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Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers [Paperback]

Michael Riera

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Oct. 1 2004
With more than 100,000 copies sold, Michael Riera’s UNCOMMON SENSE FOR PARENTS WITH TEENAGERS has ushered countless families through the trying years of adolescence. Offering a fresh interpretation of the teen years, Riera asserts that this period of a child’s growth is too often misunderstood as a phase to be dreaded instead of enjoyed. In this fully revised and updated edition, Riera tackles some of the newest issues facing parents and teens—text messaging and the Internet, changing driver’s license requirements, fad diets and exercise—and gives a second look to the old standbys—alcohol and drugs, academics, sex and dating, sports and extracurricular activities, eating disorders, making friends, single parenting, divorce, and more. Beginning with overviews of the parent-teenager relationship, the adolescent world, and high school, the bulk of the book comprises a series of responses to questions commonly asked by parents. Based on his 19 years as a teacher, counselor, dean of students, and parent, Riera recommends some unexpected—and ultimately successful—approaches, like "Communicate indirectly," "Let your teenager brood," and "Resist giving advice, even when your teenager asks for it." With a rare appreciation for this special developmental stage of life and an unpatronizing approach to teenagers, UNCOMMON SENSE FOR PARENTS WITH TEENAGERS is a beacon of optimism and hope for confused and wearied families everywhere.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612244
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I keep going back to... May 23 2008
By Cassiopea - Published on Amazon.com
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An absolutely essential book for parents. Outlines the common sense approaches we forget in our rush to maintain total authority. Parenting teaches us how little absolute control we have, and that micromanaging will not produce a well-rounded adult from a challenging teenager. What we do have in abundance as parents is influence, and this book focuses on how best to assert that influence. With each new crisis, my first reaction is to try to control. My second reaction is to reach for this book and ponder the wisdom it offers in helping me to help my teenager. Of the several books in my parenting library, none approaches this book for completeness or efficacy. Thank you, Dr. Riera.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this Book June 22 2008
By mom of four - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Read this book and the sooner the better! Ideally you will read it by the time the kids are 12. There is value in picking the book up every so often to review the author's message. He is right on!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars uncommon sense for parents with teenagers. July 18 2008
By Mrs. Kay L. Haile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book when it mentions common sense it sure hits the mark many parents don't always remeber what it was like to be a teenager this book helps you understand teenagers of this generation.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide to living with teens March 12 2007
By Lindy J. Brenes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provided excellent parenting ideas for teens. My teen is more open with my husband and I after utilizing some of the techniques outlined.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 80% Common Sense June 26 2011
By VictorDeBruner - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of this book is common sense but I am willing to entertain the idea that alot of people may be short on common sense and will get more from this book. I does have a few pearls of wisdom on how to get your teenager to communicate with parents. I believe this would be more useful if purchased by parents of preteens so they can be armed with the information BEFORE they become distant, self absorbed, teen zombies.

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