Monday, October 30, 2017

TLC Book Tours: The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans

Another day, another TLC Book Tour.

This time, I am talking about The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult by Josh Shipp.

Here's some book info:

About The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans

ï Hardcover:†336 pages ï Publisher:†Harper Wave (September 19, 2017) A practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp. In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didnít need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself. Now, in†The Grown-Upís Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenagerís life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage. Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:
  • FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and itís not their fault?
  • COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.
  • TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?
  • BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.
Written in Shippís playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice,†The Grown-Upís Guide to Teenage Humans†tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it's not about shortcuts or magic wordsóas Shipp reminds us, itís about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive. And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens and teens understand themselves. He is a global youth empowerment expert and an acclaimed speaker. He has appeared on MTV, Lifetime,†The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX,†20/20,†Good Morning America, and in the†New York Times†and other media. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His organization, One Caring Adult, produces resources and training events for parents, educators, and caring adults. Visit to learn more and for free resources. Find out more about Josh at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

My Take:

I liked this book, and I am so happy to be a part of this tour NOW while I still have a tween and can practice. Not only does Shipp compile a bunch of research about adolescent behaviors, but he also combines the data with his own experiences in a way that is really understandable and engaging.  The book is also full of hands-on guides that you could pull out and use in your own life.  I found his house rules template really useful, for example, because it is general enough to apply to a variety of family settings but also specific enough to help guide new teen parents.

He talks a lot about holding teens accountable for their behavior in respectful ways that foreground their humanity and teach them the skills the need for being humans.  In this vein, he has a great apology template parents and teen scan use to help teens say their sorry to peers, teacher, etc.  I loved it!

Another concrete takeaway from this book is his idea of a notebook that parents and teens can use to communicate with each other.  When I was in high school, my best friends and I had notebooks that we would write in and pass back and forth-- and I still love to read the notes.  I imagine that kids could do this today with text strings, but I think I'll do notebooks with my own teens because having the written record is lovely, even if not all of the notes are pleasant.

The whole book is premised on having respect for your kids, being realistic about where you stand, and parenting through radical honesty.  All three of these tenets match up with my current philosophy and  also make parenting a teen--- something that sounds scary in theory-- seem doable.

I recommend this book, and if you are a planner like I am, you might want to go ahead and read it now before your kids get too big.

1 comment:

  1. My son will be 16 shortly so I think this book needs to in my hands asap!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.