The driving theme of Surviving Adolescents is for parents to remain calm and keep their cool. Michael Carr-Gregg, a psychologist specializing in teenagers, reminds us of the vast mental and physical changes that young people go through; these can be confusing and stressful and he repeatedly states the importance of having a calm, loving adult to guide them in their growth. From adolescence to adulthood our brains physically alter. Scientific facts like these are touched on but the focus here is down-to-earth parenting for 21st-century adults, colored with anecdotes and light-hearted quotes about no longer being a child but not quite being an adult. Richard Aspel performs the audiobook with a steady engaging diction and calmness, emphasizing the author's message.
Young people today enter puberty earlier than ever before and leave home later. The good news is that teenagers aren't impossible to live with, especially if parents adopt the common-sense strategies set out in this book.
Surviving Adolescents is a clear and very down-to-earth manual, drawing on Dr. Carr-Gregg's wealth of experience and wisdom. It has advice on all the thorny issues that confront families with teenagers - sexuality, risky behaviors, laziness, school and study problems, and much more. And it is full of practical tips for everyday survival, including: communicating effectively with young people, defusing family conflict, setting limits, keeping the stress of parenting at bay, and avoiding common mistakes like fighting over things that don't matter.