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Letting Go with Love and Confidence


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Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed., is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and an expert on parenting teens. Regularly voted a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia magazine, he speaks across the country and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two teenage daughters. Susan Fitzgerald is an award-winning journalist. She lives outside Philadelphia.


"An eminently readable, down-to-earth, and spot-on book...You'll end up feeling that Ginsburg is sitting right in your living room (and wishing he were!), handing out wise, practical advice, reminding you that there is so much more right with your teen than wrong. Letting Go with Love and Confidence is likely to end up being your teen years bible." -- Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of The Price of Privilege

"A wonderful guide...refreshingly up-to-date and down to earth. Dr. Ginsburg is deeply respectful of both parents and teenagers." -- Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee "Ginsburg (pediatrics & adolescent medicine, Children's Hosp. of Philadelphia) sticks to the "seven C's" he outlined in his well-regarded Building Resilience in Children and Teens and shows how a sense of competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control leads to healthy outcomes for both parent and teen. Here, he centers on the adolescent years and charts out five goals for parents: managing emotions around letting go, reducing conflict, minimizing anxiety, becoming confident in your parenting ability, and understanding that nurturing independence is an act of love. His style is pleasant and concise and, while 30 chapters and 350-plus pages on teenagers may sound like Gitmo to some readers, his advice will be of great value to parents who stick with his program. Recommended." -- Library Journal

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