The New Adolescence
Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction
by Christine Carter, PhD
Pub Date 18 Feb 2020
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Raising teenagers has always been hard. But it is much harder these days.
Today’s teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, one that is defined by social media and mobile devices. This has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are paralyzed by new problems that didn’t exist less than a decade ago, like social media and video game obsession, sexting, and vaping.
A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research—including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology—with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In The New Adolescence, you’ll find realistic ways to help teens and preteens find joy, focus, ease, motivation, fulfillment and engagement.
Inside, find practical guidance for:- Providing the structure teens need while giving them the autonomy they seek
- Helping them overcome distractions
- Teaching them the art of “strategic slacking”
- Protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression
- Fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need
- Effective conversations about tough subjects—including sex, drugs, and money
The New Adolescence is a realistic and reassuring handbook for parents. It offers road-tested, science-based solutions for raising happy, healthy, and successful teenagers.
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“Mixing cutting-edge science with humor and personally earned wisdom, Christine Carter makes a convincing case that we need to step up our parenting with our teens. Fortunately, she also tells us how to do so in The New Adolescence in ways that seem not just possible in our busy lives, but deeply practical and empowering for both parents and adolescents.” —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm, Aware, and coauthor of The Power of Showing Up
“Christine Carter truly gets teenagers. The New Adolescence is a sane, informative, and helpful book that I will be gifting over and over. It has already made me a better parent—and a happier one, too.” —Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure
“Dr. Carter brings her wonderful blend of solid science, practical suggestions, and warm encouragement to the biggest challenge most parents face: raising teenagers these days. The New Adolescence is both deep and accessible, comprehensive and fast-paced, and honoring of adolescents and respectful of parents’ needs for reasonable authority.” —Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, and Buddha’s Brain
“Christine Carter has spent the last two decades honing the art and studying the science of effective parenting. This hands-on book is the guide every parent of teenagers needs.” —Susan Stiffelman, MFT, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting with Presence (an Eckhart Tolle Edition)
“With solid research, relatable storytelling, and practical strategies and tactics, Christine Carter provides teens, parents, and families with the lifelines they need to create meaning, fulfillment, and the human connection that makes real life worth living. In this confusing and often terrifying brave new world, The New Adolescence comes as welcome and hopeful relief." —Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed and director of The Better Life Lab at New America
“If you’re an American parent looking for helpful best practices in raising a teenager in this age of fractured attention and uncertain promise, you’ll find sound advice in Christine Carter’s The New Adolescence.” —Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift and The Time Bind