Kids today are growing up in scary times. What I Wish You Knew Conversations with Teens addresses the stress, anxiety and far too real fears of children and teens. It is about communicating and connecting and having frequent easy conversations between generations.

All parents want to help and protect their children, but most don't know how to initiate serious conversations with them. This unique new book by Sharon Weingarten, with prologue and input from pediatrician, Mariana Glusman, Laura Thompson, Dr. Victoria Sandler and students around the world, is about the importance of having ongoing dialogue with children and teens. The How to Use this Book and the Starters chapters of this book provide specific directions on how to initiate important conversations about some hard to start subjects.


This deceptively simple book is not so simple. 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 with children and teens 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.

Proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to organizations that help families through challenging times.


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.