This book appeals to me…well, because I need all the help I can get with surviving my daughters’ teen-age years. AGONY is a perfect word some days and I bet if you asked them (I’ve got two) they’d say that same word is spot-on for dealing with “Mom.”
the AGONY and the AGONY is a practical guide offering sympathy, advice, and a few laughs to get parents through the seemingly impossible adolescent-rearing years. Betty Londergan provides sound strategies to common conflicts between parents and teens: a) How to talk to teenagers about issues, especially what NOT to say; b) Teen privacy—when it’s okay to snoop; and c) The different strategies for parenting “emotional” girls and “rebellious and withdrawn” boys.
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Interview with Betty Londergan
Carrie: What inspired you to write the AGONY and the AGONY?
Betty: My adorable, agonizing teenagers.
Carrie:Tell us about the AGONY and the AGONY.
Betty: My focus is on what a parent goes through in a child’s adolescence – namely a process of bewilderment and loss. So I’ve borrowed the famous five stages of grief to describe the parents’ journey: through Denial (12-13), Anger (14-15), Depression (12-18), Bargaining (16 -17) and Acceptance (18 up, I hope).
Carrie: What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from the AGONY and the AGONY?
Betty: That you will live through this, that it’s normal to feel enraged/insane for a good part of your kid’s adolescence, that your kid probably will grow up to be just fine, and will eventually even like you again.
Carrie: What is your favorite part of the book? Why?
Betty: The part where I achieve Acceptance, for obvious reasons.
Carrie: Who are your favorite authors and who influenced your writing?
Betty: William Styron, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Alice Munro….but I can’t say they influenced my writing. That would be too cruel to them.
Carrie: Can you offer a glimpse into your “real life” and share with us a bit of your personal life—Outside of writing, what’s important to you (i.e., hobbies, passions, causes, family)?
Betty: I am obsessed with politics right now (go Obama!!!), I take dance classes and play tennis and love to garden, I do freelance advertising and I am trying very hard to butt out of my teenagers’ lives while still staying connected, which is a very big challenge.
Carrie: Tell us something surprising about you and/or something very few people know about you.
Betty: I am the First Lady of Oglethorpe University, I have seven brothers and sisters, and I adore candy corn.
Carrie: Will you share one of your biggest struggles and/or successes (professional/personal) and what you’ve learned?
Betty: I wrote a book …actually, two…which I never ever thought I would do. What I learned from doing so is that getting published is simultaneously one of the most personally rewarding and financially embarrassing experiences imaginable.
Carrie: Who is your biggest fan?
Betty: My husband….and my four sisters.
Carrie: What was the best advice you’ve ever received—do you follow it?
Betty: Don’t sweat the small stuff….unfortunately, I don’t follow it in any way.
Carrie: What is your favorite literary turn-of-phrase / quote / word picture?
Betty: Comedy is tragedy with time.
Carrie: What did you learn about yourself while writing this book that you may not have expected?
Betty: That I have actually have something to say – although whether anybody wants to hear what I have to say is open to debate.
Carrie: What’s next for you ~ Anything else you’d like to offer?
Betty: Maybe I’ll write a novel, if i can screw up the courage. Or maybe I’ll join the Peace Corps and move to Africa after my daughter goes to college next year.
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Beach or Mountains? Yes
Stilettos or Sensible Shoes? Yes
With you on a Desert Island? My husband
“Black or White” OR Gray? Depends on the subject
Compact, Convertible or Luxury Car? Scooter
- Betty also wrote, I’m too Sexy for my Volvo, a comedic memoir / mom’s guide to staying fabulous
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