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Growing pains

Home-Made Kids: a journey through adolescence
By Peter Gilchrist
Troubador Publishing pound;9.99

At first, this looks like a canter through the familiar growing-up problems - divorce and children, unsupervised holidays, drugs, sex. But the author knows well that many parents need to be told straightforward things in plain language: "The vast majority of youngsters will have their first exposure to drugs before their twelfth birthday. Training in drug awareness needs to begin remarkably young."

Then there are the insights that you might not have thought of - that the children of single parents can have enriching experiences as well as those that may damage them.

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