From over two decades of listening to young people tell him things they were not telling their parents or anyone else, Roy Petitfils learned that often what teens think and feel most deeply might not be what you think. Young people struggle to find their own voice—in their families, in the Church, and in the larger world community. Too often teenagers take their needs and concerns underground and share in secret their hurts, fears, and disenchantment. They console one another because for many the adult world isn’t a safe place for them.
What Teens Want You to Know gives voice to ten things young people want adults to know but won’t tell them. It discusses such issues as your relationship with a teen, acceptance of teen behavior, teens’ desire to serve, and much more.
Petitfils assures you that young people want to include adults in their lives. With his guidance, you can help them do that.
Roy Petitfils is a counselor at Pax Renewal Center for individual, marriage, and family therapy, and taught at the high school level for a number of years. He is a popular speaker and workshop facilitator, and works with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. He is the author of three books including What I Wish Someone Had Told Me about the First Five Years of Marriage.