regulates emotion. By understanding how teens think (or don't think) parents come to see why it's so important to create and maintain a strong emotional bond that will allow their almost grown-up children to correct and contain unacceptable behaviours.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.8 in

Published: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006842X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068425

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful, thoughtful and practical This is a great book that has helped me immensely with my 14 year old daughter. I was able to start using the techniques right away and the response from my daughter has been incredible. The approach the author suggests builds empathy both ways because once you can express your understanding/ empathy or simply attentive presence to your teen, they suddenly start thinking about you differently, too. It is not that it makes parenting EASIER -- nothing does -- but is makes it BETTER and RICHER.
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"you're Ruining My Life!"

by Jennifer Kolari

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.8 in

Published: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006842X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068425

From the Publisher

In her new book, Jennifer Kolari applies her empathic approach to parenting to what may be the most difficult time for parents—adolescence. Combining her own experience as a therapist with the most recent scientific information about mental processes, she explains what's going on inside the teenage brain as well as what's going on in their world. This understanding allows parents to de-escalate confrontations by applying techniques such as CALM (Connect, Affect, Listen, Mirror) that bypass language and go directly to the part of the brain that regulates emotion. By understanding how teens think (or don't think) parents come to see why it's so important to create and maintain a strong emotional bond that will allow their almost grown-up children to correct and contain unacceptable behaviours.

About the Author

JENNIFER KOLARI is a child and family therapist with 20 years' experience working with parents and children. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three children.

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