Do you find bringing up teenagers more of a pain than a pleasure When - and how - should you broach the difficult topics, such as sex, drugs and alcohol How much independence is a good thing
Raising teenagers can test parental love to breaking point, particularly if you have previously enjoyed a close and loving relationship. The child over whom you exercised near-total control 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 talk and dress in a way you find alien and tell you nothing - whilst needing ever-greater financial handouts.
Help is at hand. Here is a practical guide to help teenagers, their parents and the rest of the family. Whatever! offers tried-and-tested strategies for every situation which you can put into practice immediately. You will wonder how you ever managed without this cheerfully perceptive book.
Gill Hines has worked extensively with young people, parents and teachers. Her workshops on 'growing up' are very popular. Author and marketing consultant Alison Baverstock met her when she started attending; she has four children- two are teenagers, the other two are taking notes.