Postcards from planet teenager

Everyone has heard how tricky the adolescent years can be. When your little angel moves to planet teenager, you need to be prepared for mood swings, arguments and absurdly risky behavior. Add alcohol, sex, peer pressure, then throw in a dash of menopause, unhealthy work commitments and the occasional family drama and you’ve got a pretty volatile cocktail.

I’m brand new to all this. My son has just hit the teenage years, so I’m desperate to find out all about it – researching stories and advice on the net and asking all my friends how they handle things.

There is such a wealth of information out there – it’s just a matter of harnessing it and making use out of it. So, that’s what I’ve decided to do. With some like-minded friends we’re creating a hub for parents of teenagers – with ideas and suggestions that we hope will help readers emerge from this challenging period with a sense of optimism and accomplishment.

We’ll have everything from planning an unforgettable family holiday to expert advice on adolescent sports injuries. We’ll even share the secret to removing those pesky grass stains from the cricket whites.

Whatever! is also a venue for sharing experiences. It’s a virtual café, if you like – a place to meet up with other parents of teenagers without the temptation of thousand-calorie-a-mouthful chocolate treats. We can’t promise a silver bullet, but we hope readers will find information that’s useful and fun.

Check it out here. I hope you enjoy it.


Published by Julie Fison

Julie (J.E.) Fison writes for children, teens and adults. Her books include the 'Hazard River' adventure series, stories in the 'Choose Your Own Ever After' series for readers who like to decide where the story goes, as well as a play for high school students called 'As the Crow Flies'. Julie visits schools and festivals to talk about her writing and is a regular guest on ABC Radio Brisbane.

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