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  • Get Out of My Life...

  • But First Take Me and Alex Into Town
  • By: Tony Wolf, Suzanne Franks
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Summary

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

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Outdated

I learned a little to be fair, and did stick with it to the end, but it REALLY needs updating to cover the 24/7 internet connected generation. The biggest criticism though... the narration was DREADFUL! Sounded like an 1950s information film. Snooty condescending tone made it hard for me to take ideas seriously.

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A must for all parents of teenagers

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.

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Amusing but a bit thin in content and depth

Enjoyable quick book, certainly lightened the burden of raising teens these days but it's a bit light and airy. I wouldn't say if gave any real useful tools to apply in a practical manner

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Good for Daughter /Morher

Reading the book through the stories as if conversations of parent Teenager was a good way to connect and relate to Teenager's own voice and they way they think, my only issue was the voices and conversations felt to me of a daughter and Mother which is useful if you are a Mum and have a daughter. Personally I have a son I didn't find a connection with them half as much. Girls and boys have different issues so If your a Dad with a son I would try to look for a book the concentrates more on Father / Son as you will likely get more out of it

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You have to pick carefully what to take away from this book

I expected great things from this book, but was disappointed. Some good info about developmental stages and process that teenagers go through, but the rest I found to be patronising and judgemental.

Authors seems to have this idea that teenagers are difficult now, because physical punishment is not there any longer for children, which means that teenagers are just not afraid. There also seem to be an idea woven through that teenagers 40 years ago were golden... Boarding schools mentioned several times as great option to hand over difficult teenagers to be raised, albeit not affordable to everybody.

The last straw was section about suicide, where talking about girls and self-harming authors use word "indulge" in self harming behaviours. As a counsellor, I was horrified to read this.

There was no mention of neurodiversity, bullying and etc.

Audio performance didn't do any favours, rather irritating and patronising tone. Won't be recommending it to my friends.

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Helpful, but attention, 'necessary' bad language.

I found it comforting as it seems I'm not as bad a job as a parent as I thought! recommended read. Relivent and encouraging.

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Some chapters written about my child

I didn't think I'd enjoy this book. It was recommended by a friend when I told her about one of my daughters tantrums. The book is entertaining and informative. I have changed tack and I've noticed my daughters confusion when things haven't gone as she thought a confrontation would. Worth a listen, you've nothing to lose.

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A little dated.

Teenagers and how they behave and how we should care for them hasn't and never will fundamentally change so I found this book helpful and informative. I would especially recommend it to carers of pre adolescent as forewarned is forearmed, but carers of older teens may well find nuggets of wisdom.

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Section on AIDS is woefully out of date.
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A real eye opener

I wish this book had been available 10 years ago. Oh wait it was... I wish I had known about it.

There isn't really much guidance in it about how to do parenting - but it's more about how you should see parenting. And if you see it right, you'll do it right.

Really easy to listen to. Narrator is mesmerising.

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  • Boomy Tokan
  • 11-07-20

What a great book. Wish there was no swearing

Learnt a lot from the book. Very revealing
A must for teenage parenting in 2020