Thursday, July 6, 2017

Parenting Pointers: The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook

Nearly twenty percent of children have major struggles: an alcoholic or drug-addicted parent, victim of severe bullying, or suicidal tendencies. Steve Simpson was abused and wanted to die, but had no where to turn, and never would have dreamed of asking for a resource - like many kids now.

I had a chance to review one of his books, Who am I? In each of his four young adult fiction novels, Who Am I?, The World is Wrong, Child’s Island and Runaway, readers can find The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook. This short guide at the end of the book touches on nearly all problems that young adults and teenagers might encounter - suicide, bullying, abuse (sexual, physical, or verbal), self-esteem, living in a dysfunctional home, school struggles, and much more. 

The books themselves are written to show that teens aren't alone - they come from Simpson's own experience. There's a book for everyone, with romance, humor, and action. It's a great way to get the information in the kids of hands who may not feel comfortable asking for it, or don't want to be seen reading that type of self-help guide.

If you're a professional who works with students, it's worth looking into the book to be able to pass on to a kid who may need it, but can't or won't ask for it.

Steve Simpson is a publisher, author, an expert of experience and an award-winning advocate for at-risk children. Simpson has taken his own experience as a victim of child abuse and devoted his career to exposing abuse, advocating on behalf of survivors, and spreading abuse prevention strategies for children, mandated reporters, parents and communities. For over 30 years Simpson has run a Nassau County, NY youth/young adult group called “Together We Can Make It,” sharing his experiences and giving support to its members. He has presented to hundreds of audiences around the country and has advised and consulted with various media outlets regarding the topics of teen runaways, suicide, abuse, alcoholism, self-esteem, etc. He has appeared on numerous national TV shows including Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Raphael, Geraldo, Ricki Lake, Maury Povich and the NBC News Network. His first novel, Runaway, has been endorsed by the National Runaway Switchboard as well as several national school curriculums and is now being re-released to include The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook.

Runaway along with his three other titles, Who Am I?, The World is Wrong and Child’s Island, are all available for purchase at the author’s website as well as Amazon.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charity.


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