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Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite
"The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood" by Michele Sfakianos is a book to equip parents and teens between thirteen and nineteen by giving suggestions about how to deal with issues and conflicts that come up. After describing her motivation for writing the book, the author mentions the different emotional and physical changes teens go through, proper nutrition habits and calorie intake, sleep disorders, peer groups, computer use, and so on. This book also discusses styles of parenting, drug abuse, suicide risk and prevention, dating, and pregnancy. The conclusion ties together the concepts about relationships that are mentioned throughout the text. There is a sample contract for cell phone use at the end of this book, along with a list of websites and organizations for more information.
I enjoyed this book. Teens in today’s society face more problems than their parents and grandparents did, and this author has addressed many topics that reflect her understanding of that fact. The symptom and warning sign lists play a large part in this book. I was surprised by how thorough the discussions about computer safety, teens running away, and parenting styles are. The most important part of this book, in my opinion, is the message that communication between parents and teens is essential. The suggestions about “teachable moments” made a lot of sense to me. I also appreciated that the author said both teens and parents should read her book. This author did a great job of informing readers of facts, statistics, and studies without making it boring. Very well done.