Book Review: Your Teenager is Not Crazy

Your Teenager is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent by Dr. Jeramy Clark and Jerusha Clark is an admirable attempt to help parents of teenagers get a handle on what is going on with their child and all of the sudden and sometimes bizarre changes that occur during this phase of life.

your teenager is not crazyThe authors do a wonderful job of covering a vast amount of material – situations that parents of teens are likely to encounter – while not doing so in a way that leaves the reader feeling overwhelmed with text.  The book also keeps up a lively atmosphere through the stories used by the authors to help parents know that they aren’t alone in encountering the weird world of a teen…and also reminding parents of their own teenage antics.

Another strength of the book is the way it is laid out within each chapter. Each chapter has a story, a “Bio 101” section, a “Psych 101” section, a “Faith 101” section, and a “Try it Today” section.  These subsets help breakdown the various components that make up a person and the various changes in each of these areas.

A drawback of the book is that it does cover a lot and may seem a bit overwhelming to some people – especially those who may not be that interested in the various subsets of change on the bio and psycho levels.

Overall, it is a good book are worth the read…especially if you have someone approaching or in the teen years living within your house.

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Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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