What is Dear Parents, From, Teens?
Dear Parents, From, Teens is a book written by the teens in our Fire Within Class that hopes to address one of suicide's root causes, Parent Teen Miscommunication. The book gives parents a "translation guide" of sorts that helps parents understand the things that teens are going through, and gives them tools to help their teens through these problems, without sounding insensitive or uncaring.
How Will This Help Suicide Prevention?
Here at The FIRE Within GM, we believe that Parent Teen Miscommunication leads to a weaker family unit, and when this family unit is weakened, it is much more difficult during tough times for teens to fall back on. We believe that through increasing the effectiveness of parent-teen communication, we can create a stronger family unit, that, when in times of emotional distress, teens can fall back on and receive help from.
What Will the Book Look Like?
The book will have a similar layout throughout the entire book, opening with a "Dear Parents" letter written by a member of the FIRE Within Team. Following this is a short paragraph about the problem represented by this letter. After this, the parents are given several statistics in order to better understand the nature of this problem, and then are finally given several solution options. All of these solutions come from teens, and the solutions they would like to hear. Because of this, teens will no longer feel that parents do not understand them, which will help communication in the future. As well, each book will have included several "Conversation Starters", short prompts or questions, followed by several lines of notes for parents to use when talking to their teen.
What Formats Will the Book be Available In?
The book will be available in several formats, including audio book as well as an E-Book. Both of those formats will be able for purchase from this site when released
When Can We Expect to Purchase the Book?
The book is being printed now, and we are expecting the book to be fully available for purchase by May 9.
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