Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers

  • by Michael Riera
  • Narrated by Michael Riera
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers defines the turmoil of young adulthood and the challenges both parents and teenagers face. As a consultant and lecturer to more than a hundred high schools and with years of experience counseling teenagers and their parents, Dr. Michael Riera dispenses uncommon advice to break down the often adversarial relationship between parents and teens. Because adolescents use their teenage years as active training for adulthood, parents need to "let their kids exercise their decision-making muscle."Dr. Riera's unconventional suggestions include resisting giving advice, even when your teenager asks for it; forgetting heart-to-heart talks and communicating indirectly; giving your kid a non-alcoholic "cocktail" hour to decompress after a long, hard day; and embracing estrangement and expecting inconsistency.Dr. Riera also addresses the most commonly asked questions by parents, and offers practical counsel on such questions as: What are fair punishments? What can you do to keep your kid motivated in school? What do you need to know about your kid's sex life? What do you do about teenage parties, alcohol, and drugs?Personal stories from both parents and teenagers are featured throughout, offering insight and comfort to those dealing with similar problems.

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"A wealth of down-to-earth and practical advice." (Dr. Dean Edell)

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Where does Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book and easy to understand! Very easy to use info for me and my teen. All the examples I could relate to thinking the author is a fly on my wall!


What other book might you compare Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers to and why?

None I've read like it


What about Michael Riera’s performance did you like?

Energetic using a lot of expression


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened in 2 sittings and even listened to it a second time.


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- Hilary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2001
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio