TEENAGERS! What every parent has to know
The teenage years can be difficult times both for the young people in question and not least of all for the parents themselves. TEENAGERS! by Rob Parsons goes a long way to alleviate parents fears that they are not alone in facing these turbulent teenage years and that they should not feel as if they have failed when communication invariably breaks down between them and their sons and daughters.
The book emphasises the importance of reassuring your teenager that you are always there for them to offer love, support and guidance throughout these awkward times. The importance of the parent’s role in boosting young people’s self-esteem and self-confidence is also dealt with throughout the book.
There are several chapters dealing with major topics such as school, bullying, sex, the internet and drugs, all of which will feature in some way or other in teenagers’ lives and parents need to be informed about any issues relating to these.
There is also an interesting chapter about the actual physical and developmental changes that take place in a teenager’s brain, which research has shown has a significant effect on their behaviour and emotional development.
I would recommend every parent of a teenager to read this book for it is highly informative and they will be able to identify with many of the different scenarios. It can be read from cover to cover very quickly or parents can simply read or re-read short extracts, which may be pertinent to the particular situation that they are currently experiencing with their teenager.
TEENAGERS! is an excellent, well-written, jargon-free and easy to read book which will be reassuring for the parents. I wish it had been around when my eldeR daughter, now almost 20, hit the teenage years! However, at least I have read it just before my younger daughter reaches her 13th birthday!
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Teenagers!: What Every Parent Has to Know