Parents & Teachers: Book Summary,
"Staying Connected to Your Teenager"
Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying (2003)
By: Michael Riera
This book is a guide to help frustrated parents of teenagers stay connected with their teens. The author believes there are two different people inside every teen: the regressed child and the emergent adult. The emergent adult is seen by teachers, friends, and co-workers. However, all too often the regressed child is the personality parents see. This book offers strategies to help parents notice and communicate in times when the emergent adult is in their midst. Riera gives advice on changing from the managerial role of a parent to a consultant in a teen's life.
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About the Author
Michael Riera, Ph.D., has worked in education since 1980. He is the author or co-author of four other popular parenting books, including Field Guide to the American Teenager and Uncommon Sense for Parents of Teenagers. He is the family and adolescent correspondent on "The CBS Early Show," and has appeared on "Oprah," "Today," "The View," and "48 Hours." He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013