Date: January 1, 2005
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Non-Fiction / Parenting / Self-Help
The Good Enough Teen
Adolescents with Love and Acceptance (Despite How
Impossible They Can Be)
By Dr. Brad E. Sachs
Dr. Brad Sachs had just printed his book “The Good Enough
Child” when he found himself swamped by requests. It seemed
that some parents were desperate for advice on how to best raise
their teenagers. Dr. Sachs at first eschewed these requests, pointing
out that his book on children could easily be adapted to teens too.
Fortunately for the parents (and anyone who comes into regular contacts
with teenagers) Dr. Sachs overcame his initial reluctance. The result
is the infinitely readable and enjoyable “The Good Enough
In his latest book,
Dr. Sachs does not tell parents how to change their children into
perfect outstanding adults. Instead, he leads adults through the
five stages that will enable them to, “distinguish between
what you want for your child and what you want from your child”.
The goal here is not to give parents the key to raising ideal offspring,
but rather to discover "The Good Enough Teen"
on their own. This teen is a combination of the fantasy children
we all want and the actual children we’ve given birth to.
As such, the book shows the positive impact of positive in-depth
counseling and getting to the root of teens’ problems. And
the root, more often than not, are the parents themselves. To give
readers an understanding of what he’s trying to say, Dr. Sachs
peppers his book with useful true-to-life examples of real teens
and parents who have come to him for help over the years. The book
is told with humor, compassion, and a heavy dose of common sense.
As a result, readers of this book will find themselves drawn to
Sachs’ arguments and innovative ideas.
As Dr. Sachs
himself points out, there are no hard and fast rules for raising
adolescents today. What this book proposes is that we work through
our teens’ problems and distinguish their harmful behaviors
from their normal attempts to break away and make it on their own.
“The Good Enough Teen” is an excellent exercise in understanding
our young adults. It should be required reading for every parent
of a teen.