Intended for fathers of adolescents, this text describes words fathers can say and actions fathers can take to stay connected to children during the normal challenges and changes of adolescence. It begins with an explanation of how fathers are different than mothers in their parenting style and how adolescents differ from younger children. Chapters 2 and 3 explain why fathers disconnect from adolescents and the difficulties fathers have in maintaining a balance between work and family life. Chapter 4 clarifies expectations fathers should have for adolescent change by describing the different phases of adolescence: separation from childhood, redefinition of identity, and the departure into independence. Chapters 5 through 8 then describe the growth and challenges faced by adolescents ages 9-13, ages 13-15, ages 15-18, and ages 18-23. Each chapter reviews the roles and responsibilities of fathers during these different periods and provides tips for addressing challenges and conflicts. Recommended strategies for maintaining authority and communicating with adolescents are discussed in Chapters 9 and 10. The two final chapters provide specific strategies for fathering a teenage daughter and fathering a teenage son. Lists of recommended publications, websites, and support groups are also included.
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