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.
The 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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