With humor, plenty of understanding and 50 years of experience treating adolescents, child psychiatrist Calvin Colarusso, M.D. provides ideas and examples to smooth the way through adolescence for parents and teens. Surviving Adolescence: A Roadmap for Teens and Their Parents provides understanding of inscrutable adolescent behavior and practical suggestions on what to do about mood swings, backtalk, disgusting bedrooms, sexual behavior, and dating.
Jokes about masturbation are countless, and, when men get together, they are quick with many crude quips about the subject. But considering that masturbation is one of the most common acts in which human beings engage, it is surprising that there is not more serious information available to the general public. How much understanding does the average person have about the subject? Why is such a common human experience still considered to be a taboo subject by so many?
Cougar is a slang term that refers to a woman who seeks sexual relations with considerably younger men. This book deals with the dynamics and motivations of older women who seduce younger men, as portrayed in six classical films: The Graduate (1968), Tea and Sympathy (1956), Summer of '42 (1971), The Reader (2008), The Last Picture Show (1971), and Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001).
Dr. Calvin Colarusso explains why adults need to play, maybe not as much as children do, but for the same reasons. Play is a way of mastering stress and trauma. It serves the same purpose for children and adults. The stresses of adulthood are, in their own way, more daunting than those of childhood. And we all have a need to master the traumatic overstimulation that characterizes our busy lives, to say nothing of the internal pressures that continually force us to deal with issues, relationships, and experiences.
Parenthood is one of life's most profound, rewarding, and difficult experiences. Becoming a parent isn't much of a problem. In fact, the process is usually, if not always, enjoyable. But nature plays a dirty trick. There are a few minutes of pleasure and profound enjoyment along the way as your child grows and matures. But there are also sleepless nights, endless car pools, disappointments and potential problems at every step of the way.
As we age, our roles as fathers change. Like all relationships, fatherhood is not a static experience, nor is it easily described, and at times the path is unclear and confusing. How do we relate to daughters and sons as they mature? As teenagers? As adults? As caretakers and heads of their own families? How does one best find joy in their accomplishments and our hand in them? And how do we come to terms with their failures, which can so often feel like our own?