Love in the Time of Contempt : Consolations for Parents of Teenagers - Joanne Fedler

Love in the Time of Contempt

Consolations for Parents of Teenagers

By: Joanne Fedler

Paperback | 1 February 2015 | Edition Number 1

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Growing up is hard.
There's the mood swings...
the identity crisis...
wondering what the future holds...
No-one told us growing up would be so tough...
but our teenagers need us to so they know how.

Joanne Fedler offers guidance for parents in what can be a very trying and difficult time : your child's transition into adulthood. Unlike the other books available on the subject that come from a scientific perspective, Love in a Time of Contempt is a informal, comforting counsel for parents: full of first hand experience penned by a mother of two teenagers. It also speaks to an existing market: speakers and courses on the subject, offered by secondary schools, are high in attendance.

When it comes to teenagers, truth is way scarier than fiction. Joanne Fedler draws upon her own current experiences as the parent of two teenagers, as well as interviews with other parents of teenagers to explore some of the numerous issues that one confronts as a parent of a teenager. In Love in the Time of Contempt, she skilfully guides us through the myriad of issues that come before you - from their changing, developing bodies, drinking and drugs, sex, friendships, appearance, relationships within the family, attitudes and ethics, schooling and authority and more.

In her exploration of these issues and how they may manifest in our children, Joanne highlights how so much of our dealings with our teenagers is really about dealing with ourselves and being honest about our reactions. In turn we too examine our own values and behaviours to understand our lives together.

Love in the Time of Contempt provides comfort and support as the reader recognises the real behaviours portrayed in the book (You are not alone!), and whilst there are not often easy answers to troubling behaviours, understanding goes a long way and empowers the parent to provide the right level of support in the best interests of all. How much and how little are questions which plague every parent and this book's wise counsel helps us to determine that for themselves.

'This is a book about how it feels to be the parent of someone sprouting hair, tits and attitude all over the place. It's a tussled, frazzled and complex business to remain mature while supporting someone to become an adult. At the very least, it raises the question of whether we have, in fact, done enough growing up ourselves.'

About the Author

Joanne Fedler graduated from Yale with a Masters of Law and is an ex women's rights advocate and law lecturer. She is particularly proud of the fact that she was once named Asshole of the Month by Hustler magazine for her work against violence pornography. Joanne is now a published author, journalist, inspirational speaker and writing mentor. She was born in South Africa and now lives in Sydney with her husband Zed, two teenagers and two cats.

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