Break Down the Barriers between Parents and Teens

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Open the doors to better communication with your children by sharing special memories with each other.

October is National Communicate with Your Kid Month, a time for parents to open the doors to better communication and build positive relationships with their teens. But for many families, this is not an easy task. Parents and teens often operate on different wavelengths and therefore feel that they cannot talk to each other. Essentially, the longer those doors to communication remain closed, the harder it will be to open them again.

Parents often make the mistake of believing that as their kids grow older and more mature, the days of crying fits will cease and communication will get easier. However, the older kids get, the more complicated they become, and communication often suffers as a result. At these times, when parents feel frustrated and disconnected from their children, the new book Snapshots of Heaven: 40 Funny, Profound, Real-Life Stories About Children (Cameo Publications, $14.95, ISBN 0-9797965-0-2) by Michael Wells can feel like a breath of fresh air.

According to Wells, “The children in our lives give us more than we will ever know. Every antic, every question, every conversation carries the power to make us realize what is truly important in life.” This is why communication between a parent and child is so important at all stages of life.

Written in a series of brief glimpses, Snapshots of Heaven takes readers through one man’s journey to understand his growing children. As the kids in the book get older, their needs become different and their father, the author, is forced to adapt his communication methods to remain close to his son and daughter. When parents feel like their child comes from another planet, Wells’ universal struggles and powerful insights can help them gain perspective and remember why they became parents in the first place.

Michael Wells is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, husband, and father of two. The stories in Snapshots of Heaven are the stuff of his own experiences as a father. An inspiring speaker, his driving ambition is to encourage and motivate adults everywhere to tell their stories of the little ones who “show them heaven before their time.”

For more information, a review copy of Snapshots of Heaven: 40 Funny, Profound, Real-Life Stories About Children, or to interview the author, please call 1-866-372-2636 or send an e-mail to

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