Author(s): Tony Wolf
Teenagers are tough, and anyone who has their own needs help. Here it is: a witty, enjoyable, groundbreaking and genuinely helpful guide that breaks the mould.
This is the best survival guide for parents who find themselves marooned among incomprehensible and volatile aliens on Planet Teen. It looks at all the difficult issues of bringing up teenagers - school, sex, drugs and even suicide. But it's the title of the second chapter, 'What They Do and Why' that best captures the book's spirit and technique, explaining how to translate teenage behaviour into its true, often less complicated meaning. One key mistake, for instance, is getting involved in no-win conflicts instead of having the wisdom to shut up when shutting up would be the most effective - albeit least satisfying - thing to do.