Warning Signs: A Guidebook for Parents


warning-signsYou see your kids everyday. You have a handle on their lives, right? But do you know how to read the undercurrent? Can you spot the subtle signs of addictive behavior? Is there a touch of violence in the depth? These are the questions all parents face today and I wrote Warning Signs- A Guidebook for Parents because I wanted to provide parents answers to their questions.

Warning Signs shows the exact key behaviors , activities and personality changes to look for in your child that point to brewing trouble: plunging performance at school, having large amounts of unexplained cash, apathy to personal hygiene, setting fires, even abusing the family pet.  I have years of experience as a counselor to teach you how to catch the signals and spot subtle nuances in your child’s behavior before it leads to deterioration. This book provides honest answers to the questions you have about your child and drug abuse, alcohol and binge drinking, violence and bullying, depression, gambling and self-destructive behavior. Warning Signs is designed for every parent with teens today, because it will show you how you can stay vigilant and recognize the early signals of low self-esteem, address problems before they become overwhelming and nurture your child toward a healthy development of self-worth.

Praise for Warning Signs:

“Warning Signs is an important resource for parents and clinicians in identifying low self-esteem and self-destructive behaviors in children and adolescents. It is a provocative, well-informed, and easy-to-read guide. It clearly articulates how to interpret a child’s moods and behaviors, and how to recognize and address the underlying signs of addictive illness. Warning Signs also describes interventions that build self-worth, and it discusses how to seek appropriate treatment when necessary.”

- Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., ABPP
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University

“Warning Signs is an insightful, practical resource for all concerned parents. The emphasis on the family in developing a cohesive strategy for raising healthy children in these complex times will serve to empower parents in the struggle to ensure the well-being and protection of their own children.”

- James O’Connell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director of Addiction Treatment Services
Renowned workshop leader of counselors, social workers and psychologists.

“Warning Signs provides parents relevant and timely insight into the importance of their role, in preventing substance abuse problems from developing in their child. It clearly identifies what are positive and potentially harmful behaviors by well-meaning parents and discusses how to develop a positive nurturing environment as well as effective guidelines to help their child develop a high self-esteem.”

- Dr. Edward Merski, Former Chief Psychologist
Mt. Loretto Treatment Center for Children & Adults with Substance Abuse & Psychological Difficulties
Twenty Years Private Practice
Department of Psychiatry at Monmouth Medical Center