Synopses & Reviews
Being a teen (or the parent of a teen) doesn't have to be so hard. How to Raise Your Parents will help teens and their parents navigate those years between training bras and keys to the family car. In a voice teens will relate to and parents will appreciate, author Sarah O'Leary Burningham offers smart advice about negotiation and parental hot buttons and a little insight about what the world looks like from a parent's point of view.
"Burningham, a publicist for a New York based publisher, starts out strong in this book of advice to the adolescent. 'Know your parent' is her first bit of wisdom, and to this end she offers a witty set of profiles of the Hippie, the Schoolmarm, the Teen Wannabe, etc.; usefully, she identifies the parental types who fly off the handle and the types who are overprotective, then supplies coping strategies. Elsewhere, it's a mixed bag. Some of her counsel is welcome (how to handle a broken curfew or other misdemeanor); some is superfluous (if you hear your parents' footsteps, stop making out); and some just doesn't fly (if parents won't sanction one-on-one dating, girls should invite the boy over: 'And after spending some time with them, your boyfriend will probably think your family is cool just one more reason you're such a catch!'). Much of the best advice, including Burningham's tactics for negotiating in general, presumes a maturity on the part of readers but if they can internalize her words, they'll be set for life. Ages 13 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"How to Raise Your Parents
is brilliant - I wish I had a guide like this when I was a teenager...It's a terrific book. Clever and funny - and honestly helpful without being condescending or fake." Lauren Myracle, bestselling teen author of ttfn
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"This book tackles difficult topics with wit and wisdom. It speaks honestly and openly to teens about the challenges of being an adolescent in today's world." Kathryn Della-Piana, LCSW, Exec. Director, Family Counseling Center
"[A] wise and witty work for smart teenage girls. The result should be that both parent and teen feel they can be heard and respected, even where there is disagreement." Penny Brooke Jameson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
"In turning the tables, Burningham gets readers to see things from an adult's perspective and offers advice on how to negotiate so that the two generations can happily coexist as a family....[S]he's a very hip adult who makes sense, and teens just might want to listen to her." School Library Journal
Designed to help teens and their parents, this guide offers smart advice about negotiation and parental hot buttons, and offers a little insight about what the world looks like from a parent's point of view. Illustrations.
About the Author
Sarah O'Leary Burningham was inspired to write this book when she was 16 years old. She lives in Manhattan. This is her first book.
Bella Pilar's strong ties to fashion began with work in visual display and a career as a makeup artist before going on to her true love, illustration. Bella was trained in art and fashion at both Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.