We imagine the teenage years as a sort of domestic meteor strike: when our dear, sweet child, hitherto so trusting and innocent, is suddenly replaced by a sarcastic know-all who cruelly disregards the important wisdom we have to pass on. But with her characteristic unflinching honesty and bracing wit, Stephanie Calman debunks that myth.
Stephanie takes a fresh look at the whole process of the teenage years and finds that her teenagers are frequently thinking and feeling the same thing as she is: that the other person has all the power and basically hates them.
And having nurtured them through every stage of development, from walking to school by themselves to their first hangover, she finds herself dreading the separation – feeling bereaved even – as they skip off to university without a second glance.
Stephanie will be talking to her husband Peter Grimsdale about her new book and how to navigate the teenage years.
Stephanie Calman is the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the bestselling Confessions of a Bad Mother. She has appeared on many TV shoes including Have I Got News For You, and has written for the Daily Telegraph, Observer Guardian, and more.
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