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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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  • M. Hyslop
  • 19-04-2021

Thought Provoking

Planned Emancipation makes sense if you have teens & you’ve taught them obedience...I’m not sure I’ll implement all ideas provided by the author, but he definitely makes some good points. I had my husband listen with me. Not only did he need to hear these things, but he can remind me to back off when needed.

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  • Gwen
  • 10-04-2021

best teen book

This was seriously the most entertaining & useful parenting book I've ever read/ listened to. I devoured it. 2 days & done. ni can't WAIT to begin!

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  • Regan
  • 10-04-2021

Wish I had this sooner! Incredible!

I love how the author reads the book. The information is mine blowing. I love how there are multiple examples on how to execute the plan.

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  • Stephanie Wohl
  • 07-04-2021

Great audio book

Great book, audio or not. Highly recommend. Loved it so much I ordered the physical book.

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  • AshleyC
  • 28-03-2021

Game changer!

If I could I would buy a copy of this audio book for every parent! So much great info presented in a helpful way. The author reads the book and his inflection a bit of dry humor is enjoyable. This is, by far, the best book I've read or listened to about parenting teens.

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  • TM
  • 24-03-2021

Incredibly helpful!

So glad to have found this book. It jives with what I know (we are working to raise independent adults), but lays out a really helpful roadmap to get there. I appreciate the clear wisdom he brings, the sense of humor, and the pacing of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-2021

Maintaining relationships with your teen.

This book is top notch! Practical, useful recommendations for how to move forward with your teen! Addresses topics without too much of information. Set up so you can skip to the chapter you need.
I am a therapist myself with a teenager and this was exactly what I needed to help me increase my own confidence! My only criticism is that I didn’t find this 6 years ago when my older kids were teenagers!

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  • Andrew 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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