ABOUT The Books : Forward: The Seeds of Greatness
Congratulations! You have made a priceless investment in
your family’s future. If you are reading this, you care about
children navigating the white-water rapids of the teen years.
You want them to become healthy, happy, and well-adjusted
young adults, who can function effectively in a fast-forward
global village where there are more changes in one day than in
a decade of their parents’ lives.
By chance or by choice, you have discovered a truly remarkable
and valuable guidebook providing strategies for success
in eliminating the barriers between you and your teenage
This is not a “New Age” parenting treatment with the latest
psychobabble on becoming your child’s best friend and sidekick.
It is not a compilation of articles and anecdotes offering overly
simplistic answers or a false sense of security that “your kids are
just going through a stage and will grow out of their irrational
behavior.”Many self-help books are published by clever writers
and promoters who know how to sell fashionable ideas, without
having direct experience in their subject. Refreshingly, this gem
is a “fact” book, not a “fad” book and is laser accurate in its
premise and in its promise.
Dr. Maryann Rosenthal is a consummate professional,
author, and parent you can trust. Not only is she a friend and
colleague of mine, but I have done my homework on her qualifications
and counsel. She has the firsthand experience and
expertise, backed by breakthrough scientific research, to make
the most difficult job in the world—parenting—easier, more
meaningful, more productive, and more enjoyable.
Equally as important as her resumé and track record as a
highly regarded psychologist and therapist is her demonstrated
leadership as a nurturing role model and mother for her own
children. All are challenging themselves to realize their full
potential in their own way and on their own terms.
In the following pages, Dr. Rosenthal first helps us understand
the physiological and psychological turmoil associated
with adolescence in today’s society. She then gives us a mirror
that helps us view and understand the reflection of our own
parenting styles, whether authoritarian or authoritative, permissive,
or uninvolved. This is a powerful, critical work that
teaches us how to love our teens while setting limits; how to be
a coach, not merely a cheerleader.
Most of us parent by trial and error. We often repeat and
perpetuate the mistakes and prejudices of our parents. This
book enables us to break that cycle by providing insights and
practical action steps to help close the generation gap and
solve the problems so prevalent in today’s family life as adolescents
attempt to gain the privileges of adults while maintaining
the lack of accountability they feel entitled to as
Dr. Rosenthal has wisdom, clarity, and real-life solutions to
what’s missing in our homes: sustained, informed guidance by
caring parents who can balance love with leadership. This book
would have been a godsend for me when I was raising my children, especially during the turbulent teens. I’m giving a
copy to each of them before my grandchildren become
—Dr. Denis Waitley
Author of Seeds of Greatness
and The Psychology ofWinning