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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890877491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890877494
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Riera is the high school counselor many of us wish we'd had: he's smart, non-judgmental, and respectful of kids. This excellent book is chock full o' advice for parents that sometimes goes against the established grain but makes utter sense. For example, don't give advice even when asked, embrace estrangement (it's part of your teenager's development), and take a demotion and move from "manager" to "consultant." Uncommon Sense is an excellent book for any parent of an older child or teenager.

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have purchased and read many of the books out there on raising teenagers. Many of them promise a lot, but deliver very little, so I buy another and another. This book covers it all. The author knows what parents want, but also gets inside the heads of our teenagers and explains what they want, and more importantly, how they perceive our rules, desires, and opinions of them. It took away some of the fear I had about going through this phase of life as a parent. It allowed me to more clearly understand exactly what my son was trying to say, even when he didn't use the exact words I would have expected. Consequently, our discussions have been much more fruitful. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Ridlon on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Most of us spend our entire adult life trying to figure out our own childhood, so it's no wonder that raising a child can seem confusing, challenging and at times scary. This book saved me. It taught me (or at least reminded me) that all teenagers go through enormous physical, psychological and social change in the high school years. While the specific behaviors will vary from child to child, there is a common thread running through it all -- and it makes sense. This book reassured me that my child wasn't abnormal, that I was right in being confused and sometimes appalled by their behavior. And it let me take a step back and not take it so personally. After reading this book, I bought a dozen copies to give to friends and business associates who were struggling with teenagers (or soon would be). Read this and both you and your child will benefit.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J. Archipley (jtarchi@pacbell.net) on November 20, 1999
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From a teenager who has read more than his fair share of parenting books, this one tops them off. On average, this book covers exactly what these types of books should. It doesn't just tell the parent to "talk more" with their teenager, it actually goes in depth about how the teenager thinks and feels. And, for the first time in my experience, it actually gets close! If you have teens, you should have this book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
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This book has helped me make a 180 degree shift in how I view my teenager and my role as parent. In the past, when in a conflict with my son, I would react in frustration. Now, I'm able to look at him as a human on the winding, uneven path to becoming a mature adult. Instead of feeling frustrated, and thus reacting in an angry unproductive way, I find I want to help him learn to be an adult. He doesn't always like what I do to 'help' him, but he will someday...
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By chico sweet on October 31, 1999
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If you want to read a book htat will really help you to relate to your teens this is the one. I am the co-author of the Chicken Soup for Teens series and author of TEEN LOVE and I know teens very well. This is the first time I have read a book for parents that has advice that will actually work..it will do more. It will make the relationship a good one. This is a must buy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mymarywoo@aol.com on December 2, 1998
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I'm a teenager and I heard about this book on Oprah. I couldn't beleive the logic of it--it was so right on target and logical. EVERY parent should read this book for understanding and a new, sensable(but different) outlook. It introduces topics like let them leave their room messy. Many parents won't agree, but that's okay, but, at least, for your child's sake. read the book.
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