What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager!

By Arden Greenspan-Goldberg

Bullying. Body Image. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. Stress.

You know your daughter has a lot to deal with. But short of being with her 24/7, how can you help? The ultimate preparation manual and survival guide for moms with tween or teen girls, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is a portable problem-solver, a manual for surviving and thriving with your daughter. Written by Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, a nationally known family and marriage psychotherapist specializing in teen and young adult issues, this book offers you a way to step back from the chaos, manage your worries, and cultivate a more open and less volatile relationship with your daughter.

Filled with advice on how to handle the most serious topics, from bullying, sex, and drugs to eating disorders and friends, as well as other typical hot-button scenarios-including the desire for piercings or tattoos, posting racy photos online, sexting, and many more issues-this is a must-have for any mom coping with a teenage daughter.



The wonderful tomato, Arden Greenspan-Goldberg has written this manual she calls "A Hope and Happiness Guide for Moms with Daughters ages 11-19". This wonderful book of easy to digest wisdom answers questions from real Moms and covers topics from bullying, body image, drugs, alcohol, sex, and stress/ Arden writes this not only from her professional perspective as a nationally known family and marriage psychotherapist, but also from the perspective of having raised a teenage daughter. "What Do You Expect, She's a Teenage", is the perfect Mother's Day gift too for any Mom of a teenage daughter
The Three Tomatoes
Cheryl Benton

Dear Arden
Thank you for sending us an autographed copy of your book. My wife started reading it in bed last night, and stopped and made me go get her a highlighter. With an 11 year old daughter going on 21 your timing was perfect! Anything that I can do to help promote your book here in Atlanta, Georgia, please let me know.
All the best,
Tim McNamara
WXIA TV Atlanta 11 ALIVE

I LOVE your book! I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as feeling like a good step-mommy and guider of moms. Absolutely fabulous!!!

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians


The American Dietetic Association Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders


What a great book.  I opened it this morning, dipped into a few questions and answers-- and was totally overwhelmed by your great advice and the really sweet way you calm fears and give examples from your own or friends’ experiences.  Thank you so much for giving me the book.  I no longer have teen-age daughters and my grandchildren are all boys—but because of all the work I do with children and families I know it’s going to be a great sourcebook for me.  And I will tell all the women who work in our 21C Family Resource Centers in schools about the book; they will share the information with the families they work with.  Let me know where it can be purchased. It was so nice seeing you yesterday.

Best regards,


Chairwoman, Environmental Committee, Rockland County Legislature

"Dear Arden,
I am having the pleasure of reading your book. If I only had it 20 years ago life would have been much easier. Congratulations on a very fine job! I am looking forward to having you among us in Washington at MGTN. Looking forward to your interest in the mentoring/coaching piece. I know from our time together what a difference you already make in women's lives and want to add the military."
Carole Hyatt
CEO/Founder of Mission Getting To Next

"If your little girl has suddenly turned into one big eye roll, then Arden Greenspan-Goldberg's What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is for you. It's the ultimate how-to guidebook that will not only teach you how to survive your daughter's teen years, but how to enjoy them along the way, too."
-Jen Singer, author of You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either) 

"In a straightforward, user friendly, and totally accessible way, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! overflows with the skills and techniques every mother needs for navigating the precarious yet thrilling road of raising a teenage daughter. Arden Greenspan-Goldberg covers every facet of your ride of a lifetime: sex, drugs, bullying, friends, and more... expertly steering you into realistic expectations that both prepare and equip you for your journey." 
-Dr. Jane Greer, marriage and family therapist, author, What About Me?: Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship, radio host, Huffington Post contributor

"Thank goodness, a liberating, refreshingly helpful and therapeutically credible road map along the free-falling journey of motherhood. We all win with less 'losing it' around conflict. The personal stories definitely made me feel less alone and empowered to stay open!" 
-Emme, TV personality, supermodel, women's body image advocate, and mom

"I would suggest this book as a great way to open the doors for communication even if you don’t agree with everything and every conversation starter. It helped me think about how I would approach the situation and also gives me a calm thought to different issues instead of getting hit with it out of the blue one day."
-Bare it All Fitness

"With Arden and her essential and accessible primer at their side, moms can not only survive, but actually thrive during the teenage years."
-Louisville Family Run

"Since most of my audience is composed of believers, I just want to note that even though a book is based on a secular worldview, it may contain some nuggets of wisdom which we can blend in with our own traditions - within our own value system - to help us avoid or deal with parenting problems."
-Mommy Life

“With dedicated chapters ranging from technology to body image, family dynamics to dating, What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager! is Arden's essential and accessible primer providing mothers with much-needed guidance for surviving and thriving during the teen years with the ultimate goal of bringing out the best in both you and your daughter.”
-Dad of Divas