I haven’t bought a parenting book since my boys were 4 and 2. They’re 16 and 13 now and they bring a whole new load of challenges with them. So I was very pleased when I was offered a copy of Help Your Kids With Growing Up to review, especially as it is written by Dr Robert Winston, who I have great admiration for, particularly his TV series, Child of Our Time. This is someone who really understands the workings of teenagers!
Help Your Kids With Growing Up isn’t just a puberty book. Although there are chapters on both male and female puberty, it takes the whole growing up thing a lot further. This really is a book about teenagers and young adults and everything they may encounter as they grow up. It touches on the issues and worries all teenagers and their parents have – some straightforward stuff everyone will encounter and some less straightforward stuff we hope won’t affect our own kids.
While you may want to sit and read the book all the way through, you are more likely to want to dip in and out of it as your kids reach certain phases or challenges in their lives. So there are chapters on a healthy body and a healthy mind, one on achieving potential, families, relationships, sex, sexuality and more.
Within each of these chapters, there are easy-to-read pages on everything from smoking to masturbation to sleep and cyberbullying. It’s not all about the ‘bad stuff’ – the chapter on achieving potential includes advice on careers, revision and university.
While it is very easy to read, this isn’t a book to give to kids to just read on their own (the clue is in the title) – it’s a book to keep parents one step ahead and to share with their kids when the time is right.
If you are currently negotiating the minefield of teenagers and secondary school, this is a really handy resource. I know I will be referring back to it regularly as my daughter starts secondary school and my eldest starts thinking about university and careers.
I was sent a copy of Help Your Kids With Growing Up for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon right here (and, no, I’m not making any money out of you clicking the link!).