Whether your teen’s passion is singing, dancing, acting, art, music, content creation, or another creative art form, parenting “talented” tweens and teens can at times be a wonderful journey of inspiration and celebration—but it can also be a jarring experience full of worry, frustration, confusion, and lack of direction. You may be wondering if some of the challenges your teen is facing are directly connected to their relationship with their art.
In “Parenting Talent: The Grown-Up’s Guide to Understanding and Supporting Creatively Driven Teens and Tweens,” psychologist, author, and fellow parent Dr. Alaina Johnson uses her professional expertise and personal experience to help you guide your tween or teen through the challenges unique to being a young person in the arts.
“Parenting Talent” will teach you:
• How to become the type of parent your teen turns to for support (when they’re not asking you for rides to their activities, of course).
• What to do when perfectionism, procrastination, fear, and anxiety rear their ugly heads (because unfortunately, denial won’t make them go away).
• How to use your tween or teen’s specific personality type to help them find and sustain motivation (because every teen is different!).
• Strategies for helping your teen build their skills, share their art, and face rejection (because your teen didn’t come with a manual).
• Tips for navigating the modern technological landscape of social media and cyberbullying (without feeling like you should just toss your teen’s mobile phone into a river and avoid the internet altogether).
What to do when your teen utters one of two dreaded phrases: “I quit” or “I want to go pro.” (Hint—it’s not running away screaming, “Nooooo!”)
Whether you’re parenting an amateur artist or an aficionado, “Parenting Talent” will become an invaluable resource in your quest to understand, support, and affirm your talented tween or teen.
Meet Alaina Johnson
Life is no stranger to anyone who has ever taken a breath, yet it remains a mystery that very few have been able to solve.
When Kaanja finds himself at an uncomfortable crossroad in his life, he is determined to answer the call of Life. This kicks off a chain reaction for his father, mother, and sister, each of whom end up discovering a facet of Life that is meaningful for them. Guided by Life itself, they unlock the mystery of life piece by piece, learning to deal with everyday issues haunting both older and younger generations, such as unfulfilled expectations, worry, fear, lack of confidence, and nonconformity.
As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place for Kaanja and his family, will Life finally reveal Itself?
Wives, mothers and career women – we have all fallen victim to the silent epidemic that is, literally . . . letting ourselves go. Not the weight-gain, makeup-free, yoga-pants routine. Little by little, we have allowed our preferences, interests, and individuality to slip away until we no longer recognize ourselves outside of our role as wives, mothers, or professionals. Who we are has become what we do.
In the process, our friendships have become the casualty of a “busy life” and lack consistency and depth. We have a gaping hole inside us that longs to be filled. How do we reclaim who we really are and fill this empty space that seemed to appear from nowhere?
The answer lies in our Tribe. Our best friends see us more clearly than we see ourselves and are representations and extensions of our individuality. They are our companions, cheerleaders, and counselors—always in our corner. They are the branches of our tree of life that lift and support us, so we can flourish. Our Tribe is the family with whom we choose to live our life . . . with no strings attached.
Lady and the Tribe is a blueprint for building deep connections. As you read, you’ll be swept away on a journey of friendship as the author shares her own personal stories and those of other women. In the process, you’ll discover how to find, nurture, and deepen friendships and create a Tribe culture that is unique to you.
We can become whole again through the power of connection.
When three or more gather, we are Tribe.
Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers—which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues.
To launch the probe into her closed adoption, Julie first needs the support of her sister. The twins talk things over, and make a pact: Julie will approach their adoptive parents for the adoption paperwork and investigate search options, and the sisters will split the costs involved in locating their birth relatives. But their adoptive parents aren’t happy that their daughters want to locate their birth parents—and that is only the first of many obstacles Julie will come up against as she digs into her background.
Julie’s search for her birth relatives spans eight years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey’s end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest—one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door.
Meet Jon Ziegler
Meet Liza Perks
Meet Cintia Alfonso Fior
Meet Nichole Carpenter
Something is wrong.
Something is terribly wrong.
Suddenly, everyone in town has become grouchy, whiny, wiggly, grabby, slobby, and messy!
Zack and Zoe to the rescue!
As professional Bad Manners Busters, they must save the town from the Bad Manners Monsters before it is too late.
Children and parents love Judi the Manners Lady’s Bad Manners Monsters song from her award-winning CD, and now they love learning how to use their three Kindness Keys to capture and lock up the Bad Manners Monsters that are invading our communities, schools, and our families.
Sing along with Judi The Manners Lady and then enjoy The Bad Manners Monsters book with your children, grandchildren, and your students at school.
Children are both inspired and empowered with the attitudes, words, and actions to capture the Bad Manners Monsters in their lives and to live with Kindness.
Kids of all ages 2-102 love this delightful allegory.
Coming soon in French and Spanish. Teachers’ and parents’ resources are available by emailing Judy at [email protected].
Take a listen to “It’s Fun to Have Good Manners!” by Judi The Manners Lady
JUDI THE MANNERS LADY Live in Concert! with Lyrics