When to Say Yes, How to Say No

Teenagers! You love them to pieces, but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart.

Relax…your sanity will survive these rocky teenage years, and so will your teens—provided you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours. Boundaries with Teens will show you how.

Dr. John Townsend provides the expert insight you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions while gaining a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves. With wisdom and empathy, Dr. Townsend, a father of two teens himself, applies biblically-based principles for the challenging task of leading your children through the teen years. With his guidance, you will be able to:

  • Deal with disrespectful attitudes and impossible behavior in your teen.
  • Set healthy limits and realistic consequences.
  • Be loving and caring while establishing rules.
  • Determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small.

Discover how your teenager thinks. Learn how to apply biblical principles to specific problems. Boundaries with Teens can help you establish wise and loving limits that make a positive difference in your adolescent, in the rest of your family, and in you.


“If you have children or grandchildren, Boundaries with Teens is for you! It is perfect for any parent of a young child wanting to prepare for the teenage years. It is so well put together that you can also use it as a quick reference when faced with an unexpected challenge that needs to be addressed immediately.”
Steven T. in Ohio

Boundaries with Teens covers the gamut of issues you may be facing as a parent of a teen. It even goes through verbal scenarios that will definitely be encountered. As a seasoned parent, it reinforced many things I already know. But, just as you think you’ve got parenting down, the next child is all different. This book is excellent for every new spin your teen might throw at you, with practical conversations that hit home.”
Abby in Virginia