Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together

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When did that sudden gap divide your home into territories staked and claimed with music blasting through the halls, and fists banging on doors to turn down the stereo/TV/video game? Teens, when did you start seeing your parents as your enemies instead of your heroes? And parents, when did you start seeing your teens as crazy little demons instead of your loving children?

Finally, there is a solution for both sides, and one that will not only bridge that gap but show parents and teens how to prevent it. Jay McGraw-the author of The New York Times bestseller Life Strategies for Teens -- is the ideal person to write a book for both parents and teens. A bestselling author by the age of 21, and son of #1 New York Times bestseller Dr. Phillip C. McGraw known to millions worldwide as Dr. Phil, Jay has seen the parent-teen battle from all angles. In this groundbreaking work, he introduces a new plan for both teens and their parents to work through the issues that divide them and, in the process, rediscover the love that initially defined their relationship.

In this entertaining, informative, and life-changing audiobook, Jay gives instructions to both sides of the familial gap on:

  • Dos and Don'ts for Parents and Teens
  • Parent and Teen Myths
  • Discovering Your Needs
  • Tuning In to the Needs of Others
  • Ten Ways to Bridge the Gap and Reconnect

In finding a common ground, and even more important, a common respect for one another, parents teens can break down the walls, and welcome each other back into one another's lives again.

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Parents, do you know the names of your teen's three closest friends? And teens, do you know what your parents are putting most of their energy into right now? Twenty-two-year-old Jay McGraw, bestselling author of Life Strategies for Teens and son of another bestselling author, Phillip C. McGraw, a.k.a. Dr. Phil, wants parents and teens to find the answers to these questions and begin to bridge the familial gap. With the same fresh-faced, upbeat energy he displayed in his first book, Jay McGraw dispels myths, finds antidotes to "parent poisons," defuses "teenage land mines," and offers a refresher course in teen and parent dos and don'ts. McGraw comes from a unique perspective: a young man barely out of his teens himself, he also has grown up steeped in the tough-love life strategies training and wisdom of his father. Using real-life examples, and translating his dad's life rules into teenage-ese, young McGraw is able to reach a much more challenging audience--teens--as well as their parents, both of whom will appreciate his empathic straight talk and reality checks as they begin to find common ground again. (Ages 13 and older) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Jay McGraw is executive producer of The Doctors, as well as president and CEO of Los Angeles-based Stage 29 Productions. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The 7 Keys to Weight Freedom; Life Strategies for Teens; and Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together. McGraw is a regular contributor on the Dr. Phil show and has also been featured as a teen expert on Larry King Live and the Today show. McGraw earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he received a BS in psychology. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Erica.

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