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A guidebook for parents: why some teens love heavy metal, violent video games, and the occult, and how they can be a healthy part of growing up. Read more

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A guidebook for parents: why some teens love heavy metal, violent video games, and the occult, and how they can be a healthy part of growing up.

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I'm writing a book for parents. My book will teach them about the occult, violent video games, and heavy metal music: why some teens love these things so much, and how they can be a healthy part of growing up. Often, when parents find out their kids are into this stuff, they get scared, clam up, and sometimes punish their teens or take their books, games, and music away, thinking that doing so will solve the problem. Usually, it only makes things worse.

For too long, many parents have bought into the scare tactics used by the news media. They believe that certain interests can cause their kids to become violent – towards themselves, or towards others. That misconception can drive a wedge between parents and their kids, but it just isn’t true. Most of the time, kids turn to these interests as a source of solace, respite, validation and catharsis. They provide a way to survive adolescence.

My book is aimed at helping parents understand the details of teen subcultures, so they can talk to their kids rather than turning away in fear. I'll also do plenty of myth-busting, so parents can understand where their misconceptions came from. And I'll share tips on how to tell when a teenager is in serious trouble.

Please support me as I finish writing this book and begin the hunt for a way to get it published. Thanks.

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