Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers

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In this practical book, Dr. Peter Benson, a leading authority on childhood and adolescence, describes a simple yet powerful plan for awakening the spark that lives inside each and every young person. Sparks—when illuminated and nurtured—give young people joy, energy, and direction. They have the power to change a young person’s life from one of “surviving” to “thriving.” Grounded in new research with thousands of teenagers and parents, Sparks offers a step-by-step approach to helping teenagers discover their unique gifts, and works for all families, no matter their economic status, parenting situation, or ethnic background.

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The greatest gift parents can give their children is to helpthem discover their purpose and passion.

In this practical book, Dr. Peter Benson, a leading authority onchildhood and adolescence, describes a simple yet powerful plan forawakening the spark that lives inside each and every young person.Sparks—when illuminated and nurtured—give young peoplejoy, energy, and direction. They have the power to change a youngperson's life from one of "surviving" to "thriving."

Grounded in new research with thousands of teenagers andparents, Sparks offers a step-by-step approach to helping teenagersdiscover their unique gifts, and works for all families, no mattertheir economic status, parenting situation, or ethnic background.The simple steps are:

  • Recognize the Power of Sparks

  • Know Your Own Teenager

  • Help Discover and Reveal Your Teen's Sparks

  • Be the Captain of Your Teen's Spark Team

  • Keep Your Teen's Spark Lit

Young people who identify their sparks and get support indeveloping them from caring adults have higher grades in school andare more likely to be

  • Socially competent

  • Physically healthy

  • Volunteers to help other people

  • Good stewards of the earth and its resources

  • Possessed of a sense of purpose

Isn't this what we all want for our teenagers?

Help your teen find his or her spark. Your role is crucial, andthis book will give you everything you require to be the "sparkchampion" your child needs.

Young people who identify their sparks and get support indeveloping them from caring adults have higher grades in school andare more likely to be

  • Socially competent

  • Physically healthy

  • Volunteers to help other people

  • Good stewards of the earth and its resources

  • Possessed of a sense of purpose

  • Isn't this what we all want for our teenagers?

Help your teen find his or her spark. Your role is crucial, andthis book will give you everything you require to be the "sparkchampion" your child needs.

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Praise for Sparks

"Peter Benson's Sparks is an insightful, step-by-stepguide for parents who want to help their teenagers be happier. Itdeserves to be read by all adults looking for ways to inspire (andbe inspired by) today's youth."
—Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

"Dr. Benson provides an evidence-based and empowering breath offresh air that reminds us that all youth need and deserve caringadults who support them to find the spark within."
—Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO, Big Brothers BigSisters of America

"Sparks provides a whole new outlook on our relationshipswith teenagers. I hope it reaches and touches everyone who caresabout our nation's youth."
—Irv Katz, executive director, National Collaboration forYouth

"Peter Benson's pioneering work has long been an inspiration forall who are dedicated to bringing out the highest potential in ouryoung, and his new book is a wellspring of illuminating insight,sound practical advice, and a stirring call to action for raisingthe younger generation with the wise guidance they deserve."
—William Damon, Ph.D., professor and director, StanfordCenter on Adolescence and author, The Path to Purpose

"A must-read for parents, this book is also an inspirational,practical guide for youth development professionals, teachers,coaches, and mentors who want to help teens discover their passionsand enjoy meaning, purpose, and happiness."
—Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubsof America

"The teen years can be the most challenging ones for both teensand their parents. At the same time they can also be the mostrewarding. Peter Benson provides valuable, practical insights andadvice in Sparks which parents will turn to time and again as theysupport their teenager in making healthy choices."
—Neil Nicoll, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA

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