June 8, 2012

The Approximate Parent:

Author Michael Simon Discusses his New Book on Parenting Teenagers

by Annie Spiegelman

When my son was a hell-on-wheels toddler I attended a parenting workshop on disciplining strong-willed children, led by Michael Simon, founder of www.PracticalHelpForParents.com. As Simon waved goodbye on the last day of class, he gave us our final pep talk and said , "See ya when you have a teenager!" I laughed and thought to myself, I'm not coming back. What could possibly be harder than dealing with a two-year-old?

Now I have a teenager and I recently called Michael Simon (in tears) asking for advice. After starting his career teaching philosophy and psychology, he has worked for the last fifteen years as a marriage and family therapist. He currently leads workshops for parents, teachers and mental health professionals nationally. His first book, The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies that Work with Your Teenager, will be released in early July. I caught up with him during the final edits of his book to ask him what the hell happened to my adorable 2-year-old...

Why the title? Explain what an approximate parent is....

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