This book covered a lot of topics with teenagers. (Not all of which were essential to why I picked up this book, but I did read most of them anyway.) The information is presented in an informal and non-threatening way, along with many "real life" situations from patients of Dr. Bradley's. I found the "Do's" and "Dont's" lists particulary helpful - short, sweet and to the point. I thought it was very interesting that Dr. Bradley included topics such as "how to get your kid to therapy if you need to", as well as a list of what drugs kids have available today, and what side effects you could look for if you suspected use.
Typically the reoccuring mantra was to keep your head, even if you have to be a doormat, and you'll get through it because at some point this roller coaster does stop (duh.) I found his tone a bit condescending at times (as in "get our your highlighter, you're going to use it a lot in this part", but overall it wasn't preachy.
Think of this book as a "training manual." While I'm not a fan of self-help books particularly, one sentence he wrote at the beginning stuck with me - "If you didn't give a damn, you wouldn't be reading this book."
I found this a godsend of enlightenment. It helps me to better understand what on earth is going on in this temporarily-deranged strangers' mind. I can, as he suggests, far better keep my cool when I have a better understanding of it all. There are some terrific prescriptive suggestions for proceeding. Very wise book. I have applied its teachings several times to *great* affect. I cannot recommend this book more.
The book has a lot of good, common sense information. A good reminder to remain calm to help your teen weather the storm of teenage insanity. It has strategies to help with many situations and describes those where professional help is advisable.
I think this book is realistic.I have given several of these books as gifts.This is a beautiful gift copy.I have a 17 year old and I wish I had read this book 5 years ago! The book is written in 3 parts - Part 1 on teens and the issues in their lives, Part 2 on parents, and Part 3 on strategies for dealing with those issues. (He even includes a section on internet obsession - a big issue in our house.) When I finished reading this book, I felt so hopeful. The author provides a guideline for staying sane while dealing with the craziness, and at the same time maintaining a connection with your kids in a way that fosters strength, love, compassion, and most and best of all - mutual respect. Not a small feat, and he does it with a warm sense of humor to top it off. I would have given this book more stars if I could!