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Comments from Our Visitors

"Thank You! Thank You! Thank You, for this web page and all your great wisdom! It's a darn hard job being a parent and I appreciate being able to come here when I have a question or just need to hear that I'm not the only one with questions and concerns. I check the archives when a situation comes up and alas there it is, already asked and your great and sensible advice to follow."

"I just wanted to thank you for responding to my question about my 11.8 yr old son and the issues of pornography watching. . . As my husband and I read your response we were in awe at how you hit the nail on the button.  It was as if you were in our  home or really knew our son." 

"I just want to thank you so much for the service that you have provided so many families with adolescents, struggling with the issues of growing up and away.

"The best way for me to describe your effect on me, is to say that when I was feeling very depressed about my son's behaviors or worried about my daughter, you gave me important reality checks, and I heard you say, loud and clear, that my kids are fine just the way they are.

"That one clear message, of accepting kids where they are NOW even if it does not match the image of where we would like them to be, helped our relationships immensely. "

"I accidentally came upon your site looking for something else. In about 15 minutes, I knew that it's just not me experiencing these personality changes, my daughter is 9. I commend you at such a great job."

"The Southern Consortium for Children is developing a website for teens in our area of Southeastern Ohio and I have found your website. We are a quasi- governmental non profit agency that provides mental health services to indigent children and adolescents. I am hoping that we would be permitted to use some materials from your website. You have some wonderful and much needed information that we would like to utilize and link to on our website. . . "

"I just came on your website today. As the parent of a 16 year old I wish I had known about it sooner. . . . Mainly, just wanted to say thank you for all of the time and effort you
obviously put into the site. I have gotten many ideas and with everything I have printed out, will have much reading to do and will also be looking for your book(s).

"It's also [good to] know I am not on the maddening ice flow of teenage-hood alone. I thought it was just my kid!!! Everyone else seems so 'normal'!"

"We had a recent problem that was absolutely IT for us. There could not have been a bigger gap between us and our daughter; the outlook was very grim. Desperately sad and angry, I decided to search the internet for help.

"The first site I visited was yours. When I read several of the questions in your archives, I was stunned how applicable and helpful your responses were.

"The info you provided concerning lying helped me finally realize that it is a normal trait of teens and almost necessary to "break free" rather than some kind of flaw. The info you provided about parents trying to exert control hit home the most. I realized that is exactly what I keep doing; forcing too much control over a young adult that is just trying to stretch her wings. I can now adjust my parenting with a great deal more insight.

"To sum things up, your site and advice literally has saved the relationship between my teen and me and our family. My deepest thanks for making it freely available, and offering informative, current, applicable ideas."

"Your site has helped me get through some of the worst days with my teenaged girl. Unfortunately, my computer crashed a few weeks ago and I lost all my favorite websites. Your site was the only one that I felt I HAD to search and find again. It took me a few hours - but I finally found it and was so relieved that I immediately gave [a] donation (through the amazon Click to Give box--see home page). And I let you know about it in hopes that you would email me so I could get your address and email YOU my thanks.

"Thanks again. I'm not real good with words - but...just know that your site gives hope in the darkest hour. (Oops, sorry for being melodramatic - but that's how it feels at times. Plus, I'm in the middle of reading "Lord of the Rings" again.)

"Keep up the great work that you are doing!!!!!!! We need you desperately!!!!"

"Coming across this website has been a lifesaver, it really has helped me organize my thoughts.. thank you.. - teen"

"I am a social worker and I work with rebellious teens. I really like your website and forums because it gives me advice on what to say to parents when they have these typical issues with their teens. I find it very interesting and I really like your website."

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your website. As a mother of a 14 year old girl, I have been pulling my hair out for about a year (dealing with stealing money from me, lying and problems at school). I just discovered your site and couldn't believe that I am actually not the only one out there with these problems. I have found many ideas for a number of
situtations. I plan on trying them out at home. I definitely hope my next letter to you will be a success story. Keep up the good work.
Thanks, L.R."

"Ok this site has taken a great weight off of my shoulders. . . . I'm an 18 year old male . . ."

"First of all, thank you for a wonderful, helpful, and very informative website. What a fantastic tool for struggling parents."

"It was a wonderful relief to find your website! Many of the letters in your archives expressed precisely the struggles we're experiencing with our bright, but challenging 13-year old son."

"Thank you so much for providing comfort and sanity to the "parentally insane" like myself. Your website is a wealth of information and support, and as president of our middle school parent group I intend to encourage parents to visit your website to find answers to questions they may not find elsewhere, or to just know that they are not alone in their frustration by the testimonials of other parents.
I can't thank you enough. Keep up the great work.
Sincerely, M.C., Warren, Michigan"

"I am currently enrolled in a Journalism class with the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. While researching information and sources for an article on Teen & Adult Relations and perceptions I came across your site.

It has proven to be a fount of information."

"I see my daughter quite differently now, and accept that brief glimpses into her world are all she can afford to give me at present. I take, gratefully, the moments she can give, expecting (and respecting) the periods of withdrawal in between. For the most part, I'm succeeding at letting her day-to-day negativity and surliness roll off my back.

"Yesterday, the mother of one of Emily's friends spoke glowingly to me about Emily: her maturity, her intelligence, etc. It was a reminder to me that the self Emily feels safe in revealing to her family is only a fraction of who she is, and an even tinier fraction of who she will be.

"Thanks again, Jean. Your support has made a big difference."

Parenting Adolescents
has meen mentioned in Time Magazine and other periodicals, is linked to in CNN online and at many other web sites; Jean has articles published in Parents Magazine and New Moon and has participated in public radio shows such as New York's WNYC "On the Line," Connecticut's WNPR show, "Real Life Survival Guide."
Jean is currently authoring a book, for which she is seeking a publisher.

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