Have a New Teenager by Friday

  • by Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by Kirby Heybourne
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Do you know this person?

He eats cereal out of a large mixing bowl.
Her bedroom looks like a garbage dump... on a good day.
If there were an Academy Award for eye-rolling, he’d win.
She changes outfits three times before breakfast...

Congratulations! You have a teenager in your home. Life will never quite be the same again (of course, you already know that). But it can be better than you’ve ever dreamed. In fact, you’re just five days away from your teenager asking, “What can I do to help?” Guaranteed! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman will help you:

gain respect - even admiration - from your teenager
establish healthy boundaries and workable guidelines
communicate with the “whatever” generation
turn selfish behavior around
navigate the critical years with confidence
pack your teenager’s bags with what he or she needs for life now and in the future
become the major difference-maker in your teenager’s life.
With Dr. Leman’s instinct and insight, plus an index with gutsy advice on 75 hot-button issues that keep parents up at night, Have a New Teenager by Friday will help you get real results - real fast.


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Customer Reviews

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Listen with a Critical Mind

This book is okay. I've read many parenting books and there's little here that's good that I haven't heard before...but some of what's on here is just...not good.

Example: The writer portrays a parenting scenario of a child being disrespectful to her mother on a Saturday morning. The parent does nothing, keeping a cool head and ignoring the teen. Saturday evening when the teen asks for mom's car keys, mom has made sure to have them in her pocket, and says "no." "But why," the girl inquires? "Because I didn't like being disrespected this morning," the parent replies.

This is supposed to be an example of an effective deterrent...waiting 9 hours to stick it to a kid is not likely to improve their relationship, or teach self-control or respect, in my opinion. And there are a number of similar suggestions that I might find laughable in a parenting book, if it wasn't all so disappointing.

Then there's the fact that the author mentions your child may need to be moved to a different school or even a different city for any changes to work with him/her...so much for having a new teen by Friday.

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- Stephanie

Are you Kidding?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

While I like Dr. Leman, the title and premise of this book is ridiculous, unethical and dishonest. You cannot change anyone, including yourself and especially your teenager within 5 days. Dr. Leman states that parents hold all the cards to change the teen. This is not true. While parents hold significant influence, parents are not the only variables in the lives of teenagers.
Some good practical advice but often simplistic answers. Again, I like Dr. Leman as a person and therapist, but parents should not believe this is all that needs to happen for significant change to occur. Beware of parental guilt if things do not work out by Friday afternoon.
Dr. W.

What does Kirby Heybourne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well read.

Do you think Have a New Teenager by Friday needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


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- Dr. Wesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2011
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio