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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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keeping your teens safe if or when they choose to drink

a successful strategy

Here's the Problem

No parent is prepared for the first time his or her teen is caught drinking. You have lectured till you were blue in the face about how dangerous drinking is. One parent, the child of an alcoholic herself—with a brother who's an addict—had conversation after conversation with her teen about the dangers of addiction and the possibility of genetic addiction for him should he become a drinker or drug user. She thought that she had done a brilliant job of putting the fear of God into her 15-year-old! Like many parents, she was naive and hadn't yet “teen-proofed” ...

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