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As adults and as parents, we can do a great deal to manage the impact of adolescence which can be a confusing, challenging and a wonderfully creative and energetic time in a person’s life.
Standing firm and holding onto one’s values in the face of bombardment from adolescents, who in turn are facing their own pressures of identity and self doubt, requires a clear head and a sense of humour. A sense of humour after all gives us a sense of proportion.
Thoughtful – not perfect – parents can create thoughtful adolescents and in turn thoughtful, responsible adults who are well integrated in society.
One conclusion the authors arrive at in the work they do is that parents often need more guidance than the adolescents themselves, and these two authors offer that guidance in The Adolescent Storm.