Announcement: Our Next Book!

I am very excited to announce that my next book will be coming out in September with Plume Books–a member of Penguin Group (USA). Here is a sneak peek:

“Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” by Vanessa Van Petten

Every parent fears “losing” their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear.

At 16,VanessaVan Petten started her award-winning website,, in reaction to sudden friction with her parents. Today,Vanessa and more than one hundred teen contributors help thousands of parents build and maintain healthy, strong, mutually fulfilling relationships with their teenage children—by providing prescriptive advice straight from the source.

From classic fights like dating and chores to twenty-first century issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, this comprehensive book provides step-by-step guidance on every worry, including:

• Lying • Social Networking • School

• Peer Pressure • Sex • Drugs

It’s never too late to reconnect.VanessaVan Petten helps you learn what’s really going on in your child’s life, and most importantly—understand when to put your foot down and when to let go.

It will be available in bookstores starting 8.30.11, but you can pre-order now at the following websites: (Thank you, thank you, thank you for checking it out!)


Barnes and Noble




Books a Million





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