Title: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
Author: Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
Publisher: Ballantine Books, February 9, 2016
Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Self-Help
In Untangled, Damour, obviously an advocate for teens, offers advice in a supportive and nonjudgmental tone that rejuvenates parents and reinstates their ability to be reasonable, calm, and loving in the face of a rapidly changing and volatile relationship with their daughter. Working within the framework of seven distinct strands of development a girl travels through (parting with childhood, joining a tribe, harnessing emotions, contending with adult authority, planning for the future, entering the romantic world, caring for herself), Damour walks us through common, culturally relevant situations, providing perspective changing insight and grounding guidance on reasonable techniques to grow through them.
With her confident advice, what was once full-blown conflict between parent and teen about explosive and painful topics (such as technology use, social troubles, anxiety, suffering schoolwork, sexual pressure, and so forth) becomes a valuable moment when a parent helps their child progress in their healthy development.
This is a book that I will return to when I get frustrated and need reminding of the specific role I play as a loving parent of a strong and independent developing teen. Every parent of a girl should read it!
This review copy was provided for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.