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||Seven Strategies for Understanding and Living with
Your Teenager, 2006|
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meBased on five years of teaching teenagers in the public and
private sector, this book seeks to guide parents in their
relationships with teenage children. It describes useful strategies
used by adults who have been successful in their experiences with
children and offers hope to those who have struggled to communicate
effectively with their children. It shows that parents who guide
without blame and use honest communication are able to create
loving, life-long relationships with their children. The seven
strategies highlighted in the book include:
- 1. The 75/25 strategy: Listen to your children 75% of
the time and talk 25% of the time.
- 2. Set boundaries: Be clear about what you want from
your child, and where you are willing to compromise.
- 3. Choose your battles carefully: Not every discussion
with your child needs to be a fight.
- 4. Be a parent first and a friend second: Put your
child’s needs first and practice what you preach.
- 5. Admire the adult who will grow from the child:
Accept your child’s shortcomings and know he or she is still
- 6. Children are their parents’ reflection: Be your
child’s first and most influential role model.
- 7. Learn to let go: Prepare for and promote your
child’s independence and maturity.
||Kind of Acts of Kindness -
a memoir, writing presently|
Sometimes it can seem that life deals us the
wrong family members. Parents can be distracted, unfriendly, angry
and aloof. Our siblings hold different interests or ideologies.
Life, as we know it, is a solo, and therefore lonely journey. Until,
at the most inopportune and unexpected moments parents and siblings
suddenly make sense. It is in these particular moments that we
remember our families most fondly. For while it many not have been
their intent, they can and do commit amazing acts of
||In Search of the Sun,
of age story that deals with the issues of anger, violence and
jealousy that face American teenagers today. After years of bullying
and harassment by her classmates, a seventeen-year-old girl is
charged with the murder of another student. There is no question of
her guilt since she commits the murder at a party in front of her
classmates. But then there is the question of motivation. Can there
be an explanation for such violent crime? And is the girl with the
gun the only one responsible? Or are there others to share the