Teenagers are tough and anyone who has their own needs help. Here it is: a witty, enjoyable and genuinely helpful guide that breaks the mould.
Get Out Of My Life offers practical alternatives to anger, nagging and frustration, and specific recommendations for developing better relationships with even the most difficult teenagers. This is the best survival manual for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen. It looks at all the difficult issues of bringing up teenagers - school, sex, drugs and even suicide.
©2002 Tony Wolf, Suzanne Franks (P)2011 Audible Ltd
This is a very clever and witty explanation of why teenagers act like they do ... and understanding that is a powerful aid to dealing with their issues and the difficulties inherent in relating to your nearest and dearest teens. It is full of moments where the authors put into words issues that the listener can relate to and give a logical explanation and insight. Much of it is common sense that gets lost in the fog of teenage angst, but they brilliantly put it into context and deflate the pressure. This should be compulsory listening for anyone with a teenager or a pre-teen.
I've got two teenage girls and quite a lot of what this author says is spot on. It's like she's been a fly on the wall in my house! However (admittedly, I'm not all the way though yet) I'm wanting to read about what parents DO with such things as nastiness from groups/and the whole social dynamics of when girls are left out of things and there's an undertone of meanness of girls who're "meant" to be friends. That's what's happening with one of my daughters and it's great to hear that that kind of thing does go on but if you've got the child who that's aimed at, then it'd be nice to hear how to manage it (and support your child) whilst it's happening. So, in that sense, it's not really telling me anything ...
Disappointingly dated but if you know absolutely nothing about teens this might be of some use. Worst of all the narrator is extremely patronising in tone. Unfortunately she seems to think that she is narrating to thick, badly behaved young teenagers instead of parents. It's also difficult to tell whether she is speaking the role of a teenager or a pathetic whiney parent. Probably the most irritating narration I've heard to date.
Not unless they're read by this narrator.
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