Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting, and "Mom, Can I Have the Keys" Make You Miserable

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-18
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Most people go through mid-life crises when their kids are teenagers?

Author Biography

Joanne Kimes has written for a number of children's and comedy television shows. This is her eleventh Sucks book. She lives in Studio City, CA. R.J. Colleary attended Emerson College and moved to L.A. to become a writer for shows such as Saved by the Bell, The Golden Girls, and Benson. He teaches writing to graduate students at Chapman University and works steadily as a playwright. He has survived two teenagers and is currently surviving one more at home in Sherman Oaks, CA. Rebecca Rutledge, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in family therapy and individual therapy for children and adolescents. She writes columns for Your Health, Memphis Women's Journal, and the Shelby Sun Times, and lives in Memphis, TN.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Hormones: How the Simplest Creatures Become Criminally Insanep. 1
Taking Matters into His or Her Own Hands (AKA Masturbation)p. 2
Pornography: The ABCs of XXXp. 4
Atrocious Acnep. 6
The Teen Diet: Two Pizzas and a Bowl of Cerealp. 8
Waking Up at the Crack of Noonp. 11
A Boner-Fide Problemp. 13
Some Dry Humor about Wet Dreamsp. 15
Going with the Flow-Managing Menstruationp. 17
Bras: Lifting and Separating Fact from Fictionp. 20
Mars, Venus, & Teen Townp. 23
The Human ATMp. 25
In Teen We Trust ... NOT!p. 29
"Home, James"-Your Life as the Chauffeurp. 31
Picking Your Battles #1: When to Make Peacep. 33
Picking Your Battles #2: When to Go to Warp. 35
Understanding (and Surviving) Peer Pressurep. 38
You're Not Leaving the House Looking Like That!p. 43
The Teen Wardrobe/Disrobep. 44
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (You hope!)p. 46
Makeup or War Paint?p. 48
You Pierced What?p. 51
Tat's Ridiculous: Think Before You Inkp. 54
What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicatep. 59
The A-to-Zs of How to Talk So Your Teen Will Listenp. 60
The A-to-Zs of How to Listen So Your Teen Will Talkp. 65
And Now, a Message from Our Sponsorsp. 71
No Laughing Matter-Serious Teen Issuesp. 74
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag ... of House Rulesp. 79
Chores & Responsibilitiesp. 80
Monitoring the Monitor Part 1: Computersp. 84
Monitoring the Monitor Part 2: TV & Video Gamesp. 87
Cell Phone Culturep. 88
The Clash of the Curfewp. 90
Every Parent's Worst Nightmare: The Driver's License!p. 92
School Daze: How to Get Your Kids to Focus on Schoolp. 96
Privacy (AKA Snoop, Dog)p. 98
Relationships Between Drama Queens & Kingsp. 101
When Their Friendships Just Don't "Clique"p. 102
The Truth Hurts (So Teens Lie Instead)p. 104
Betrayalp. 106
With Friends Like Those, You Need a Bottle of Scotchp. 109
"Going Out with Someone"-What It Means Through the Agesp. 111
Chaperoning Your Dating Teenp. 114
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (And Even Harder on You)p. 116
Sex: From Hanging Out to Hooking Up!p. 119
The First Time: A Relatively True Storyp. 120
Talking the Talk: The Birds, the Bees, and Beyondp. 123
Defining Togethernessp. 126
Coed Sleepoversp. 129
Homosexuality: A Tricky Teenage Time Just Got Trickierp. 132
Special K and Other Drugs: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymorep. 135
Recreational Drugsp. 136
Drug Distinctionsp. 138
The "Other" Talkp. 139
Drug Problemsp. 140
Dealing with Drinkingp. 143
Putting Out the Fire and Curbing Cigarettesp. 145
Rebel Yellp. 149
The Beginning of the End ... or the End of the Beginningp. 150
Giving Up (Some) Control: A Modern Day Fablep. 153
Endgame: The Sky's the Limitp. 156
Reference Books to Complement Teenagers Suckp. 159
Indexp. 162
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