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Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager Paperback – March 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580050891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580050890
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ariel Gore ... provides succor to moms who cannot relate to our culture's mawkish notions of motherhood."

More About the Author

I'm a California-born memoirist, journalist, and fiction writer--happiest working with words, trying to get closer to the truth, dreaming up ways the right words /right truths might mitigate the violence of life. I'm not sure why, but I often break my little toe. It's probably not my worst habit. I have degrees in writing from Mills College and U.C. Berkeley. I edit and publish the magazine Hip Mama and teach writing online at http://literarykitchen.com.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karin on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I loved Ariel's new book. It came just at the right time, as I mourn the loss of my "baby" and am learning to embrace this new developing woman-child in my house.
Best:
--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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chiara on July 12, 2004
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This is a lionhearted meditation on guiding our children through their teenage years and learning how to let go. I found Ariel Gore's well-researched advice extremely helpful. The chapters written by her daughter are poignant and, when they poke fun, seem to be all in good family humor. If you have children over eleven, you will want to read this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Aragon VINE VOICE on November 7, 2004
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This book made me laugh, sign, and in some places get all teary eyed. I'm going to save this book for when my daughter(s) goes through puberty.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By China Martens on April 5, 2004
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I think this book is really really great. When I was reaching out for others to share experiences in parenting a young teen and being a rad mom ... There just wasn't much there.
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!
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2 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Smith on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have not read the book but did read several excerpts from it by the mom (author) and 14-year old snip (daughter).
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.
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