- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 3 edition (August 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607743469
- ISBN-13: 978-1607743460
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers, Third Edition Paperback – August 14, 2012
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"This book offers a wealth of down-to-earth and practical advice. No detached academic author here! Dr. Riera is in the trenches with lots of hands-on experience to pass on to frustrated parents and teens alike."
—Dr. Dean Edell
About the Author
MICHAEL RIERA, PhD, is the author of four other books for parents and teens. The former family counselor for CBS's Saturday Morning Early Show, Riera is also an award-winning columnist, educator and national speaker. He has appeared on Oprah, 48 Hours, The Today Show, The View, and NPR radio, and is currently head of the Brentwood School in Los Angeles.
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Nothing I have ever read explains teen thinking like this book does. My daughter is 29 and has reached the age where they like to reminisce about "things they got away with." She was the one who was surprised about how much I knew. Thanks to this book, I was able to keep my cool during her teenage years, thus avoiding so many problems. I feel our relationship is stronger because of the advice in this book.
I always tell parents they must read this book to stay one step ahead and this will definitely help. I have just purchased this book again to give to another entering this volatile period of parenting.
Dr. Riera writes as if you were sitting across from him in his office. His style pinpoints many of the common issues that cause conflicts between teens and their parents. What makes this book stand out is that he also explains the scientific basis for why your teen behaves as if he was from another planet (its because the rational part of his brain is not fully developed). Sounds like simple enough information, but it is so good to remember when your teen acts like an alien (Sometimes I swear I am going to see three heads and antennas pop out!)
This book has been a lifesaver. Instead of constant, cylical battles of words, I can step back and say, "not now." It may drive my teen crazy, but I am comforted in knowing that I kept the peace and the control of the situation.
If you are parenting a teen, you must read this book. At the very least, it will provide a glimpse into their world (and bring peace back into yours).