Talking the Tough Stuff with Teens -
Fiona's second book for parents & carers
The story of the book
It’s not always easy to talk to your teenager, or for them to talk to you, but it is important,
and may even be life-saving. Following the success of ‘I Wish I’d Known’, Sheldon Press was keen to get Fiona writing another, and Fiona was already exploring ideas for a new book that concentrated on conversations, knowing how tricky these can often become for both parents and teenagers during these years of critical change.
‘Talking the Tough Stuff with Teens’ broadens the scope of Fiona’s first book beyond drugs to encompass all of those overlapping areas of awkwardness for parents and their teenagers. It aims to enable both parents and teenagers to communicate more constructively, collaboratively and positively about the issues that are most challenging in young lives, and can cause not only most tension and disruption within families, but also present highest risk to adolescents. The conversations both may prefer to avoid.
This book is full of the voices of teenagers, young adults and parents, drawing extensively on hundreds of conversations that Fiona has had with young people and parents in focus groups and school and college workshops, to give a framework for tackling the everyday stuff, as well as tough conversations about difficult things, without judgement or anger. It gives context and insight, based on the latest neuroscience findings on the teenage brain, and in the second part brings in the specialist voices of experts in each area of additional risk. Importantly, it gives hundreds of prompts and plenty of practical suggestions and strategies to make communication between parents and young people a two-way street that builds the foundations for a strong relationship with your adult child.
Fiona said, “My hope is that this will be a book that’s useful for every family, and across the generations, bringing insight, understanding and practical strategies so that conversations at home enable pre-teens and teens to live happily, healthily and safely, and grow into confident, independent adults – and ones that still enjoy conversations with their parents back at home.”
Alicia Drummond MBACP, CEO of Teen Tips, and author of ‘Why Every Teenager Needs a Parrot’(Let’s Talk Ltd. 2013)
Anita Cleare, co-founder of the Positive Parenting Project, and author of ‘The Work/Parent Switch’ (Vermillion, 2020)
Kelly Thorpe, Head of Helpline Services at PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Jenny Langley, Lead Facilitator at New Maudsley Carers Kent, co-author of ‘Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Skills-based Training Manual’ (Routledge, 2018) and ‘Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with Male Eating Disorders in the Family’ (Lucky Duck Books, 2006)
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