Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager

Voorkant
Seal Press, 2004 - 257 pagina's
This long-overdue, witty, and revealing book on living life with teenagers begins with the premise that adolescence, as we know it, is nothing but a social construction. ?Even your most aristocratic ancestors,” Gore writes, ?never knew these long seasons of middle school and orthodontia, Ritalin and yo-yo diets, standardized tests and summer vacations, call-waiting and CD Walkmans, football practice and study abroad programs, learner's permits and college choices.” Much of what parents fear about their kids reaching their teens, she notes, stems from popular culture, media scare tactics, and parents' own dubious, sometimes painful experiences. Instead of fear and ultimatums, Gore offers a map for navigating the inevitable changes that come with kids growing older?wanting more freedom, peer-influenced decision-making, burgeoning sexual selves?and confronting the life changes moms and dads, who were ?cool” themselves only yesterday, face as their parenting responsibilities and identities shift. Whatever, Mom is the only teen guidebook to include the opinions of teens themselves, including chapter-by-chapter rebuttals by Gore's daughter, Maia.

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“This was a little too hip for me. Somehow astrology has never entered into my parenting philosophy. The basic message of this book was good, but I can't say that I learned anything new. Teens aren't ... Volledige review lezen

Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama's Guide to Raising a Teenager

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Much less theoretical than Apter, but just as teen-sympathetic, writer and activist Gore (The Mother Trip; The Hip Mama Survival Guide) tackles adolescence with more buoyancy. That is not to say that ... Volledige review lezen

Over de auteur (2004)

Born on the Monterey Peninsula and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ariel Gore spent the years she was supposed to be in high school as an international bag lady traveling through Asia and Europe and returned to California at age 19, baby in tow. Following her misspent youth, she graduated from Mills College and earned a master's degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.
In 1993, she founded "Hip Mama", an award-winning parenting zine covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Widely credited with launching maternal feminism, the New Yorker said, "It's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart."


Ariel's parenting books have been called "delightful" (Glamour), "Terrific and important" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "revolutionary" (The Seattle Times). Her memoir was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her novel was featured on MTV and was praised by the Los Angeles Times as "Beguiling" and highly recommended by Library Journal.


Ariel's essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals including the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Salon, Parenting, and Utne, as well as in anthologies including Wild Child (Seal Press, 1999), the American Book Award-winning Mothers Who Think (Washington Square Press, 2000), Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation (Seal Press, 2001), Because I Said So (HarperCollins, 2005), Lost On Purpose (Seal press, 2005), and Portland Noir (Akashic Books, 2009).

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