I bought this when I was getting to the end of my tether with my 14 year old daughter. The case studies are hilarious because some of them could be a conversation that the author has overheard in my very own lounge! Reading this book has given me strategies to cope and confirmed to me I am not alone (and she's not that bad after all!) An easy read which I would recommended to any parent of a teenager.
This book has really helped me to understand my teenager and although it has only been a few weeks since I bought the book I feel it has already made our relationship a lot better. It is amazing how much the praise works. I am now recommending this book to ALL my friends, but especially the ones who have a bad relationship with their kids.
For anyone (parent, grand parent, teacher - whoever) that may be struggling to understand their teenager and struggling to see any light at the end of the tunnel - this is a 'must read' and gives you lots of confidence.
What a superb book on teenagers' problems. It has been immensely helpful already and I do congratulate Charlie on tackling such issues. I hope many people will buy the book and take heed! Elizabeth Whitehorn
I don't have a particularly troublesome teen, in fact she is, on the whole, a joy to be around, but I was looking for something to help my husband and our Daughter 'refine' their relationship. I decided to read this before I presented it to him. It's an excellent read that will have you nodding most of the way through at things that you can relate to. The Author is very factual in the way he writes and nothing is dressed up, each chapter is summarised at the end with a 'key points' list which clearly summarises the content of the chapter. The way it is written is not patronising at all and it isn't Americanised which is what I wanted to avoid. I would highly recommend this as a read for anyone with teens, don't be put off by the title, if you only take one or two things from this book (as I have done) then it's a worthwhile read. Now to present it to my husband!
Found this very useful in trying to understand teenagers' behaviour. Certainly made me realise we share common concerns with others. Found the language used so easy and reassuring that the teenage years can be managed much better than I'd been doing before reading the book!
My wife and I appreciated this book. It is useful, sympathetic and practical. Taylor is realistic about contemporary teenagers ~ and still likes them. We are the same. The case studies were fascinating, and the ideas genuinely relevant. Not all of the ideas relate well to the specific issues we are facing, but they can be adapted. I thought that maybe there was too much emphasis on giving or witholding money to motivate teenagers. There are many other ways too. Still, if you have a daughter or son aged 13-16, you will get something valuable from this book.
I only read a small part of the book- it mysteriously went missing from the coffee table and I have to lay the blame on either my own little Diva or my husband who was clearly unhappy when I told him he displays the reptilian behaviour the was so well described in this book! I will get a second copy as I am sure the rest of the book is just as interesting and helpful as the beginning!