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Feeding the Mouth That Bites You

A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them into the World
Narrated by: Dr. Kenneth Wilgus
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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"There are times when parenting seems nothing more than feeding the mouth that bites you." (Peter De Vries)

Parenting teenagers can be hard. Maybe you already know that. The question is, does adolescence really need to be a frustrating time for parents and teenagers? If your child isn't a teenager yet, can you make preparations now to avoid many of the pitfalls parents of adolescents go through? With so much information and differing viewpoints, how can a parent really know that they are "doing it right"?

In Feeding the Mouth That Bites You, Dr. Ken Wilgus outlines a clear and practical path through the confusion of parenting adolescents in today's world. Engaging, accessible, and funny, Feeding the Mouth That Bites You summarizes Dr. Wilgus's best teachings on how to parent teenagers, collected over 25 years of work with adolescents and their families as well as two decades of teaching on parenting.

Though trends and technology will always change, the adolescent need for autonomy remains the one foundational issue that is the largest obstacle to a healthy parent/teenager relationship. Feeding the Mouth That Bites You explains this need and the effect it has on a wide range of teenage behavior. Dr. Wilgus clearly outlines his method for safely and effectively meeting this need: Planned Emancipation. Once parents clearly understand adolescents' needs and know how to respond, parenting a teenager becomes much less frustrating. Even their teenagers join in to help out!

Knowing what your teenager needs and being able to provide for that need is truly the art of Feeding the Mouth That Bites You.

©2015 Kenneth R. Wilgus (P)2015 Kenneth R. Wilgus

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  • Andrew , Yvonne & Gavin Huffaker
  • 15-06-2020

Must read for parent of 10-20 year olds

This is brilliant!!!!! I have never been more excited about implementing ideas than I am after this book. I finally have some answers to the all
too common refrain, “I just don’t know what to do.”
Thank you.

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  • Violet
  • 06-03-2020

Finally, advice that actually works for raising and launching teens!

Great perspective for giving kids freedom and launching them into the world as adults who know how to properly function in society. Our religious cultures tend to hold on tightly to control for their protection. This book shows how to let go a little and let kids make mistakes while they’re under your roof as opposed to figuring life out when they’re grown and flown.

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  • Kat
  • 04-01-2020

Reading Again!

Makes Complete Sense!! This is should be mandatory reading for all parents. I will be reading it again and again

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  • Robert W Leale
  • 04-08-2019

Understanding parenting a teen

This book takes a complex subject, how to be a parent of a teenager, and breaks it down so we can all figure it out. This is a must read for all parents. Great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2019

Are some insight into how and why to give your child Independence.

Wonderful insight into the mind and development of a teenage brain. Helps you to understand how and why it is important to hand over responsibility to your child fully by the time they’re 18.

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  • mlt82
  • 27-04-2019

Great info!

If you have a child, especially a teen, you definitely need to read this book! It helped me see the many areas where I was interacting with my teen in a way that was pushing him away, and it gave me steps to change that! Great info!

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  • Andrea D.
  • 05-02-2019

such a helpful book

good throughout and kept me thinking he was talking directly to me. Great if your raising a teen.

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  • Tiffany Lopez
  • 31-01-2019

Off the charts good

I loved this book! Listened 3x already. It answered so many of my questions other teen books do not and was super eye opening to what my teens need. It was an answer to prayer. Very practical. Felt like a huge relief...like this is what I’ve been missing

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  • Blake E.
  • 28-12-2017

Excellent!

Great resource and very insightful. Wilgus lays out the teen/parent conflict so accurately and easy to understand. Practical tips to dig deeper with your teen.

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  • Paul Luedtke
  • 01-12-2017

Excellent book on the teen years

Excellent book on the teen years by one of the country's foremost experts on adolescents. A must read for any parent!