Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?

A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A lighthearted but insightful guide to raising adolescent children shows parents how to deal with teenagers living in a faster-paced, less morally certain world than the one they knew. Original. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Beleaguered parents will breath sighs of relief and gratitude over this bestselling guide to raising teenagers

In this revised edition, Dr. Anthony E. Wolf tackles the changes in recent years with the same wit and compassion as the original edition. Dr. Wolf points out that while the basic issues of adolescence and the relationships between parents and their children remain much the same, today's teenagers navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Wolf's revisions include a new chapter on the Internet, a significantly modified section on drugs and drinking, and an added piece on gay teenagers.

Although the rocky and ever-changing terrain of contemporary adolescence may bewilder parents, Get Out of My Life gives them a great road map.



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002
Edition: Rev. and updated, 1st rev. ed
ISBN: 9780374528539
0374528535
Characteristics: xxii, 212 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GH 350 W 2002

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Cecilturtle
Jan 12, 2012

Wow! I have rarely seen such inept advice in my long reading career! Wolf's book can be divided into two aspects: the descriptive in which he does a good job of analyzing and describing behaviours, giving insight into common situations; and the prescriptive in which he gives some of the most terrible advice I've come across. The lack of originality in his approach is stunning: under the topic of nagging, he concludes "you are stuck with nagging"; under the topic of procrastination, he recommends nagging until the teen gets up and concludes "it is the only way".
The chapter under sexual education is ridiculous (no, Dr Wolf, many STDs besides AIDS are not fully curable and can be caught without even actual intercourse) and I just about fell off my chair when I read about drugs that "the street wisdom" of peers (...) is not to be scoffed at. It can be wrong but at times its information can be more accurate than the adult view." Personally, I'd rather have my teen get her information from a valid source...
There is no discussion of coaching, negotiation, distancing or little tricks like writing notes and letters to keep the lines of communication open... it's a glib little book full of useless pat advice with tongue-in-cheek dialogue - none of which is helpful since it's all negative.
This is a no go - there are so many other sources that so much better!

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8217549
Dec 27, 2011

very funny and very true.

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RonNasty64
Jun 17, 2009

A great insight into why teenagers do what they do.

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gailygirl
Jan 26, 2009

One of the funniest and most encouraging parenting books I have ever read. Makes you feel good about your own parenting - and that you are not alone!

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RonNasty64
Jun 17, 2009

Coarse Language: This is a very honest book, and the language used in demonstration is often very frank.

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