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Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy!: A Teen Survival Guide Paperback – June 21, 2004
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The book is divided into three parts:
1) You Right Now (body, brain, psychological development and craziness)
2) Your World (culture, parents, family, peers, school)
3) Your Day to Day Life (made up of 30 topics in alphabetical order from aggression and appearance to working.)
The way I see it, if you or a kid you know can get a bit of help from reading any part of the book, it's worth its weight in gold (like what to say when a kid is getting pressured to do something she doesn't want to). When my kids were little, I got a parenting tip to have a home rich with resources. I still try to keep it that way because you never know what they'll pick up and get into. This book is going to stay on my shelf as a resource for me my kids. Recommended!
Edit, seven months later: Yes! As I hoped, the book has been discreetly picked up and read in sections that are relevant. :-)
The reason for the title "Yes, your parents are crazy" is that Dr. Bradley uses stories of seemingly extreme and irrational behavior on the part of parents in dealing with some common teenage situations to explain that it (usually) comes from concern about what teens get exposed to and what it could cause them to do with their lives. He also tells teens that since parents are in a state of high emotion during a divorce, some of the "fallout" falls on them: that doesn't mean the parents don't love them but are so absorbed with their own concerns they don't think about how their actions affect others. A lesson to all of us. This book is as useful as or better than a lot of counselling. I recommend it for teens who do not have access to counselling or mental health services.
He also gives some tips to teens on how to communicate more effectively with their parents and negotiate with them towards increasing freedom and privilages. Bradley tells teens not to lie to their parents, but to make an effort to explain their actions fully and try to prove themselves responsible and trustworthy (unfortunately this did not work with my mother, whom I suspect truly _is_ crazy: I wish I knew what did).
There are lots of books to choose from; I'm glad I chose this one. Its predecessor was recommended by my women's health practitioner, and I chose this one instead because I thought the other title, "Yes your teen is crazy," would alienate my daughter if she saw it, whereas this title made her immediately own the book.
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I had foster children read this and they thought it was great!Published 11 months ago by Dani Kirchner
Not a single review from a teen...this tells me that the parents liked it more than their kids - therefore I will not purchase. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Norah Castillo
Wish I had read this book when I was a teenager. After raising my own teenagers, this book seems pretty true.Published 20 months ago by reader
I got this as a gift and have not really read it. Sorry about this. You need a category for people who purchase books as gifts.Published on December 22, 2013 by elaine trott
great read for teenagers! michael j bradley also wrote a book for parents called "yes, your teen is crazy". i highly recommend both.Published on November 20, 2013 by Dee Poole
Handed this book to my tween last night and the cover cartoon made her laugh. She immediately opened the book, reviewed all the chapter titles, and went straight into the "School"... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by ShrewdShopper