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Because I Said So!! / What's the Big Idea?!

Published: 1 August 2011
Pages: 104
Print: Black and White

Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-936172-26-9
Related Categories: Teenagers, parenting


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Because I Said So!! / What's the Big Idea?!


Teenagers appear to be another species. And they show up with no manual (either “operating” or “service”). Because I Said So!! provides that missing document.This is not a “How-to” book as much as it is a guide todeveloping your family’s own “how-to’s.” Each family has its own set of values, though we have many common values, too.I have no interest in telling you what those values should be. I wish to share with you some of the guidelines I have discovered, observed, stumbled across, and learned the hard way during my work as a camp counselor, kindergarten teacher, teacher of adolescents in a psychiatric hospital, psychologist in a residential facility for children with behavioral, emotional, and mental health problems, school psychologist, and private practice psychologist working with children, teenagers, and families.

What’s the Big Idea?! provides teenagers with similar guidelines, not to parent, but to live and improve their self care. I define “Self Care” as: having a good time; gaining understanding on how the way you feel affects the way you act; understanding how the way you feel and act affects others; understanding how the way others feel and act affects you; and getting better at identifying and sharing how you feel with those who care so much about you.

All of us (parents and children) spend a lot of our time, attention, and energy trying to have things the way we want. The two primary sources of power towards having things the way we want:

1) Knowing how good (not “good at”) we are; and

2) Keeping agreements with ourselves and others.

The books share one binding and the same principles; each book promotes the two power sources, supports and encourages the readers to follow these principles and see for themselves.

Flip side of book: What's the Big Idea, Teenagers' Guide

FREE COPY of the LEADERS' MANUAL: If you purchase 5 or more copies of BECAUSE I SAID SO!!/WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?! you will receive a free copy of the Leaders' Manual. Simply put 5 or more copies of the book in your basket and we will include your free manual with your order! (If you decide at a later date to purchase 4 or more copies, you will still receive your free Leader's Manual.)