Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers, Third Edition

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This perennial bestseller (with more than 100,000 copies sold) has been completely revised and updated for a new generation of teenagers and their parents.

Since its initial publication in 1995, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers has ushered countless families through the trying years of adolescence. In this fully revised and updated edition, Riera tackles some of the newest issues facing parents and teens, and gives a second look to ...

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Overview

This perennial bestseller (with more than 100,000 copies sold) has been completely revised and updated for a new generation of teenagers and their parents.

Since its initial publication in 1995, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers has ushered countless families through the trying years of adolescence. In this fully revised and updated edition, Riera tackles some of the newest issues facing parents and teens, and gives a second look to the old standbys—alcohol and drugs, academics, sex and dating, sports and extracurriculars, eating disorders, making friends, single parenting, divorce, and more. Riera channels his unpatronizing approach and two decades of experience working with teens into this optimistic and indispensable book.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607743460
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 314,027
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Parent Questions viii

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xii

1 From Manager to Consultant: The Essential Shift in the Parent-Adolescent Relationship 1

2 The Adolescent World 8

3 The Middle and High School Experience 35

4 Limits and Structure 64

5 Natural Consequences 70

6 The Hidden Benefits of Arguing with Your Teenager 79

7 Alcohol, Drugs, and Parties 86

8 Technology and Social Networking 102

9 Sex, Romance, and Sexuality 116

10 Words Make a Difference 132

11 Academics, Grades, Motivation, and Learning Differences 140

12 Making Friends 152

13 Sports and Extracurricular Activities 157

14 Exercise, Nutrition, and Stress 163

15 The Driver's License 170

16 Graduation 177

17 Eating Modifications and Eating Disorders 181

18 Adolescent Grieving 190

19 Divorce, Remarriage, and Blended Families 196

20 Single Parenting 210

21 Parent Mental Health 215

22 Professional Help 218

23 Back to the Relationship 223

24 Concluding Remarks 227

Bibliography 230

Additional Resources 233

Index 234

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