Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?

A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager

Wolf, Anthony E.

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?
Presents advice on raising adolescents, covering communication, trust, control, conflict, and such issues as divorce, school, the Internet, sex, drugs and drinking, and suicide.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002
Edition: Rev. and updated, 1st rev. ed
ISBN: 0374528535
Branch Call Number: 306.874 W853g 2002
Characteristics: xxii, 212 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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Cutesy title, solid parenting advice.

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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GH 350 W 2002

Jan 12, 2012
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Wow! I have rarely seen such inept advice in my long reading career! Wolf's book can be divided into two aspects: the descriptive in which he does a good job of analyzing and describing behaviours, giving insight into common situations; and the prescriptive in which he gives some of the most terrible advice I've come across. The lack of originality in his approach is stunning: under the topic of nagging, he concludes "you are stuck with nagging"; under the topic of procrastination, he recommends nagging until the teen gets up and concludes "it is the only way".
The chapter under sexual education is ridiculous (no, Dr Wolf, many STDs besides AIDS are not fully curable and can be caught without even actual intercourse) and I just about fell off my chair when I read about drugs that "the street wisdom" of peers (...) is not to be scoffed at. It can be wrong but at times its information can be more accurate than the adult view." Personally, I'd rather have my teen get her information from a valid source...
There is no discussion of coaching, negotiation, distancing or little tricks like writing notes and letters to keep the lines of communication open... it's a glib little book full of useless pat advice with tongue-in-cheek dialogue - none of which is helpful since it's all negative.
This is a no go - there are so many other sources that so much better!

Dec 27, 2011
  • 8217549 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very funny and very true.

Jun 17, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great insight into why teenagers do what they do.

Jan 26, 2009
  • gailygirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the funniest and most encouraging parenting books I have ever read. Makes you feel good about your own parenting - and that you are not alone!


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Jun 17, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This is a very honest book, and the language used in demonstration is often very frank.


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