Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence

Riverhead Books, 2000 - 359 pages
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"In her argument on how to raise our young adolescents, Laura Sessions Stepp helps us navigate this critical age, this last, best shot at helping our youngsters grow up to be responsible, happy adults. Ten- to fifteen-year-olds are often dismissed as moody, baffling creatures. Yet the years through which they pass - developmentally very different from the later teenage years - are perhaps the most critical time in the human life cycle, a fateful juncture at which unmatched physical and intellectual growth, expanding creativity, emerging moral sensibilities, awakening sexuality, and maturing emotions powerfully converge. Amid all this change it is easy for parents of young adolescents to feel unsure of what constitutes "normal" behavior; too often they can fail to distinguish between behaviors that signal healthy growth and those that indicate real trouble. Without understanding the difference, they are in danger of forfeiting their greatest opportunity to effect decisive changes."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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An eye-opening journey among a strange tribe: American adolescents.Washington Post education writer Stepp considers young adolescents (ages 10 to 14) as distinct from older teenagers as infants are ... Consulter l'avis complet

Our last best shot: guiding our children through early adolescence

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It's pretty much agreed that adolescence is a tough time. So difficult, argues Stepp, that at the onset it is "our last best shot" at helping our children grow and thrive, encouraging their creativity ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specializes in covering teenagers and young adults for the Style section of The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in such publications as Parent, Child, Working Mother, Reader's Digest, and Harvard's Nieman Reports. She has twice been a resident scholar at the National Academy of Sciences, has served as a member of the U.S. Surgeon General's Healthy People 2000 panel on adolescence and chairs the board of advisors of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland. Stepp, who has three grown children, lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband.

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