Does your teenager seem grouchy, lazy, and apathetic some or most of the time? Your desire is for him or her to have a positive and charitable attitude. Does the possibility of this happening seem almost impossible? I just finished reading a book that could make a remarkable difference in your teenager's life (and yours as well). The topic of the book is not what you think it is.
Many teenagers are not getting enough sleep and it is affecting many areas of their lives!
Helene A. Emsellem, M.D. has written a book with Carol Whiteley called "Snooze... or Lose!: 10 "No-war" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits." It is a remarkable book and I strongly recommend any parent with a teenager to purchase and read it.
Are you aware that there are physical reasons why adolescents have a different sleep pattern from children and adults? The negative impact of this difference is multiplied by things such as early school start times, the perceived need to stay connected any time (day or night) with friends via technology, extremely busy schedules and school/job/family pressures. Just the knowledge that there is a reason normal sleep can be difficult for teenagers and how it can impact them will ease your mind. However, this book doesn't stop there. It gives many practical recommendations on how you can work with your teenager to get him or her better sleep. These recommendations come from a kid's perspective, a parent's perspective, and a doctor's perspective.
I am glad I discovered the book and I have already started implementing some of the recommendations. If you want to improve your teenager's life, you should consider reading the book as well.