Navigating the high highs and the low lows of teenage years: The Teen Toolbox - book review - Susan HayesCulleton


#SavvyTeenAcademy cofounder Susan HayesCulleton devoured The Teen Toolbox over a week-end, but if you're the parent of a teenager, you might want to take your time to absorb the wealth of wisdom and practical tips that Cai Graham shares in her book.

Parents, but not only: aunties and uncles, godparents, grandparents, friends of parents, tutors, educators... If you have a teenager in your life, The Teen Toolbox has many vital answers you've been looking for.

The teenage years are a very intense phase in the life of a child.

Many adults find themselves at a loss to help their teenagers, or the teens in their wider family circle, find their way through the upheaval. Should you be stricter? Should you be more relaxed? Should you set firm boundaries? Is everything negotiable?

Most importantly: will the child be ok?


Watch Susan's Facebook Live to discover the three crucial messages from the book that resonated deeply with her:



How can parents "deal" with wayward or overly shy teenagers?

Cai Graham puts the responsibility squarely in the adults' camp, and her book caught Susan's attention for three main reasons: values, confidence and resilience. These three domains are extremely important core areas that we discuss at length in our workshops at #SavvyTeenAcademy.

It's also important to understand that people who don't have kids themselves, but have teenagers in their wider circle, can truly benefit from reading the book. That's because we can all be role models for teenagers looking for rules of conduct.


Teenager years

The importance of role models

Cai reiterates the point throughout the book: if you want a teenager to "be more" this or that, then you yourself need to exhibit the behaviour. As a direct result of reading the book, Susan is already thinking of ways to highlight this teaching in the next #SavvyTeenAcademy session.

Values, Confidence, Resilience - these themes underly a lot of the work we do at #SavvyTeenAcademy and underpin our focus on Careers, Communication and Confidence.


At #SavvyTeenAcademy our mission is to help your teenager feel calmer and more confident about their future.

Instead of stressing out about exams, teenagers can learn highly effective exam techniques and study skills to face exam stress with serenity.

Instead of doubting themselves and fearing they'll never find a job, teenagers will learn to uncover their own personal strengths and to dream big with a realistic plan of action for a fruitful career they love.

Instead of the frustration of feeling misunderstood, teenagers will practice the art of expressing themselves with poise and power.


Book your teenager's spot now.