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Stupid Parents: Why They Just Don't Understand and How You Can Help Paperback – September 1, 2006

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Why are parents so clueless?

If you've ever yelled at your parents, walked out on them, or said, "My parents are so stupid!" then you've come to the right place. Believe it or not, parents aren't perfect. They get tired, they get grumpy, and sometimes they dress funny. But they care about you! So even if you can't have the ideal family, Stupid Parents will make your family life better.

Check out how you can:

stop the nagging
deal with overprotective parents
rebuild trust after you've screwed up
and even get them to say yes!

It can be done. You can learn how to get your parents to "get" you. If you want to change things at home, then don't miss this book!

Hayley DiMarco is chief creative officer and founder of Hungry Planet, where she writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set. She has written and co-written numerous bestselling books including Dateable, Mean Girls, and Sexy Girls. Hayley lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

About the Author

Hayley DiMarco is chief creative officer and founder of Hungry Planet, where she writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set. She has written and co-written numerous best-selling books for both teens and adults, including Dateable, Mean Girls, and Marriable. Hayley has also spoken at conferences like Women of Faith. She and her husband, Michael, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800731514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800731519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Kalnbach on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I used this book as an eight week study for our youth. They loved it. It was enlightening, and also very practical. DiMarco has a good idea of what today's teenagers desperately need, authentic, available adults, and she has tapped into how young people can better understand them. I appreciate her discussions about parents that are really "stupid." She doesn't assume that every young person has two responsible, caring parents at home. She realizes that a good number of them have maybe one parent, and that one is a wreck. I'm glad that she had something for those young people as well.
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Written in a warm, funny, engaging style "Stupid Parents" is NOT an attack on moms, dads, or anyone raising a teen. Instead, it's more like a field guide to parents --- how to identify the different types, and how to treat them wisely.

DiMarco has a great way of connecting with teen readers. For one thing, she writes about topics that have their immediate interest. For another, she doesn't preach or "talk down" to teens --- it's more like she's meeting her teen readers for coffee at a local Starbucks.

This excellent little book should help teen readers learn how to communicate better with their parents, and how to gain the trust, respect and thus partnership of their mom and dad.

In the early 1980's we spoke at youth camps, doing a popular seminar called "How to Train Your Parents." Author DiMarco is too young to have been there, heard that --- but she's taken some of the same basic ideas, improved them, and published this book. VERY WELL DONE.

Great reading for your teen --- don't be turned off by the title.

Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Authors of: Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent
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Be advised that this book is written for students and speaks to real life for them. Parents might have their feelings hurt, but most will recognize the author's good connection with her intended readers. I also used it with my youth group over a series of weeks and they get it. I would compare this work to a modern, teen focused "Win Friends and Influence People." The new companion book for parents (Not So Stupid Parents) ought to be a great addition for getting both "sides" on the same, healthy, communicative page.
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