How can I understand my kids?
Bridging the generation gap
Short answer: you can’t.
I have decided that one of the most popular subsets of parenting books is the understanding/I want to kill my teenager books. Parenting books are kind of a Hail Mary for surviving the drama of teens. Every generation goes through this. The themes are similar: kids don’t listen to parents and all their abundant advice/demands/standards. Kids complain that parents are basically clueless. Both sides are correct. Can this be solved with some scripture and this book? I doubt it.
Although a Christian themed book, it wasn’t overly judgmental and it did put much of the burden of communication on the parents. The examples are interesting, but again, assume white, upwardly mobile families with lots of resources and choices. How can they be real problems if you have resources and choices?
In other news, this book is in lousy shape. It probably should have been weeded decades ago. I am not even sure of the cover or color. Yes, that is the real cover of my copy. I can’t tell if that was mostly damage or an artistic choice. My money is on a combination of both.