’I would truly recommend this book for all to read as it is really interesting and readers will be able to apply their own examples.’
Title: We Need To Talk
Author: Ian Williamson
Publisher: Vermilion London
Reviewer: Dr. Jo Wilson, Senior Research Fellow, WHS
What was it like?
An extremely interesting book, which studies raising up and coming resilient teenagers. Changes in child rearing are not as they were. Technology has altered many things and this book highlights the changes of activities, with use of texts and emails, and electronic devices. All of which make parents lives change in having the children show respect and behave respectfully towards them. Adolescents have important qualities of good work ethics, emotional resistance and a capacity to make and keep good relationships and having exciting challenges. The book is well researched and written and uses good examples of different stages of adolescence and life changes and ways of sustaining meaningful relationships with partners and friends.
What were the highlights?
The ways used in describing parenting and how it curiously works with little thought going into it. How often things are left to chance but can sometimes be successful but can also seem to be turbulent and uncertain. There are some good short examples of how the journey of adolescence changes with uncertainties, detours and some turbulence to get there. The book then tries to explain adolescence and discusses it from a younger and older adolescence.
It then discusses behaviour and goes through many examples trying to figure out the changes and coping with them as Parents and Children. Crime and Behaviour are also discussed and the impact and collisions between teenagers and parents. Relationships and the capacity to create and sustain meaningful relationships are key to this book and are interesting to read. The capacity to have these deep and meaningful relationships is important. Other areas discussed include Sex and Pornography, Technology, Gaming, Education and Teenagers and Divorce. These are also well written and can set the minds of adolescents and parents thinking, discussing and ways to help them through. The book then concludes with A Tale of Two Teenagers, which addresses and gives examples through a Tale of the Two Teenagers.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The author is excellent at understanding both adolescent changes and parents who see them as exciting challenges that he shares throughout the book. It is a enjoyable book, which is easy to relate to and learn lessons from with some really good ideas. I would truly recommend this book for all to read as it is really interesting and readers will be able to apply their own examples.
Who should read it?
Parents, Paediatricians, Adolescents, Carers
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