The Truth About Dating, Love & Just Being Friends by Chad Eastham explores one of the hardest things about being a teenager, understanding hormones and all the feelings that come along with them. The world between childhood and adulthood is a difficult one. Your body is saying one thing and your mind may be saying something else. You’re trying to live up the expectations of your parents, the pressure from your peers, and do what feels right for you, all at the same time. It’s no wonder teenagers are so moody!
I chose to review this book because my daughter is in the midst of the contradictory teenage years. Chad does a wonderful job answering common teenage questions and explaining the why’s and why nots of love and dating. He talks directly to the reader, outlining the importance of being self-aware, respectful to others, and setting boundaries. There is a certain level of maturity and self love that is essential to having a healthy relationship. “A healthy relationship will encourage you to become your own person,” this is a concept that is foreign to most teens, but is stressed throughout the book.
Chad thinks that teens shouldn’t start dating before sixteen and I couldn't agree more. “The younger people are when they start dating , the more negative their dating relationships can be.” You can’t know what’s good for you if you don’t even know anything about yourself, waiting to date affords the time to develop a sense of self.
Learning the importance of developing solid friendships, embracing intelligence, and paying attention to body language, are a few of the topics that I think teens need to read about. Two hundred and forty-six pages of confidence boosting text, I wish I had access to this information when I was a teen. Easy to read and relatable, there is a message for every teen in this book, no matter what stage they are going through.
If your teen is love-sick, heart broken, or on the verge...I highly recommend this book. Actually, this book is great for adults too...no matter how old you are, there is always something to learn about love and loving yourself.
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