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What are the 5 Things Every Teen Wishes Their Parent Knew?

Every parent fears “losing” their child. But in Vanessa’s revolutionary new book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded she translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear. She also lists the 5 things every teen wishes their parent knew.


At 16, Vanessa Van 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. This book is helpful for parents with kids ages 7 to 25–the advice is timeless and can help in all parent child relationships.



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Teen Testimonial:

“As a teenager myself, I was greatly looking forward to reading Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?  because it promised to reveal to parents a realistic teen viewpoint. I am nothing less than thoroughly impressed by how well I was able to relate to everything and by the amount of teen input. Vanessa knows how to speak for us while still creating compromises that parents can live with which is why I hope my parents read this so they can see into my world.”

-Emily, 13


For more about the book, see the Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded Book page.