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Parents of Teens - You're Empowered!

Mothers Day is on our doorstep, and the "You're Empowered! Parenting Teens with Conviction, Communication and Love" audiobook for parents of teenagers will make a wonderful gift for a mom you know. Sue Blaney is an award-winning author and speaker who specializes in supporting parents in successfully raising teenagers. Access the extensive free resources, articles, e-book, podcasts and more at www.PleaseStoptheRollercoaster.com.

Sue offered to share a quick parenting tip for us. Click the audio link to listen in: Audio Tip from Sue Blaney 

You say on the jacket “The secret to raising teens is communication.” Why do you say this?

If parents and teens can talk, they can work through any issue they will face. And it is perfectly natural for communication to get difficult at times between parents and teens because teens are seeking independence and power all as a part of their natural development. This can be a confusing time; parents can benefit from learning some new approaches.

What kind of information are parents looking for?

Parents’ usually have three questions: 1.)What is “normal” teen behavior? 2.) Am I doing this right… and what are the “rules”? And 3.) How can I keep my teen safe from risky behavior? These questions provide the context for this three hour audio program.

What will parents get out of the program? Give an example

One point that resonates with readers is what I call the “70% solution.” It says “If you and your teen’s combined effort toward a common goal equals 100%, you need to be prepared to make 70% of the effort.” The program is full of concrete points that provide helpful insight about their teens’ behavior and about the small actions parents can take that will positively impact their relationship.

Specifically, parents will learn what the three common communication mistakes are and how to avoid them, what matters most in keeping their kids safe from risky behavior, why tuning into their teen’s feelings is vitally important, and what words work against good communication.

Why is this in audio-book format?

Parents are incredibly busy today, and to be able to listen in the car or at the gym is really time-efficient. The workbook that accompanies the audio makes it easy to review the points later and access additional tips.

Is there a type of parent for whom this program is most appropriate? What is the age range for the teens you talk about?

I find parents of teens have a lot in common and one thing they really appreciate is to learn they are not alone! Hearing stories from other parents, like the ones shared in this audiobook really resonate with most parents with kids from 12 - 18.

How did you come to develop this?

My expertise is in communications, which provides a specific, and unique, perspective. I have developed a parent discussion group program (Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride) that is being used in living rooms, schools, churches and synagogues across the country… but I’ve observed that not everyone has the time to be in a discussion group. This audiobook is for parents who want to invest in their relationship and are open to learning new approaches, but who are short on time. I try to communicate efficiently to make the material time -efficient for busy parents, and of course we also focus on enhancing parent-teen communication.

What kind of response have you gotten on this audiobook?

Not only did it receive a Mom’s Choice Award for excellence, it also won a Ben Franklin Award for best audiobook. But, awards aside, what is most rewarding for me is when I hear from parents directly. And many parents of teenagers tell me they really related to the stories and understood their teenagers better after hearing about things like the “growth and development factors” and the “invisible motivators” that drive teens’ behavior. Parents who have listened to this audio program are very enthusiastic about it!

Thanks so much, Sue!

Sue has graciously offered to give one of her audiobooks to one of our lucky readers. Leave a comment for a chance to win!

General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question on today’s post. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a win a copy of You're Empowered! Parenting Teens with Conviction, Communication and Love . Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 8:00 am EST May 4thth through 10:00 pm EST May 4th, 2010.


  • Stacey Penniman Says:

    Any advice, stories, comments, about how to talk and get along w your teenagers, I will certainly take!!! I have 3 ( ages 14, 16, and 17 ) and I am lost with how to deal with them sometimes.

  • Peg Says:

    I'm the proud mother of two teenage girls. Boy, do I relate to the question, "Am I doing this right?"

  • Tori Says:

    Congratulations Stacey, were the random commenter chosen to receive a copy of You're Empowered!

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