Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This!


Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This!

Battlefield wisdom for stressed out parents

By Nigel Latta

ISBN13: 9781869507138

RRP $26.99



About the Author

Over the past eighteen years, Nigel has worked with literally thousands of families and consults with a range of private and public organizations from throughout New Zealand, including social service agencies, sex offender treatment programmes, prisons, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police, and Child, Youth and Family Services.

In recent years he has developed an increasing specialty and passion for working with kids in the 'too-hard' basket.  In doing so, he has unearthed a basic truth: inside very 'bad' kid is a 'normal' kid, and inside very 'normal' kid is a devil awaiting its opportunity!  While the circumstances and consequences can be widely different, the physiology and psychology are the same, and so the same rules apply.  Whether the problem is writ large, or is less extreme in its expression, the problem needs a solution.  Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This! equips you with the skills and points you in the right direction to fish for those solutions.  So when your Neanderthal eventually emerges as an evolved man, and when the Girl-niverse recedes back into the Universe, you should be left grateful, loved and largely sane.



Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This! is a simply brilliant resource for ALL parents - no matter what age your children are.  We often joke that our daughter is five going on fifteen and you know what?  Having read Nigel Latta's book, we can certainly see a variety of teenage behaviour appearing.  Whilst it would be naive for us to think that we now have the power to prevent the Girl-niverse from entering our house, we certainly feel better equipped at handling whatever she may throw at us now that we have a better understanding of the factors driving her unpredictable behaviour.

Nigel begins with Bombproof Frameworks to help parents understand what is happening to their kids and why they do the things they do.  "On the battlefield of parenting, the commanding heights aren't so much about altitude as they are about attitude."  Nigel's Bombproof Frameworks enable parents to see the big picture and make the journey much easier.

The next section of Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This! is the ten Basic Principles Nigel has observed over the years from the families he has worked with and calls them: "the rules by which the game is played" and should be used by parents to guide their actions.

In the third part of his book, Nigel provides parents with a very simple method for making Simple Plans.  "This is what I do when I'm working with families, even when the problem seems hideously complex.  In fact, in my experience the more complex the problem, the simpler the plan needs to be." says Nigel.

Throughout Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This! Nigel uses case studies to illustrate his points.  Part four in particular makes brilliant use of real-life examples to bring the frameworks, principles and plans all together.

Each chapter finishes with a set of bullet points to summarise for ease of reference - but don't skip the substance or you'll miss the explanations and the humour!

Nigel's writing style is entertaining and personable.  His language is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but is oh so very appropriate in the context of his field of expertise.

Whether you are living with fully-fledged teenagers, or still nursing your innocent bundle of joy, this is a MUST read.  Read it now.  Read it with your spouse.  And read it again.

Even if you don't agree with everything Nigel says, you will find Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This! highly entertaining.



Reviewed by: Franciska

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