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'How to Hug a Hedgehog' empowers parents to help teens
Brad Wilcox
Brad Wilcox is co-author of "How to Hug a Hedgehog" with Jerrick Robbins. - photo by Provided by Familius

HOW TO HUG A HEDGEHOG,“ by Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins, Familius, $14.95, 144 pages (nf)

Being a parent to a teen is not usually an easy undertaking. Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins have co-authored their second book, “How to Hug a Hedgehog,” which offers parents of teenagers insights and advice on how to assist their older children while they navigate life.

Throughout the book, Robbins and Wilcox use the analogy of hugging a hedgehog to illustrate how approaching teenagers needs to be done carefully and slowly so as not to frighten them away or make them feel defensive.

Effective communication, making choices -- such as ones relating to sex, alcohol and drugs -- and methods for boosting teens’ self-esteem are three main areas addressed in the book. Each section is divided into four chapters to discuss key points in greater detail.

Woven throughout the book are real-life examples to help parents understand potential situations that may arise. Additionally, Wilcox and Robbins include insights from teenagers about what they want most from their parents. This is another tool that may help parents understand their teens a little better.

After each chapter are “invitations to action” to challenge parents to act on what they have learned. Following these invitations can help parents and teens have a better relationship and get over difficult life hurdles.

“How to Hug a Hedgehog” is a great resource to help bridge the gap between well-meaning parents and teenagers who are learning to navigate the world around them. The book is designed for parents of teenagers, yet it can be used by families or others who are in close contact with teens. The book addresses mature topics such as sex and substance abuse.

(Wendy Jessen is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and frequently does media reviews. Her email is wendyjessen26@gmail.com and she blogs at mormonmomofsix.blogspot.com.)