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Relationship smarts : how to navigate dating, friendships, family relationships, and more
2012
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Gr 8 Up-These visually appealing titles aim to help teens get smart about potential life pitfalls. The practical information contains helpful advice. For example, Job discusses the whys, hows, and whens of employment, and Scheduling walks readers through establishing time-management methods. The prevalence of technology in modern society is emphasized in the text and its distractions are frequently warned about. All in all, this series has some useful information, but the layout is weak. The font size is very small, which makes for some difficult reading, and key summary sentences are presented in tiny, colored cursive font. USA Today articles are included throughout the titles in sidebars, but they come across as contrived marketing ploys-the topics do relate, but some are rather dated (a 1999 article in Budgeting, a 2002 article in Job) or poorly edited. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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<p>Relationships. Sometimes they're great, and sometimes they're difficult--but the world would be a mighty lonely place without them. Did you know that humans are wired to have relationships? And that we benefit from all types of connections--from romantic relationships and close friendships to family bonds and even the casual ties we have with our acquaintances?<br> <br> This book explores relationships from all angles. You'll discover<br> * what the four types of relationships are and how they benefit you.<br> * what the building blocks of healthy relationships are and how to make them work for you.<br> * how to deal with issues such as family drama, fickle friendships, dating difficulties, and more.<br> * what the warning signs of bad relationships are and what to do if you're facing abuse.<br> * how to handle conflict in a relationship while staying true to yourself.<br> <br> Supplemented with articles and information from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, Relationship Smarts delivers solid advice and firsthand stories of real teens facing many of the same types of situations you are. Ready to wise up on relationships? Read on!</p>
Table of Contents
Introduction A Relationship-Free Worldp. 4
Chapter 1What are Relationships?p. 6
Chapter 2Developing Relationshipsp. 16
Chapter 3Handling Relationship Questions and Issuesp. 30
Chapter 4When a Relationship turns Badp. 48
Epilogue Becoming a Relationship Prop. 58
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Selected Bibliography
Futher Reading
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