Author(s): Michael Carr-Gregg
In this hard-hitting book, Michael Carr-Gregg focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today: what to do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who behaves like a responsible adult one day and a vampish brat the next. Part of the problem is that girls are becoming sexualised earlier, and their physical development is shooting ahead of their cognitive capacities. By the time they turn 13 they look like they're ready for anything - but they're not. Yet, argues Carr-Gregg, many parents are surrendering their authority and allowing their daughters to be fast-tracked into pseudo-adulthood. We appear to be losing it when it comes to parenting our girls and it's time to grab back the reins. This book is a must-read for every parent with an adolescent daughter.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's leading authorities on teenage behaviour, and as a practising psychologist specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. In 2000 he was the subject of This is Your Life. He was founder of the world's first national support group for teenage cancer patients, CanTeen(The Australian Teenage Cancer Patient's Society).He is the consultant psychologist to many schools and national organisations, an official ambassador for the federal government's youth suicide prevention programs beyondblue and Mindmatters, and from 2005 will be consultant to Channel Nine on adolescent behaviour. He has written two bestselling books on parenting adolescents; Surviving Year 12 and Adolescence: A Guide for Parents. He is also a columnist for Girlfriend, Family Circle and Australian Doctor magazines. He has won many awards for his work.