Behind Closed Doors by Jessica Peck

Believe it or not, your kids WANT to talk to you about the social and health challenges they’re facing. But are you ready? Jessica Peck, a pediatric nurse practitioner and mom of four, helps parents escape the secrecy and shame surrounding tough conversations and approach them from a Christian foundation.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Paperback; 288 pages
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Today’s teens are feeling more isolated, anxious, and depressed than previous generations, and are struggling with more complex challenges. Jessica Peck (DNP, APRN) has spent countless hours advising and encouraging parents after talking to their teens behind closed doors. In the privacy of her exam room, she has treated teens with mental illnesses, responded to suicide attempts, treated self-harm wounds as well as the emotional trauma of cyberbullying, sexting, pornography addictions, and numerous other issues. Through it all, Jessica found that teens really want to talk to their parents but don’t know how.

Jessica seeks to move the private conversations that happen in the clinic to relationship-building conversations at home. Behind Closed Doors is a guided lifeline to help you strengthen your connection with your kids. You will be able to:

  • Get professional advice on tough teenage issues from a medical perspective, as well as the true stories of patients
  • Discover suggested settings, activities, and question prompts to give you conversation keys to unlock doors for open dialogue on tough issues with your teens
  • Share a time of reflection with devotional readings, relevant Bible verses, Scripture-based prayers, themed music playlists, and more
  • Prompts to write 12 Legacy Letters: a generational keepsake for teens

Covering topics including mental health, social media, suicide, sexting, gender identity, substance abuse (with a chapter focusing on vaping), and more, Jessica Peck's book will encourage and strengthen all parents—married, single, or divorced; grandparents, stepparents, godparents, bonus parents, adopted parents—anyone who is serving a parental role in a teen's life.



About the Author
As a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care, over the last 20 years Dr. Jessica Peck has engaged, encouraged, equipped, and empowered families to raise holistically healthy kids.  She guides parents to help navigate challenging parenting moments to escape shame and stigma with grace, hope, and courage. 

A native Texan, she is a clinical professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. An internationally awarded nursing leader, she served as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Some of her recent awards include: Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year, American Nurses Association Advocate of the Year, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Advocate State Award for Excellence, Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award from the National League for Nursing, and Distinguished Alumnus at both the University of Alabama and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Most importantly, she has been happily married to a rocket scientist for nearly twenty-five years and is a mom of four teens.

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