The Teen Interpreter
A Guide to the Challenges and Joys of Raising Adolescents
by Terri Apter
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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2022
An insightful, revealing, and practical guide to adolescents’ inner world, from a renowned psychologist.
Once children hit adolescence, it seems as if overnight “I love you” becomes “leave me alone,” and any question from a parent can be dismissed with one word: “fine.” But while they may not show it, teens benefit from their parents’ curiosity, delight, and connection.
In The Teen Interpreter, psychologist Terri Apter looks inside teens’ minds—minds that are experiencing powerful new emotions and awareness of the world around them—to show how parents can revitalize their relationship. She illuminates the rapid neurological developments of a teen’s brain, explains the power of teenage friendships, and explores the positives and pitfalls of social media. With perceptive conversation exercises that synthesize research from more than thirty years in the field, Apter illustrates how teens signal their changing needs and identities—and how parents can interpret these signals and see the world through their teen’s eyes. The Teen Interpreter is a generous roadmap for enjoying the most challenging, and rewarding, parenting years.
About the Author: Terri Apter is a writer, psychologist, and retired Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her nine books include The Sister Knot and What Do You Want from Me?
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Average rating from 3 members
Such a detailed book packed full of research, stats and extracts from interviews and conversations with parents and teens. There is such a lot in the book with each chapter looking at specific issues from what can appear quite light to some really deep conversation about social media, panic attacks and bullying. The book deserves a few re-reads to take it in properly, it is a reference manual and brings with it several ‘well of course’ moments as you realise you have been just the opposite with your teen!