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Whatever!: A down-to-earth guide to parenting teenagers Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749927232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749927233
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This could just be the book that restores your sanity (Daily Mail)

All power to these two authors. There's a real understanding of young people and practical advice, such as what you can and cannot control in your teenager's life. This book offers the comfort of self-recognition, and assurance that others must be having the same experiences. A good book for parents and, perhaps, for form tutors, especially those with no children of their own (Times Educational Supplement)

Masses of practical ideas about how to help teenagers feel good about themselves, how to keep family communications open and how to deal with problems, from parties to swearing (Independent)

Gill Hines and Alison Baverstock have a light touch, even when they're dealing with serious issues. Their suggestions are easy to read, and simple to put into practice (Jacqueline Wilson OBE)

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The essential guide to parenting teenagers

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This is a brilliant book. The chapters deal with all the main issues to do with parenting teenagers but the approach is completely down to earth and honest. Each chapter starts with a discussion of the main things to think about, but then there are little exercises to help us parents remember how it felt to be a teenager. But the best thing of all is the question and answer section. About half of every chapter consists of questions I would like to know the answers to, and really practical ways of dealing with them. Some have happened to me already, others I expect may come, but the practical and down to earth advice on offer was immensely reassuring. I can't recommend this book highly enough, thank you Gill and Alison.
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Get a copy of this book and keep it close to hand. Teenagers can driver you crazy so you need to keep a level head and an even temper. I found Whatever was a great help in seeing through the frustration and reminding me to respect my kids perspective. Trust me it will help!
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This book has very much become the domestic bible by which my family and I now live. I picked up a copy in Waterstones on the high street a few weeks ago, since when i have forced my wife into reading it, and have read it twice myself.
Alison Baverstock and Gill Hines have answers to every domestic problem that is likely to occur with your little darlings. What with hectic Edinburgh city life im ashamed to say my children have been rather neglected of late, and 'Whatever' has certainly given me more time with my family and we are happier for it.
I recently saw Alison Baverstock speak at the Edinburgh Book Festival about her book and i learned she has four children of her own, two of whom are teenagers! I cant say i envy them having a book written all about them but im sure theyre really very proud.
Buy this book and act on it if you want your home life to improve! Enjoy!
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For sensible and clearly set-out advice, there simply is not a better book aimed at parents of teenagers. But what I liked most about it was that it doesn't just TELL you what to do - it encourages you to think through why a particular situation has arisen, and to choose good solutions which will work for you and your teenager. Alison Baverstock and Gill Hines do a great job of helping parents decipher what a teenager may be thinking when behaving in a particular way. It is utterly reassuring - anything your teenager is doing is not your fault, but there are things you CAN do to help. Confident and happy teenagers are the very likely result of this book.
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Even the chapter headings are great, and address all the big issues. Contains real wisdom and insight rather than psyco-speak. I feel I know much better what's in my teenager's head and hormones, and how he regards me.
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If you feel you are alone with wayward teenagers or just can't seem to get through, then get yourself a copy of this brilliant book. The advice is sencible and down to earth and full of practcal sugestions.
Keep your kids as friends and save yourself from reaching for the gin bottle!
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This is a wonderful book - wise, well-written, informed and informative. I particularly like the way it helps you get out of the rut of nagging your teenager by helping you to think about your own experience as a teenager. The problem, though, is that if you lend it to your fellow parent, as I did, you won't see it again! Great read - just don't part with it, is all...!
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This book is essential reading for anyone with a teenager. It is very easy to read since each chapter uses a variety of techniques including a question and answer section, flashbacks (making you think back to how it felt when you were a teenager), ten top tips on how to ... (eg communicate with young people), lists of ways to spot things (eg teenagers with low self-esteem)

But the issues it raises (a teenager's world, feel-good factor, the role of the family, self-organisation, money, bullying, sex, drugs and alcohol, hobbies and pastimes, all my friends are allowed to...) are crucial to a young person's development. The book concludes by asking you to think about how you want to be remembered. It makes me think too about how you must make the most of the pleasure that your teenagers can bring you. Read it!
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