I have been a school teacher educating and supporting teenagers for 17 years. In my view this is a good introduction for both parents and teachers. Michael is certainly a well know and respected authority in this field . One school I was teaching at actually brought him out each year to speak to parents. The buzz around the community was always positive after his visit and his suggestions well received. This book is a great little primer written in non technical language whilst giving some scientific basis for the difficulties that teenagers and parents face. Some of the information does seem a little homespun and common sense, however, this can be a breath of fresh air for those locked in conflict with their daughter. The work is fresh and current and deals with the new pressures that information technology places on teenage girls.
When I read Princess Bitchface, I got keys that helped me straight away. I particularly appreciated the scientific explanations of what is going on in my daughter's brain. It enabled me to respond appropriately and I'm already enjoying the benefits. I am also enjoying my daughter on a new level. Episodes are over quickly as I don't react the way I used to. Thank you for a very helpful book, Michael.
I thought my daughters issues were because I was a bad father. But while my parenting failures have not helped (and this book had given me some guidance here) there was something else going on that was much bigger than me. It gives me some relief as a father, direction for going forward and hope for my daughter.