'I love my kids with a primal passion but when they hit puberty I wanted to hand them back for a refund. If only I'd had this witty, gritty owner's manual. It's a pithy, practical guide for all deranged parents.' KATHY LETTE 'I wish I'd read this book before I acquired the three teenagers I have. Very useful.' CRAIG REUCASSEL 'This book should be compulsory reading for teenagers, but since they already know everything, I highly recommend it for their parents instead.' DEE MADIGAN 'This book articulates the frustrations and stresses of modern parenting and provides a reassuring reality check on how to navigate the choppy waters of raising teens in an always-on, screen-obsessed world.' JOCELYN BREWER, psychologist So, you're having a teenager? Congratulations/commiserations.
Worried about drugs? We recommend Valium, wine and HRT.
Happy you survived the toddler tantrums? Let us introduce you to the eye roll, the cold shoulder and the incoherent mumble.
On the bright side, you've reduced your need for Google - your adolescent is now able to frequently correct, hector and lecture you with their strong opinion on everything. And if you feel tired, you're not imagining it. Teen years are like dog years: for every year your teen ages, you age seven.
You need a survival guide for the testing times ahead. Friends, next-door neighbours and fellow mums of teens Sarah Macdonald and Cathy Wilcox have lived through it all and produced this straight-talking, not entirely sarcastic, informative guide to what for many parents are the most challenging - but interesting and exciting - years in the role.
From A is for Argumentative, Awkward and Angst, to Z is for Zits and Zzzzzs. Because having a toddler is a doddle.
, Sarah Macdonald
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04 February 2020
A is for Argumentative, Attitude, Ageing, Angst, Anxiety, Awkward, Approval B is for Body, Brain, Belonging, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Black and White, Bedroom, Bathroom, BO, Binge watching, Bodily Functions, Boundaries, Bullying C is for Crises, Clothes, Cruel, Communication, Crushes, Confidence, Conspiracy Theories, Cool (and hot), Consent D is for Drugs, Dicks, Devices, Drama, Driving and Driving Lessons E is for Embarrassing, Eye roll, Eye contact, Egocentrism, Everyone else, Exams, Entitled, Extremely emotional, Expectations, Everything sucks, Enterprising, Eating disorders F is for Fault, Failure, Formal, Freaking out, Food, Friends, Fake Tan, Fake ID G is for Grumpy, Gushing, Gorgeous, Gathos, Glandular fever, Google, Gaming, Graduation H is for High School, Hate you, Hormones, Hearts, Hangry, Humour, Hair, Hearing I is for Independence, Irony, Introspection, Identity, Influencers, Idealistic, Identifying emotions, Information overload J is for .... Judgement, Judgemental, Justice K is for Kardashian feminism, Karma, Kissing, Knowledge L is for Lying, Like, Lazy and lethargic, Losing things, Labels, Letting Go, Language M is for Mumble, Monosyllabic, Moodiness, Meltdowns, Memes, Masturbation, Marks, Money, Mirror, Mental Illness N is for Not listening, Nunya, Netflix O is for Over-identifying, Organisational skills, Overscheduled, Orthodontic debt, Other parents P is for Parties, Pout, Piercings, Privacy, Procrastination, Perfectionism, Parent-teacher night, Pushing vs pulling back, Pets, Puberty, Porn, Phone Q is for Questioning, Queer, Quarrelling, Quiet R is for Righteous indignation, Resilience, Rituals, Relationships S is for Screen time and social media, Sex, Sexting, Smells, Squad, Sport, Shopping, Shoplifting, Stress, Single parenting, Socialise, Schoolies T is for ... Trans, Talking back, Testes, Time, Torpor, Teachers, Technology skills, Trust U is for Unfair, Understand, University V is for ... Veganism, Vaping, Vernacular W is for ... Woke, Wisdom teeth, Wars over homework, Worry, Watch, Whatever X is for X-rated Y is for Yes, Yawn, Yelling, Year group Z is for Zits, Zzzzs
Sarah Macdonald is an ABC journalist and radio presenter, and author of the international bestseller Holy Cow. For many women in their 40s and 50s they came of age listening to her host the Morning Show on Triple J. Sarah co-hosts the storytelling event and comedy podcast 'The Full Catastrophe' with Rebecca Huntley. She has two terrific teens who would say this book is 'fully sick' but they refuse to read it. Cathy Wilcox is a cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, for which she has drawn since 1989, as well as illustrating numerous children's books, collecting three Walkley Awards and some Children's Book Council commendations for her work along the way. She is the mother of two children who have almost made it through the teenage years, and one eternally childlike dog.