Today's parents are confronted with startling degrees of sophistication, independence and boldness that are the badges of a new age of teenagers.
Most teens have already been told, and continue to be told, why they shouldn't smoke cigarettes. They've seen and heard the warnings from their parents and teachers, the Surgeon General, and even the media. But teenagers of the current generation have new attitudes about risk - and they are attracted not only to smoking but also to a whole range of high-risk behavior, including alcohol abuse, drug use, and the practice of unprotected sex.The question is not necessarily why teenagers feel the need to push the limits. We know that risk-taking is a natural and perhaps necessary facet of a teenager's maturation. The question is how parents can protect their children from the very real and dangerous opportunities that they are presented with every day, because in today's fast-paced, high-tech world, the distance between impulse and action is shorter than ever before.The case studies and frank, honest conversations (taken directly from teen focus-groups) contained in this book serve to shed light on the attitudes and issues of this unique generation. This book will help parents reach Generation Risk with communication rather than confrontation, and will provide them with a better understanding of the roles of discipline, trust, and mutual respect. In doing so, it will also give parents the knowledge they need to help their children stay away from smoking and other self-destructive behavior.