The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers | Nigel Latta

You can probably guess something about the school term we’ve just had with one of the booklets by my latest choice of reading matter!

Teenagers! Hmmmm.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers was recommended to us by our brother-in-law. It has been the perfect remedy. Not so much for the advice (which was useful) or the information about teenage brains (which was enlightening), but for the humour.

Anyone with teenagers in the house will appreciate how important it is to find a reason to laugh. Nigel Latta’s approach to parenting had me laughing out loud as I recognised ourselves and chuckling with glee at some of his inventive solutions.

The case studies are also a good release valve as you realise that your kids are not as extreme as the ones in the book! The sense of fellowship is important but so is the reality check! Nigel’s approach to parenting is realistic, do-able and sensible.

If I had to summarise his approach in one sentence it would be “we need to give them (teenagers) a reason to be good…but we also need to give them a reason not to be bad.”

Nigel also has a website (and several other parenting books) to help out with all the various ages and stages.

Highly recommended for anyone who suddenly finds themselves living with a slothful grunter or neanderthal caveman.

Once you’ve negotiated the terrors of toddlerdom and the perils of primary school you think you’ve got a pretty good handle on this parenting thing – then along comes Mother Nature with her horrible hormones and suddenly you’re so far behind square one you’re starting to wonder if this raging bundle of contradictions screaming at you was switched in the night by evil aliens.

With his now trademark humour and pragmatic common sense approach, Nigel debunks the politically correct nightmare of perfect parenting and argues for sanity first – yours – and reclaiming the ground parents have lost in the great ‘I’m my child’s best friend’ debacle. 

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