Be a Parent Not a Pal "At last! A guide that treats parents with respect and offers real comfort and support in the often baffling world of child rearing."- Dr Loretta Giorcelli, OAM FACE, Professor of Special Education and Child Development Sydney, Australia.
Parenting teenagers today is a tough challenge. It takes purpose, creativity, determination and patience - and some practical advice from people who know what they are talking about. Award-winning specialist teacher, researcher, mentor and speaker, Dr Jeff Kemp, has spent 30 years helping parents ride the roller coaster of parenting. His knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm has helped the most troubled of teens re-engage with school and family after almost being written off by a stressed education system and exasperated parents.
Combining this wealth of experience with research and academic training Jeff has produced a highly inspirational and practical book full of sage advice as well as dozens of real-life teen scenarios parents may face and action plans to deal with them. For Jeff, parenting is a journey of self-discovery for the parent and a journey of self-discovery for their teenager, underpinned by the undeniable reality that as a parent, you are the leader of the family to which your teenager belongs, and as such you must lead. You can't be your teenager's pal, but you can be their parent.
Dr Jeff Kemp is a highly successful educator with over 30 years experience as a teacher and university lecturer, and as a specialist guidance counsellor of children and teenagers, in particular troubled teenagers.
Dr Kemp's renowned early intervention program for troubled 'at risk' teenagers is known as 'Asteros'. The 'Asteros' program extends for 12 months and involves a wilderness adventure experience, intensive in-school student support, parent training and ongoing support from a volunteer mentor (life coach). This unique program was awarded a recognition bursary from Griffith University in Australia which enabled Dr Kemp to visit and study the very best programs for troubled teenagers in the U.S. Dr Kemp has since incorporated the research findings into his current practice.
Be a Parent Not a Pal
Australian Academic Press
Author: Dr Jeff Kemp