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Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years

by Katie Naftzger Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 160 pages
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
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Parenting a teenager is not easy and parenting an adopted teen has its own unique set of challenges. Full of practical and reassuring advice, this book will help you to support your teen as they face the challenges of emerging adulthood, including issues surrounding relationships and identity.


Describing the essential skills you need to help your adopted teen to confidently face the challenges of growing up, adult adoptee and family therapist Katie Naftzger shares her personal and professional wisdom. She outlines four key goals for adoptive parents:


· To move from rescuing to responding

· To set adoption-sensitive limits and ground rules

· To have connecting conversations

· To help your teen to envision their future


Parents in a Hurricane contains invaluable insights for adoptive parents with simple strategies you can use to prepare your adopted teen for the journey ahead and strengthen the family bond in the process.


Part I: Laying the Foundation.

1: Life Lessons.

2: Breakthrough Moments.

3: Teenhood and Trauma.


Part II: Empathy.

4: Deepening Your Understanding.

5: Changing the Conversation.

6: Next Steps and Blind Spots.


Part III: Expectations.

7: Why Expectations Make the Difference.

8: Nuts and Bolts.

9: Facing Your Fears.


Part IV: Empowerment.

10: Looking Ahead.

11: Paving the Way.

12: On Being a Role Model.

'I loved Parenting in the Eye of the Storm. While Katie Naftzger defines her work as 'a guide for adoptive parents in the teen years', I found it to be so very much more. Inside this book I found priceless wisdom and insight into the wounded hearts of adopted teens. The tools Ms Naftzger shares here are like a flashlight and compass for parents to light the way for their struggling adopted teen and bring them home. Well worth the investment of time!'  -    


'Naftzger provides useful day to day insights and practical suggestions for adoptive families with teens. Her book is filled with personal accounts and situations that are both from her personal experience as well as her clinical practice. This combination of lived and professional insight in the adoption world is rare and makes this book a must-have for all adoptive families.'
Katie Naftzger maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Newton, MA. There, she sees primarily adopted teens, young adults, parents and families and leads local and online groups for adoptive parents. She is actively involved in the adoption community and has spoken at many local and national organizations.