Monday, January 16, 2012

What Your Son Isn't Telling You: Unlocking The Secret World Of Teen Boys by Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger

 Keys to Understanding Your Son's Heart and Mind

 Your son struggles with the constant pressure to prove himself--in the classroom, on the playing field, and especially among his friends. And while he may put up a tough exterior, deep inside he hungers for family support and connection. You long to be there for him, but chances are he's put up a formidable wall of silence, leaving you wondering how to break through.

In What Your Son Isn't Telling You, teen experts Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger offer a rare glimpse into the secret lives of teen boys--behind-the-scenes footage you might miss in the day-to-day life of your son--accompanied by practical advice on how to provide the support and connection your son desperately needs. 

Packed with real-life stories and emails from teen guys, this must-read will give you a new understanding of what your son isn't telling you.

What Your Son Isn't Telling You provides a rare look at the secret lives of teen boys--a world characterized by loneliness and peer fear; one in which measuring up as a man means conforming to a code of always being a tough guy, never showing weakness, and never expressing true feelings. Too many boys feel the constant pressure to prove themselves in classrooms, on playing fields, and especially among their friends. Deep inside they hunger for family support and connection--and long to be accepted by their peers. Each chapter of this must-read book is packed with real-life stories and emails from teen boys that will give parents a new understanding of what their sons aren't telling them.

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I got this book because I have a son who will be 13 in a matter of months. I do have an older son already grown and out of the home, but I wanted to be able to understand my younger son better than I did my older one. The whole learning from our mistakes and making better choices as we grow was my motivation. 

This book is a great eye opener for parents into the world of a young man struggling to become a man while still dealing with things as a teenager. I think every parent, mom and dad, should read this book and then take the time to apply what they learn from it. 

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Author Bio

Michael Ross is a veteran youth communicator and former editor of Breakaway, a national magazine for teen guys published by Focus on the Family. His online advice column--"HEY MIKE!"--was read by thousands worldwide each month. Michael is also the author of more than 18 books for young people, including the Gold Medallion winner BOOM: A Guy's Guide to Growing Up and a bestselling devotional, Faith That Breathes. He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Colorado Springs with their young son, Christopher, and two cats.

Susie Shellenberger founded Focus on the Family's Brio magazine for teen girls and served as editor for more than two decades. A former youth pastor and a high school teacher, she has written more than 40 books (including What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You) and is in demand as an international speaker for women's groups and teens. She also started the Brio Mother/Daughter Cruise for Focus on the Family. She has been featured on numerous media outlets including It's a New Day, HomeWord with Jim Burns and Moody's Midday Connection. She recently launched Susie, a magazine for teen girls. She lives in Colorado Springs and, in her spare time, enjoys walking her 150-pound St. Bernard and sometimes eating cereal for dinner.

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