Get out of My Life, but First Take Me & Alex into Town

Get out of My Life, but First Take Me & Alex into Town : A Guide to the New Teenager

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This is the best survival guide for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen. Area maps cover the ground - with chapters on school, sex, drugs, suicide, and so on - but it's the title of Chapter 2, 'What They Do and Why,' that best captures the book's spirit and technique. One key mistake is getting dragged into no-win conflicts instead of having the wisdom to shut up at the moment when shutting up would be most effective - albeit the least satisfying - thing to do. There are also some nicely tongue-in-check samples of 'ideal' communication - the stuff we imagine might get said by better parents. After one such rosily cooperative and considerate interchange between a father and his adolescent son, the book offers the following two-edged comfort: 'The above conversation has never happened. Never. Not in the whole history of the world.' Message: parenting adolescents is inherently difficult. Efforts shouldn't be judged by otherworldly standards.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 117.94g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861973411
  • 9781861973412
  • 866,367

About Tony Wolf

Tony Wolf is a psychologist and author of a number of successful guides on different aspects of parenting. He has teenage children. Suzanne Franks is a television producer, journalist and author of Having None of It (Granta). She has a teenage daughter and two younger children. She lives in London.show more

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