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No Trouble

We Never Had Any Trouble Before: First Aid for Parents of Teenagers

Submitter: I found this 40 year old parenting advice book languishing on the shelf at my local public library. This is such an important topic, but you need to have current information about this. 1975 is just too old!

Holly: The section on hitchhiking (below) seems ridiculous. Do kids today even think about “seeing America” by hitchhiking from one end to the other? I doubt it. Sure, we need to tell kids that hitchhiking is not a good idea, but this makes it sound almost like the parents are overreacting and it’s not such a bad thing as long as kids are aware of the risks. I like the open dialogue method, but I wonder what else the author suggests compromising on. Was this how kids were raised in the 70s? Mary?

Mary: I will say that evils of hitchhiking were a common theme in most of our “safety” discussions at school. I am sure I saw more than one filmstrip on this topic in my youth. I like to think of parenting books as a quest for the Holy Grail. I think it is cruel to suggest parents can find answers to the insanity of parenting teens. We posted this back in the early days of ALB and I never got to see any interior pages or interior shots. It looks like Roger never wrote any  more books besides this one. I like to think he was probably killed by a teenager or an angry parent wanting their money back for the cost of the book. On a side note: Roger looks like Robert Redford’s body double for the movie Jeremiah Johnson. (God, I am old.)

More Parenting Advice:

Bad Parenting is Making Kids Gay

Smack Those Kids Into Shape

Loving Your Teenager

Parent Guide to Cults

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If your child is drinking…

If Your Child is Drinking…
What you can do to fight alcohol abuse at home, at school and in the community

I think the cover art says it all. You life is shattered! Get it?

Of course this information is outdated and so are the agencies in the referral. It probably goes without saying there aren’t any websites either…

This is a great example of a book way past a sell-by date. It isn’t necessarily bad (although the cover art is weird), there are better and more modern resources for patrons. Give me a reason to keep rather than a reason to weed.


More Substance Abuse:

Doobie Books in Kiddie Land

Don’t be a “square”! You can rap with the kids about the drug scene

Getting Groovy with Booze

Driving High

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Talking Sex to the Kids

How to tell your children about sex

In another throwback to the 50s, we have a book about talking to your kids about sex, aimed at Christian parents. It’s not the worst I’ve seen, but is seriously dated. The general advice is pretty sound: answer questions as they come up and don’t get fearful or defensive. This is probably pretty good advice for any question kids have.

Naturally, there is emphasis in staying within strict guidelines of acceptable behavior. Modesty, particularly for the girls, should be emphasized early and often. I can’t imagine too many modern parents getting upset at kids for pretty normal stuff like shedding clothes, discussion of genitalia, and toilet habits. If this guy ever showed up at my story time, he would see the occasional disrobing, kids showing me “big kid” underwear and lots of unladylike behavior. No big deal. It’s what toddlers and preschoolers do.

I would weed it in a heartbeat at my library, however it might have value in a university archive or library.  In the meantime, I thought this book was an interesting throwback to olden times. Read it for laughs and or for historical jollies, not for information.


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