Conversations with Teens

This book for parents and teens is dedicated to Judy Krizmanic Weingarten, a young mother who died far too young of cancer. Judy was a gifted writer and was exceptionally aware of the importance and value of communication. Her illness and death necessitated many difficult conversations. Our purpose is to encourage and facilitate sharing one's thoughts and feelings in families, schools, therapeutic settings, and everywhere communication is important.

Kids today are growing up in scary times. This book addresses some of ther stress and anxiety. The How to Use this Book and the Starters chapters provide specific directions on how to initiate important conversations about some hard to start subjects. This deceptively simple book is not so simple. 

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Like worrying about our pulse, we often don't pay much attention to real communication with our kids until something is wrong and then we have to pay a lot of attention. Knowing how to communicate about what is on their minds now can help prevent possible problems in the future. It is meant to be read by, not only parents, but also teachers, school psychologists, social workers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, friends and anyone who works with or observes children, 'tweens or adolescents. All proceeds are donated to organizations that support families through challenging times. 

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Interested in understanding what your teen really thinks? What I Wish You Knew Conversations may be of help. Written by Sharon Weingarten, a sensitive and observant clinician and mother, this book offers an illuminating look into the inner world of adolescents. Teens naturally (and understandably) keep much to themselves as they develop identities and lives independent of their parents. Supporting and guiding them through this process takes patience, a bit of wisdom, and the ability to truly listen to your teens' thoughts, feelings, and concerns. In this slim volume you'll listen in on teens’ lives as they share their worries.”


Mark A. Reinecke, Phd. | Professor and Chief Psychologist, Northwestern University


The book helps families initiate important conversations with each other.