You and Your Teenager

Understanding the Journey

Jeanne Meijs; Translated by Philip Mees

Out of print

Quick Look

  • An inspiring approach to parenting and understanding teenagers by an experienced family therapist
  • An invaluable down-to-earth handbook, providing practical advice
  • Includes sections on teenage excess, passivity and boredom, sexuality, difficult behaviour and the digital age

Seeing teenagehood as a journey along a path, ultimately to freedom, this book is both a considered overview of teenagehood and a practical, down-to-earth guide for parents facing particular challenges.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
288 pages
Publication date:
25 Jul 2013


'Teenagers are in the midst of an incredible adventure of the soul that forms the foundation of their adulthood.'

The teenage years can be a challenging time, but family therapist Jeanne Meijs sees teenagehood as a journey along a path, a journey that parents and teenagers can travel together. This book helps parents to understand the journey, and how to support their child along the way.

As the relationship between parents and teenagers changes and develops, it can feel as if the child is rejecting all usual forms of love and care. Meijs explores how to find new kinds of love, as well as encouraging parents to examine their own teenage years and how that time affects their approach to their own children's teenagehood.

The book includes sections on teenage excess, approaches to passivity and boredom in teens, sexuality, difficult behaviour (including addiction), being a teenager in a digital age, and issues that arise from divorce.

You and Your Teenager is both a considered overview of teenagehood, and a thoroughly practical and down-to-earth book from which parents can draw strength, inspiration and guidance.


'This book is both interesting and helpful. It has helped me understand why teenagers might behave as they do, and why our responses or behaviour might not always be beneficial.'
-- JUNO magazine


Jeanne Meijs is a family therapist who works with children and teenagers, and their parents. Her work is informed by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner who advocated a 'whole child' approach to raising children. She has written several parenting books; she lives in the Netherlands.

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