How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

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  • a must-read foundation title on how parents can seriously improve their relationship with their teenagers
  • provides anecdotes that gently but effectively drive home the authors’ messages of improved clarity and understanding
  • the book, published in 2006, could use an update to be more relevant for today’s adolescents and their challenges

Nearly ten years after its original publication, How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk still holds its own as a foremost manual to the art and craft of effective adolescent-parent communication. From “Dealing with Feelings” to “To Punish or Not To Punish,” exhausted parents will find within the title much-needed relief and clarity regarding the reestablishment of trust in and compassion for their teenage sons and daughters.

Authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish’s work should be taken with a grain of salt these days, though, for the┬áimpact of Instagram and iPhones and much more heated competition for college makes passages of How to Talk feel today like an Eighties exercise tape: a great workout, if not a little dated.

Faber and Mazlish base the bulk of How to Talk in real-life workshops they’d given to both parents and teens, both separately and together, regarding communication quandaries and combat. As the fruit of their efforts, How to Talk remains a must-read for its anecdote-laden foundation in rebuilding a relationship critical for the young person’s success and for the grownup’s sense of worth as a parent.

All How to Talk really needs is an update to better address the realities of parenting for an era in which GBLT issues, cyber-bullying, obesity, smartphone obsession and other concerns rule the day.