The Approximate Parent

Discovering the Strategies That Work with Your Teenager



The Approximate Parent helps you translate what your teen thinks, feels and does into terms that make sense, so that you have practical ways of responding to the challenges of safely loving and supporting your teen from adolescence into early adulthood. No two teens are the same; this book aims to help you strategize wisely by taking into account both the current American culture of adolescents and your particular teen’s biology, temperament and developmental challenges.


This highly accessible, award-winning book is informed by the latest research on adolescent development, effects of digital media on youth and identity formation, trends in drug and alcohol use, and relationships and sexuality, drawing on work in such diverse fields as clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, epigenetics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and religious studies. In 2013 The Approximate Parent won both the Reader Views and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association Book Awards in the Parenting/Family/Relationships Category.


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Highlights from author Michael Y. Simon's book launch for The Approximate Parent. The event was held in August 2012 at Books Inc., in Berkeley, California.