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Whatever! by Gill Hines, Alison Baverstock

Do you find bringing up teenagers more of a pain than a pleasure?
Raising teenagers can test parental love to breaking point, particularly if you have previously enjoyed a close and loving relationship. The child whose every joy and sadness you shared has suddenly become taller than you, louder than you, with an inside knowledge of all your failings - and a sudden urge to point them out. What's more, this newly arrived creature may spend half their life glued to a gadget, talk and dress in a way you find alien and respond to all queries with a grunt or a dismissal - whilst expecting ever-greater financial hand-outs.
Help is however at hand. This completely revised and updated edition of a parenting classic is full of advice to help teenagers, their parents and the rest of the family. It offers a wealth of sound advice plus tried and tested strategies for every aspect of life with a teen - from alcohol to cyberbullying, sexting to household chores - which you can put into practice immediately. You'll quickly wonder how you ever managed without this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780349409528
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gill Hines (Author)
Gill Hines is an educator of huge experience. She has worked with a large number of parents, young people and teachers, offering workshops, mentoring and support in a wide variety of issues.

Alison Baverstock (Author)
Dr Alison Baverstock is an academic, author and mother of four.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dame Jacqueline Wilson vii

Preface: Welcome to Whatever! ix

Chapter 1 What is a teenager? 1

Chapter 2 Parenting a teenager 12

Chapter 3 A teenager's world 30

Chapter 4 The feel-good factor: promoting self-esteem and self-confidence 44

Chapter 5 'Did you hear me?' Language, swearing, lying and learning to communicate 69

Chapter 6 The role of the family 96

Chapter 7 'All my friends are allowed to': peer influences and friendships 123

Chapter 8 The 'B' word: rights, responsibilities, fairness and bullying 145

Chapter 9 'Why didn't you remind me?' Self-organisation, self-discipline, dealing with exams and deadlines 168

Chapter 10 'Is that thing glued to your ear?' The world of the gadget 190

Chapter 11 'Money, money money'. How much, how often, how to get some and how important? 215

Chapter 12 'You're not going out in that!' What they want to wear, what's appropriate and what is not 229

Chapter 13 'Shh, don't tell my mum …' Sex, fancying, dating and keeping safe 243

Chapter 14 'Off my head!' on drugs and alcohol - safety, moderation and dialogue 276

Chapter 15 'Bor-ing!' Hobbies, pastimes and obsessions 302

Chapter 16 Writing about the development of children and young people - how this book fits into what else is available 316

Conclusion: Looking to the future: what we want for our young people 327

Appendix 1 How to run a family meeting 333

Appendix 2 List of useful websites, services and contacts 337

Index 345

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