I just finished reading my latest youth development book, called “Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?” It’s subtitled “A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager” and is written by a psychologist that’s worked with adolescents for over 30 years.
First, I have to say that the book is very frank. The author goes through several interesting points, each with facts, figures and evidence of experience to back it up. He covers many key points, including independence, communication, control, and conflict.
With that said, I struggle to say that I like the book. My summary would be something like, “Most teenagers are miserable monsters, and there is nothing you can do about it, so here are some coping strategies to get you though it.” I’ve met some parents that pretty much feel that way, and they should relate quite well to this book. I suppose I just have a better experience with most teenagers, so that seems a bit harsh to me.
In any case, whether you are a parent or other adult that works with youth, I think you’ll find this book a valuable read.
Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager, Revised and Updated