Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

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Publish Date: 2017-04-04

Binding: Paperback

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Lisa Damour, Ph.D., director of the internationally renowned Laurel Schools Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughters erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains whats going on, prepares parents for whats to come, and lets them know when its time to worry.


In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinctand absolutely normaldevelopmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions, including

My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
Do I tell my teen daughter that Im checking her phone?
My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?
Wheres the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
My teenage daughter wants to know why Im against pot when its legal in some states. What should I say?
My daughters friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girls mother to let her know?

Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

Praise for Untangled

Finally, theres some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. [Untangled] is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book Ive come across in a long time.The Washington Post

Anna Freud wrote in 1958, There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves. In the intervening decades, the transition doesnt appear to have gotten any easier which makes Untangled such a welcome new resource.The Boston Globe

Damour offers a hopeful, helpful new way for parents to talk aboutand withteenage girls. . . . Parents will want this book on their shelves, next to established classics of the genre.Publishers Weekly

For years people have been asking me for the girl equivalent of Raising Cain, and I haven't known exactly what to recommend. Now I do.Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Cain

An essential guide to understanding and supporting girls throughout their development.Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes

A gem. From the moment I read the last page Ive been recommending it to my clients (including those with sons!) and colleagues, and using it as a refreshing guide in my own work with teenagers and their parents.Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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