Self-harm and suicidal tendencies have been on the rise in adolescents and it is proving to be a major cause of concern for parents. The lack of communication between adolescents and their parents is proving to be harmful.
In his book ‘It’s high time we talk’, Dr Amol Annadate who is a paediatrician and writer has addressed this issue in an innovative manner.
The book not only talks about the eminent problems identified in adolescents such as mobile addiction and opposite to emotion behaviour but also explains sensitive issues like sex, sexuality, masturbation, and homosexuality. The book is set to be released on September 26th.
While talking about the book Dr Amol Annadate said, “I realised that adolescent kids need someone whom they can trust, someone they can rely on, someone who can understand them without judging them. Each chapter of the book talks about a problem faced by the adolescents. Through my book, I have explored different ways of effective communication between parents and kids.”
Sometimes adolescent boys and girls find it difficult and rather awkward to say or ask certain things, face to face with their parents. According to Dr Annadate, this book will serve as a guide to them. Also, this book attempts to show a way forward and it can also help or change the way how parents can establish effective communication with their children in this age group.
Dr Annadate has attempted to achieve this through the medium of letters between adolescent boys and girls and their parents.
“Parents and children should read this book together. Any chapter can be opened and read out loudly,” said Dr Annadate.
While explaining why he chose the letter communication format for his book Dr Annadate said “My inspiration was Mahatma Gandhi had written a letter to his father confessing his guilt of eating non-veg. His father had also forgiven him through a letter. The whole communication happened through this mode of communication. It’s true that letters are not written these days. Text and WhatsApp messages are an advanced version of the letters. It eases the communication process.”
‘It’s high time we talk’ is an English translation of Dr Annadate’s Marathi book titled ‘Kadhi Tari He Bolaylach Have’. The Marathi book was published 4 years ago and already has crossed the mark of 25 editions.
“I received tremendous response for Marathi book. After that, I realised that the adolescent-related issues are not just limited to Maharashtra. They are almost the same everywhere in the world. So I decided to come up with an English version,” informed Dr Annadate.