I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers

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Faith Conlon, Gail E. Hudson
Da Capo Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 285 pages
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"Comforting a colicky baby sounds like a cakewalk in comparison to the tales in these essays. As Anna Quindlen puts it: ""Those of you waiting for your babies to sleep through the night will be amazed at how quickly they come to sleep through the afternoon after a night out."" Typical parental woes regarding teenage rebellionmood swings, drugs, drinking, sex, and Marilyn Manson concerts--are all included. Editors Conlon and Hudson chose to include several humorous pieces, most notably the one from Dave Barry, who chronicles his son's madcap solo trip to Europe. Despite Barry's hounding and reminders, the teen promptly lost his passportduring the flight to Frankfurt. But the humor serves to temper the most pervasive emotion in the collectionreluctanceas moms and dads bittersweetly watch, mostly helplessly, as their kids struggle to grow up and find their identities and independence. Any parent who's tired of being called ""inadequate, clueless, or simply annoying"" will find comfort hearing about the travails of these moms and dads. "

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

At times hilarious, at times heart-wrenching, these true tales from parenting's most rocky stretch were a relief to read. Some of the essays were brilliant, some not well written but still immediate and ringing true. Read full review

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User Review  - whitreidtan - LibraryThing

I found this one sitting in my stacks and added it to one of my challenge lists with the thinking that I have a child racing towards the teen years so I should start reading along and preparing myself ... Read full review

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