Abdul Hannan Tago
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Last Update 18 July 2012 6:01 pm
Youth is a precious time that should be safeguarded at all times; it is not inherited wealth that can be squandered at one’s will. A new book “Secret of Teenagers” by Farah Muhammad analyzes this issue in-depth based on scientific studies and personal experience.
The writer is young herself and her observation of society is comprehensive.
“Some parents are of the view that amassing wealth and providing all comforts alone are sufficient for their children to do well in life. But if your child is not understood properly, it would be an exercise in futility,” said Muhammad.
A quick reading of the Secret of Teenagers shows that it is a precious piece of work that should be read by all teenagers, parents and teachers alike rather than treating it like a treasure adorning the shelves of libraries and personal collections.
According to the author, it is no secret that most teenagers ponder over the best ways to seek happiness but eventually get misguided. Often they feel depressed and dejected and start getting involved in drugs and other vices.
Secret of Teenagers is a guide to those teens who seek redress. It helps one to understand who a teenager is, the blessings and drawbacks of teenage life, and educates and guides to overcome the pitfalls of an adolescent life. In her quest to find the secret of teenagers, Muhammad met with a number of professionals in various fields: doctors and internists, psychologists, school principals, university lecturers and even a captain in the Royal Guard, and sought their opinions about teenagers.
She has taken great pains to delve into every aspect of teenage life and their intricate problems: Physical and mental development, education and school environment, moral and spiritual development, difficulties and disabilities; nutrition, sexuality, attitudes, time, money and happiness.
The author’s approach to the subject is very scientific, precise and methodical. She brings out various theories put forward by eminent scientists, such as, Piaget, Erikson and Kohlberg. This not only adds authenticity to her work, but also makes it a tower of strength.
She has even delved into religion, drawing on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Bible, to help teenagers solve their problems. Furthermore, she touches on subjects like ambition, self-confidence, creative thought, self-monitoring, concentration, failure, tolerance, learning, motivation and attitudes.
The writer has also included a chapter on yoga, meditation and prayer and compares the advantages of such practices. In the last chapter, “Sum up Comments,” we find a significant piece of writing for parents who cannot understand their teenage sons and daughters. Muhammad observes: “It is imperative that parents understand their teenage children and guide them through a turbulent period so that they will grow up to be responsible citizens one day.” The author has compiled the relevant information in an organized way with enough pictures and tabulation to attract the reader's attention and make it easy to follow. The focus of this book, among other things, is on optimistic thinking, which is intended to avoid negative situations and keep the youth healthy and on the right track. The publication discusses teen issues, such as, friendship and relationships, school work and self-image. It helps teens transform their lives and inspire them to bring joy and harmony in all aspects of their lives.
Though the book is about teenagers, it discusses a variety of other subjects and issues as well. The facts, figures and ideas presented in the book make for an enjoyable read.
How exactly the author wants her readers to perceive the book is up in the air. However, her confident self and the new style of presentation through images and illustrations are sure to attract many readers
The aim of the book is to train the reader to enjoy living his or her life by practising various self-development and interpersonal skills. What is so compelling and inspiring about the book is that, in order to highlight the benefits of using social skills, the author draws from the lives of experienced people.
Secret of Teenagers is both a practical and systematic guide to self-improvement and a collection of wisdom and knowledge. It increases self-awareness, whilst nurturing the soul and strengthening the spirit. All in all, the author has done a splendid job through this seminal work, which delves into problems encountered by teenagers and their causes and explores solutions to them.
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