by Joanne Kimes and R.J. Colleary
Non-fiction book for parents dealing with teens and their issues.
This book was hilarious. The authors made raising teenagers seem comical when it's anything but. I learned so much about raising teens and laughed the entire time; the advice was professional but obviously based on experience. Interestingly, though, one of the authors has a pre-teen and the other has had three teens. Maybe the one without teens added the humor and the other one added the advice? Whatever...it, like, totally worked. It's a great guide for when to react and when to let things slide (picking your battles) and a perfect reminder of the phrase,"This too shall pass" and the "God grant me the serenity" prayer. LOL
Here are the chapters, just to show you what issues are covered and how funny the book is. For some I've listed one or two sections, even though there are many:
Chapter 1: Hormones: How the Simplest Creatures Become Criminally Insane
Section - Waking Up at the Crack of Noon
Section - A Boner-Fide Problem
Chapter 2: Mars, Venus and TeenTown
Section - In Teen We Trust....NOT!
Section - "Home, James" - Your Life as the Chauffeur
Chapter 3: You're Not Leaving the House Looking Like That
Section - You Pierced What?
Section - Makeup or War Paint?
Chapter 4: What We Have is a Failure to Communicate
Chapter 5: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag...of House Rules
Section - Every Parent's Worst Nightmare: The Driver's License!
Section - Privacy (AKA Snoop, Dog)
Chapter 6: Relationships Between Drama Queens and Kings
Section - With Friends Like Those You Need a Bottle of Scotch
Section - "Going Out with Someone" - What it Means Through the Ages
Chapter 7: Sex: From Hanging Out to Hooking Up
Section - Defining Togetherness
Section - Coed Sleepovers
Chapter 8: Special K and Other Drugs: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
Chapter 9: Rebel Yell
Section - The Beginning of the End...or the End of the Beginning
Section - Giving Up (Some) Control: A Modern Day Fable
Acquired From? Borrowed from library (but wish I had my own copy to re-read)
Do I Recommend?
Yes! If you have a 15-17 year-old. Absolutely. And if you have a 13- or 14-year-old, just skip over the parts you think aren't relevant yet (though you're probably just in denial), then read it in its entirety when they are 16 and there is NO denying what's going on. Get it. You'll be glad you did.
5/5 for it's humor and advice