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Teenagers are a funny thing, aren’t they? If you haven’t been blessed with any yet, just you wait! I know there are a lot of people who find teenagers harder work than toddlers, although that hasn’t been the case for me. But they are complex characters – both wonderful and frustrating, both child and adult. And right now I have three of them in the house. I deserve a medal, right?
There are a lot of parenting books out there about babies and toddlers, then the kids grown up a bit and there is very little advice for us. The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen, Jane Gilmore and Tara Murphy is a new book about unlocking your teenager’s potential. Because they really have bags of the stuff, but they aren’t always aware of it and nor are we, as their parents.
The book will help you to interact with your teenagers in a more positive way and help you to understand them better. It will help you understand why teenagers behave in the way they do and help you provide the right environment for them to flourish, while avoiding some of the obstacles and risks of teenage life.
Although a scientific book, it is broken down into very understandable sections – giving real world examples and case studies. There are even sections to fill in yourself, so you can analyse both your child’s behaviour and your own reaction to it – and how you could have handled it differently.
Although this isn’t a book about mental health, there is a section on teens and mental health, including how to spot difficulties and when to ask for help.
Even if this book just serves as a reminder to us all that our teenagers aren’t just being grumpy and unco-operative for the hell of it, it is well worth getting hold of a copy! It is too easy to just assume they are being bad, when that isn’t actually the case.
The Incredible Teenage Brain would be perfect for parents of 12 or 13 year olds, so they can get ready for those sometimes rocky teenage years. Although it’s a bit late for my eldest, who is 18, it will still be useful to me for my daughter, who is 13.
One book definitely suitable for my eldest, though, is The Anxiety Survival Guide. This is a book aimed specifically at 18 to 25 year olds making that tricky transition from childhood to adulthood. So far, my son has coped very well. He is now doing an apprenticeship and going to work every day – a lot more ‘grown up’ than most 18 year olds. But he knows of friends who are struggling with university or their apprenticeships. There’s a lot of pressure – to make friends, to keep up with studies, to be responsible for cooking for yourself, looking after a house and sticking to a budget…
This is a book for dipping in and out of. It deals with why adulthood can make some people anxious and some examples on how to deal with anxieties in a whole range of situations – including social situations, studying, moving out of the family home, job interviews and the workplace. There are lots of case studies from young people with anxiety about how they have struggled and how they have coped in different situations.
This is a very easy to use book and includes exercises to help young people identify triggers for anxiety and ways to ease them.
Although clearly not aimed at young people with serious mental health problems, this would be a good read for any young person who is suffering from mild anxiety or who is a worrier. It is very easy for young people to feel that they are ‘not normal’ and this book helps to reassure them that what they are feeling is normal – and that there are ways to reduce their feelings of anxiety.