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Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager, Anthony E. Wolf, is a valuable resource for people interested in Teenagers and Parenting, and it is available through and Barnes & Noble.

From the Publisher
A brand new edition of the bestselling guide to raising teenagers
When Anthony E. Wolf's witty and compassionate guide to raising adolescents was first published, its amusing title and fresh approach won it widespread admiration. Beleaguered parents breathed sighs of relief and gratitude. Now Dr. Wolf has revised and updated his bestseller to tackle the changes of the past decade. He points out that while the basic issues of adolescence and the relationships between parents and their children remain much the same, today's teenagers navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Wolf's revisions include a new chapter on the Internet, a significantly modified section on drugs and drinking, and an added piece on gay teenagers. Although the rocky and ever-changing terrain of contemporary adolescence may bewilder parents, Get Out of My Life gives them a great road map.

The Chapel Hill News - Susie Wilde
A book that friends with adolescents have sworn is their survival bible ... One friend told me, 'I swear, it's like he was sitting in my kitchen writing down our exact words.' The dialogue and analysis are completely on-target and so full of sense ... Wolf's tone is playful, astute, and made me scurry to find his [other] book[s].

The Boston Globe - Beth Winship
Funny, sound, and compassionate, Get Out of My Life will truly help you talk with your kids and not get mad all the time.

Dorothy Zeiser
Get Out of My Life has Spock's common sense, the insight of Freud, and the wit of Bombeck. I welcome this book.

Joanne M. Cunard
The collective wisdom of thirty years' experience is crystallized in Dr. Wolf's classic book with a superbly reasoned exploration of adolescence told through probing portrayals of common day-to-day family experiences. This book is easily the best escort for parents baffled by the world of their adolescent, yet hoping to understand, guide, and enjoy their child.

Publishers Weekly
This updated edition (a chapter on gay and lesbian teenagers and the ramifications of the electronic world have been added) will be as useful to parents as the 1992 version. Wolf, a clinical psychologist who works with adolescents (Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?), clearly has a feel for both the angst of young people who must deal with an evermore complex world and the difficulties parents face when a cooperative loving child morphs into a teenager who lies, talks back and avoids parental company. Humorous and insightful, Wolf describes what is, rather than what mothers and fathers of rebellious and thoughtless adolescents wish would be. He is forthright in stating that "you do not win the battle for control with teenagers... usually the best you get is imperfect control." Despite the best efforts of parents, today's adolescents frequently drink, experiment with drugs and are sexually active. According to the author, however, it is still important to have rules even though a teenager may break them. If parents clearly state their expectations of behavior and restate them when a teen disobeys, their son or daughter will, to some extent, internalize the rules and abide by them sometimes. In addition to providing excellent advice on particular situations, including divorce, school problems and stepparenting, he makes the often obnoxious manner in which teens communicate with their parents understandable as a rite of passage that they will eventually outgrow. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Author's Bio: 

This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Teenagers and Parentings. The Official Guide to Teenagers and Parenting is Sue Atkins.

I'm Sue Atkins and I am a Parent Coach, former Deputy Head and teacher of 22 years and author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies" one in the famous black and yellow series published worlwide. I'm a Mum of two great teenagers, a lover of people and fascinated by change in myself and others.

I like to encourage people to bring out and explore the best in themselves easily and effortlessly and to help them discover how to make themselves truly happy in their family relationships.I'm vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic and want to make a BIG difference in the world through helping parents give their kids the ultimate gift of ....self esteem.

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