Why Won't My Teenager Talk to Me?  book cover
2nd Edition

Why Won't My Teenager Talk to Me?

ISBN 9781138560475
Published September 17, 2018 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

Do you wish your son or daughter would tell you more about what is happening in their life, and that they would open up to you more often? Are you worried about them as they seem to be spending more and more time in their bedroom and on their smart phone? The teenage years can be a time of concern and worry for parents and carers from all backgrounds. However, Why Won’t My Teenager Talk to Me? offers the parent and care-giver insightful and practical advice, as to how to encourage positive and respectful two-way communication between you and your teenager.

The new edition of this essential book offers a positive way of thinking about the teenage years. So much has changed in the last five years since the book first appeared. Our knowledge of the human brain has increased, and this new edition includes a whole chapter devoted to the changing teenage brain.

Table of Contents

Part 1  1. The teenage years  2. The changing brain  3. The STAGE framework  4. S - The Significance of parents and carers  5. T - Two-way communication  6. A - Authority  7. G - The Generation gap  8. E - Emotion  Part 2  9. Teenagers and health  10. Sex and gender  11. Friends and the peer group  12. The digital world  13. Divorce and the changing family  14. Risk-taking and challenging behaviour  15. Conclusion: how parents can make use of the STAGE framework

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Dr John Coleman trained as a clinical psychologist, and was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the Founder of a research centre studying adolescents and their families, and during his career he has also run a special school for troubled teenagers and worked as a policy advisor for Government. In addition to running workshops for parents of teenagers, he has created two series for TV, and written books and developed videos on the adolescent years. John’s pioneering work has been widely recognised, and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2001 he was awarded an OBE for services to young people.


‘This book merges the voices of parents and teenagers with Dr Colemans's authoritative, well-defined framework, offering practical information and advice for parents of today’s teenagers.’ Janey Downshire, Teenagers Translated, UK

‘John writes in a generous, practical and informed manner about difficult subject areas. He provides a frames work ‘STAGE’ for reflection and reference, but most of all an open-minded approach to get the most out parenting during the teenage years – he even allows us to consider that this can be a wonderful and not terrible experience because he talks to both parents and teenagers themselves.’ Jez Todd, CEO of Family Lives, UK

‘In today’s pressured and competitive world, it seems that parents have much to worry about and too little sensible guidance. Parents are full of questions, for their experiences are new to them and, in the case of the fast-changing digital world, new to everyone. John Coleman’s years of expertise, sound research and sympathetic vision allows him to offer wise yet practical answers in a lively, accessible and thoroughly up-to-date manner.’ Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

‘This book is essential reading for anyone with a teenager. Fostering and maintaining good communication with a teenager can feel impossible – conversations end up turning into arguments and everyone starts to feel worried or upset. This book gives parents the insights they need to keep family communication channels open. It’s insightful and practical and should be on every parent’s bookshelf.’ Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO of Parent Zone, UK

‘This is the book that every parent of a teenager should have on their bedside table. Read it through, dip in and out – it contains so much that can help you. Coleman combines wisdom and sympathy with practicality and facts. He gives tips and suggestions on how to talk to your teenagers, and how to listen. But far more important, he gives you insight into why your teenagers act and feel the way they do and dissects the increasing pressures they come under in today’s world. This new edition contains the latest research on the teenage brain.’ Suzie Hayman, Agony Aunt for Woman Magazine and Trsutee of the charity Family Lives