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Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager Paperback – March 2, 2004
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--Normalizing that the process of teen differentiation can be painful and difficult, as well as rewarding. We (parents) are not alone! It's not just me!!
--The research to dispell fears & myths about teen, presented in clean and clear (and even funny) format
--Reminder that the author is a "human mama-woman doing the best I can". It really helped remind me that I am too!
Ariel Gore did it again with this book. She is such a fine writer and hipster mama. I absolutely love all her work and she also is a skilled public speaker, when I've heard her read excerpts from her books.
Back to the book, the inclusion of Maia's entries adds to the conversational tone of the book. Buy this book if you are parenting a girl-woman. It will give you a reality check on how to best parent your daughter during her teen years.
There are so many books for birth and pregnancy and toddlers and all that. But Parenting teenagers is the next big step in parenting. And there is no book that is keeping up with the times.
Whatever Mom - Rings true! Its comforting, helpful, witty, wise and sweet. I'm glad this book is here! And yes, I might be prejudiced cuz I'm all quoted in the book because I filled out her survey questions and I'm a "hip mama". BUT, I don't know. It's a darn sweet book!
It seems like daughter gets to dismiss or denigrate mom regularly and with impunity. One of the child's catch-phrases about her mom's actions or thoughts are, "Who's the genius?"
Mom says she often wonders, "Hey, I am paying for your food and clothes and giving you rides everywhere, Why don't I get any respect?"
I would guess she doesn't because she's let this kid think her quips are what passes for discourse between indolent youngsters and hardworking parents.
Better give this book a pass and read Laura Schlessinger's works. For this particular situation, LS would recommend a short but firm talk about a new set of rules. Following these being broken, the snip returns to a room stripped of everything but a mattress and 2 changes of clothes. Of course, there are no trips to the Mall, spending money, cell phone, or late-night forays sans accountability. [The child was particularly irked that she had to let her mom know what she was doing, who she was with, and where she was.]
She earns them back by showing respect for mom's rearing her and deep regard for mom's vastly greater knowledge.
Is there hope for this particular mother-daugher duo? The chances seem slim.