by michael on August 31, 2011


I was introduced to Vanessa Van Petten shortly after my book was published by a Tweeter, Tim Smith. Tim is worth getting to know.  See and

Tim saw the harmonies in my and Vanessa’s passions for engaging in moral reasoning and guidance with children–mine with youngsters, more or less, and Vanessa with teenagers. I began corresponding with Vanessa by email.  We spoke on the telephone a few times. Vanessa is a serious person with a focused vision to guide parents—frankly, any person—to deal with teenagers in a constructive mutually rewarding engagement. 

Vanessa has just published a book with the ironic and thought-provoking title, “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” The book will be coming out in September with Plume Books–a member of Penguin Group (USA).

For a sneak peek of the book, please see

Here is a biographical and promotional statement provided by Vanessa. 

“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, 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.” 

I recommend you take a look at the links and become acquainted with this dedicated, creative individual. 

More later


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