Sometimes timing is the most important element in a situation. I am thrilled that I came across The Adolescent Owner’s Manual exactly when I did because, as a Guardian Ad Litem, I am involved in a case where lying was a major factor in preventing us from moving forward. Adults were having a difficult time with this, because it was in the client’s best interest to tell the truth¸ but that seemed impossible. Having read Dawson’s explanations of why kids lie, and how natural it is for them, gave me a better understanding of the situation and removed a stumbling block.
The Adolescent Owner’s Manual is a thin volume that is crammed with useful information for anyone (parents, teachers, guardians, counselors, etc.) who lives or deals with adolescents. It is practical information that is not easily found in Child Psych or Abnormal Psych texts, but is a superb introduction to problems with kids and kids with problems. It does exactly what a guide should do — points the reader in the right direction.
Bottom Line: Would I buy The Adolescent Owner’s Manual? Yes. It has earned a permanent place in my library.