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Dirty Dancing at the Prom and Other Challenges Christian Teens Face: How Parents Can Help [Paperback]

By Barbara Curtis (Author)
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Do yourself and your kids a favor! Parents: You may know where your teenagers are, but are you aware of the challenges they're facing? High school isn't the way you remember it. Barbara Curtis interviews Christian teens and gives you insider information on what's happening at school today-from peer pressure between classes-to locker-room conversations-to the prom. With steps you can take to help your teen: *Stay grounded*Develop compassion *Respect boundaries*Stand up for what's right *Avoid temptation*Make the most of their mistakes *Live with integrity. Parents: Do the homework to help your teenager succeed spiritually.

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Dirty Dancing at the Prom and Other Challenges Christian Teens Face: How Parents Can Help is designed to help parents understand the difficulties that bombard their child daily. Barbara Curtis offers parents insight, advice, and specific examples for equipping their Christian child with the self-assurance and itegrity he or she needs to make healthy, Christ-centered decisions in a world that is full of temptation, offensive situations, and attacks on their faith.In Dirty Dancing at the Prom..., Barbara Curtis answers the question, 'What gives teenagers the strength to live with integrity when others are giving in and conforming?' by: Interviewing numerous teenagers and asking them to share their insight and adviceExploring biblical principles and situations that lay a foundation for parents to followFocusing on the understanding that teenagers must be firmly grounded in their parent's love and in the perfect love of ChristEquipping parents with the insight and tools they need to demonstrate God's perfect love to their kid

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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN  0834121859  
ISBN13  9780834121850  

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More About Barbara Curtis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Curtis, mother of 12 and grandmother of 12 (so far!), has published nine books - including Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room and The Mommy Survival Guide. She is also an award-winning columnist with over 1200 published articles in 60 publications, including Focus on the Family, World, Guideposts, The Washington Times and the Washington Post. In 2005, seeking a more immediate connection with readers, Barbara began blogging at under the banner: Montessori megamom serves up a smorgasbord of parenting, cultural, political and spiritual wisdom. Because she can. MommyLife now averages 8000 visits per day and has earned several blog awards. With five children still at home and one in college, Barbara and her husband Tripp continue their parenting adventure in northern Virginia. In 2004 they received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. Barbara originally became a Montessori teacher to change the world one child at a time. Now she hopes to change it by unburdening, encouraging and equipping women to find joy in the calling of motherhood

Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.

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A Solid Message  Apr 18, 2006
I was excited to review Dirty Dancing At The Prom. As a mother of three daughters, the oldest being [...], I admit I need all the help I can get. Especially, when my oldest is already dealing with "freak dancing" and friends who are having sex. Being a parent is a scary job, especially when you have made so many mistakes yourself. I knew that I could use a little encouragement and Barbara Curtis delivers.

Interestingly enough, a lot of the book didn't really appeal to me. I know that doesn't make sense considering what I wrote in the previous paragraph, but I will explain. My children are facing problems that, according to the book, Barbara's children didn't have to deal with at such an early age. Her children were in their late teens. Where I live, "freak dancing" is all too common and ten year old children are doing it every weekend at parties hosted by their parents. Sex ... my next door neighbor's daughter is already sneaking out of the house and meeting boys for sex and she is only twelve. She lost her virginity when she was eleven. And, this is a child that my daughter has been friends with since she was two years old. Which, left me wondering if I was going to find some value in Dirty Dancing At The Prom, especially after I had already read a few chapters and was feeling like I wish life was as easy, and teaching my kids what God has for them was as simple, as Barbara made it sound.

Then I read Chapter Six. I cried through the whole chapter, thanking God that not only was the author willing to admit her mistakes, but that she shared how she dealt with that when it came to her kids. It is hard to raise children in today's world. It is even harder to actively raise them, keep tabs on them, know who their friends are, what they are doing ... especially when there are so many more parents who treat you like you are some kind of alien for trying to raise your children right. And, it only makes it harder when you have failed in so many areas of your own life. It makes you feel like some kind of hypocrite to tell your children not to do things you, yourself, have done ... even when you know they shouldn't do those things. Barbara helped me get past that and showed me a way that I could do so in humility and obedience to God, while showing my kids how much I love and value them. She also showed me how I can deal with their mistakes in the spirit of Christ. I so appreciate it.

Honestly, that one chapter alone makes this book worth the read ... though I am sure you will find value in the rest of the book as well. While I sometimes felt the author was a little out of touch, she still delivers a solid message. And, I happen to agree with her. She definitely has her own little spot on the "how to be a better parent" shelf. I thank God for her spot. Dirty Dancing At The Prom gave me some much needed insight that I was praying for.
A Wealth of Wisdom for Parents Everywhere!  Apr 17, 2006
As a parent of a twenty-something and a former youth leader and Sunday school teacher, I've read more than my share of books on raising teens. Some lean toward academic and theological perspectives, while others present purely anecdotal experiences. Barbara Curtis' book, Dirty Dancing at the Prom, weaves together the spiritual, practical, and scientific, creating a rich tapestry of wisdom for parents of teens everywhere.

Written in a practical, easy-to-read format, readers can finish this book in just one or two sittings or can chew on bite-size pieces over the course of several days. The chapters are short and include practical, ready-to-apply takeaways sprinkled in sidebars throughout each chapter: Get Involved, What Does God Say, Discussion Starters, and The Bottom Line for Parents. Barbara also goes directly to the source--she speaks to teens themselves, which serves as a lesson in and of itself. Their responses give her book an authenticity that other books on the topic lack.

But best of all, reading Barbara's book is like sitting down with a friend. She speaks with gentleness and humility and with the quiet confidence of someone who has been there. She is a gifted communicator, and I highly recommend her book.
A mother of two Marin County- California Teenagers  Aug 11, 2005
This book was amazing and extremely helpful for me. The battlefield
our kids face in high school seems to be the same throughout the country. I am saddened by the experiences that so many of these teens seem to face in the areas of sexuality and lost innocence. This book empowers me as a parent to know what I can do help my kids navigate this tough time. Since I still have a younger child at home, too, I now know what I can do at her young age to help her deal with high school. Barbara Curtis is an inspiring author. Her honesty with her past and what she reveals about her own family's struggles made me want to read the book all at once. Thank you!

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