“I don’t recognise my child. Yesterday he was a sweet, polite boy who smiled a lot. Today he mumbles in monosyllables, shouts at his sister, and never comes out of his room except to raid the fridge.”
Think of a storm. Think how it builds – brooding slowly, dark with ominous clouds and flashes of lightning and rumbles of rolling thunder that may erupt at any minute. Then a torrent of rain, perhaps a few hailstones and finally, the sun comes out – as if the storm had never been.
Adolescence can be just like that: a powerfully disruptive, often chaotic and yet a wonderfully vivid and energetic time.
As parents, we can do a lot to manage the impact of this sometimes confusing and challenging time in a young person’s life. Standing firm and holding on to one’s values in the face of bombardment from adolescents, who in turn are facing their own pressures of identity and self doubt, requires a clear head, encouragement . . . and a handbook. The Adolescent Storm is that handbook.
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Penguin Books takes pleasure in inviting you to the launch of The Adolescent Storm: A Handbook for Parents by Meg Fargher and Helen Dooley.
Meet the authors and get great advice at the launch – see you there!