Dr. Michael J. Bradley
Yes, Your Teen is Crazy
Raising a teenager was never supposed to be like this. In today's world, every thirteen-year-old child lives with issues like sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, divorced parents, and easy access to guns. Yet in this new and sometimes terrifying 21st century, many parents struggle in vain to raise teens with 30-year-old rules that no longer work.
In Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! psychologist Michael Bradley updates the rule book, giving you the insight, the hope, and the help you need to safely steer your teenage children through the stormy waters of adolescence. Explaining that you are the most important influence in your teenager's life, Dr. Bradley gives you the training and skills you need to transform your 21st century teen into a strong, confident, productive adult.
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The Reviews are In, and Filled with Praise!
"As a father, I'm awed by Dr. Bradley's ability to cut through the nonsense and go straight to the heart and soul of parent-teen relationships. In powerful, frank, emotionally charged, yet astonishingly simple talk, he tells you what you need to know to save your children physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You can't afford not to read this book."
- Martin Sheen
"You'll be the 'crazy' one if you attempt to raise a teenager without the wisdom you'll find on every page of this extraordinary book."
- Jack Canfield
Co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul®
" ... compelling, lively and realistic. ... An invaluable parachute for parents diving into the teen years."
- Publishers Weekly
" ... fascinating insights into the turbulent adolescent mind and excellent techniques to help parents deal with it."
- Marguerite Kelly
Nationally Syndicated Columnist for The Washington Post
Author of The Mother's Almanac
"Dr. Bradley's excellent book should be required reading for every parent of teenagers."
- Virginia Smith Harvey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Author of Effective Supervision in School Psychology
Readers Rave About the Book!
***** A must read for parents!!!
A reader from Rocky River, OH
This is the best book I have read about raising teens! The guidelines are invaluable...and very effective! I have shared this book with many friends, and they feel the same way. If you've ever felt like your child has flipped out, or that you are losing your mind...or that something weird is happening to your child...read this book!! Or, if you just need a few suggestions for the do's and don'ts...this book is the one you need. Written with empathy and humor. It should be required reading for all parents.
***** I'm a psychologist - best book I've ever read
T. Brussman from Massachusetts
I'm a psychologist, but I work with other peoples' teens - not my own. I now have a 13 year old, and am not doing as well with my own child as I do with other peoples' kids. This book is a must-have for parents of "normal" and "troubled" teens. If you get any book -- get this one, and get a few extra copies -- you'll be giving them to your freinds and family as gifts.
E. Walker from Los Angeles, CA
Before I even finished this book I began using the "dispassionate" techniques Dr. Bradley recommends. The results have been dramatic. My 13 year-old and I have not had a screaming fight in a while (they were happening every other day) AND we have been communicating in a way I thought was lost forever. Dr. Bradley uses an upbeat and candid style to get across all that ails today's teens, from medical insight that supports the notion that our kids are crazy (his term, not mine), to an environment that inundates them with sex, drugs and rock and roll at a very early age. His case studies are enlightening, and sometimes terrifying, but a wonderful way to get his point across without bogging down the reader with too much psychobabble. I highly recommend this book not just for parents of teenagers-my relationship with my 10 year-old is already benefiting from my newly learned parenting skills-but for every parent who has, at one time or another, been frustrated while trying to communicate with his or her child.
R. Mancini from Studio City, CA
Dr. Michael Bradley's book, "Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!" is an inspiration and should be on every parent's nightstand, indefinitely.
From the frightening statistics on teen suicide today to safety and privacy issues, you will finally understand what you're dealing with as a parent and what you can do to make the experience better for your teenager and your family.
Dr. Bradley's grasp of teen fears, trials and needs is a pleasant reminder to be kind to our teens in an otherwise punitive society. This book is a guiding light for parents trying to love sometimes unlovable kids while also providing security in the face of panic. He offers excellent guidelines to help conquer your fears while also helping your teen deal with their own tumultuous world.
***** The book that saved my sanity
A. Saylor from Brooklyn, NY
This book is incredible!!! This book is my new Bible - it changed so many things in my thinking and helped me to understand what is going on with my 14 old son and me and the world around us. My son is a good kid, but he is 14 and so he does his part of crazy now and then. Before I read this book it was incredibly hurtful to see this stranger who talks back, raises his voice with me, etc., when you do remember your sweet little boy who listened to your every word... This book saved me from so much pain, disappointment and feeling inadequate as a parent! I am a new person with so much more wisdom taken from this book! I feel that EVERY parent, even the ones who feel that they know it all, must read this book, and if your child is young, this book will prepare you for future. I wish to thank Dr. Bradley for such astonishingly brilliant work! I was so lucky that I came across this book and I am recommending it to everyone I know.
***** For everyone who even knows a teenager
C. Springer from Washington, DC
This book covers a very difficult subject for parents, and it does it with humor, understanding and wisdom. It's a very enjoyable and funny read. But beyond that, when it's all said and done, you're left with the feeling that you really can change the way you parent your crazy teenagers.
By the way, my husband is a Junior High teacher, and he's making sure everyone he works with reads it too!
***** My teen is crazy but now I can handle it!
A reader from Scarsdale, NY
Both my husband and myself found Dr. Bradley's book to be extremely helpful in raising our fourteen year old girl. Most important, I think, we now understand that we are not alone, that some of the traits she has exhibited are not so off the wall and Dr. Bradley gives really good advice in dealing with some of her issues and ours. I liked the fact that he devoted a good chapter to rages that teens sometimes show and the best way to deal with them.
***** My Bible
S. Lamb from Shelburne, VT
I am a licensed clinical child psychologist, and author, with a teenager and I use Bradley's book as my bible. Whenever there's an argument or I'm confused about how I reacted or how my teenager reacted, I really do return to the book and look for relevant passages. I love his sense of humor, the personal anecdotes, and the wisdom. I love that he says on one page -- under no circumstances snoop in your child's room, and then on the next page or the very same page -- sometimes you're going to have to snoop in your child's room. There's just a lot of calming wisdom in this book. I love it AND I don't know the author, have never met him, and merely bought the book on a whim when I saw it at the bookstore. What a lucky impulse purchase for me!
***** A view-changer
D. McLellan from Sudbury, MA
Having read Teens in Turmoil, I would have clenched harder at every indiscretion my two teens commit, convinced that they are at risk. I was miserable and scared. But immediately when I began reading this book, my views were altered dramatically. I don't feel so nervous about all the typical-by-Dr.-Bradley's-view things my teens do. This helped me develop a perspective that allowed room for my kids to become and be who they will without me getting in the way, but with some practical measure of limits and growth applied.
It's a friendly and compassionate book both to the teen and the parent. Dr. Bradley is on the side of both teen and parent and makes me feel that I'm not doing so badly, and most important that I'm not alone. His own personal accounts are some of the most enlightening, and come with tension and surprise.
I was first off-put by some cutesy language, but it is used unabashedly throughout, and so now I accept it as part of Dr. Bradley, the child psychologist with a little bit of a ham in him. The reading is very easy and grabs the reader right away, but the opening material is easy to take in, despite the fear it might instill (in what our society is doing to itself). Past 1/2 way the material is more difficult, dealing with the guts of tough issues, so I have slowed down for the home stretch.
All in all, I would highly, highly recommend this reading to any parent of a teen. Please read it and learn you are probably doing ok, if you are concerned enough to find the time to spend with this book.
***** A must read
J. Cole from Ruston, VA
I highly recommend this book to anyone with children even if they're not quite a teen yet. It is full of practical, sensible advice. It addresses the fears and doubts of both parents and teens with humor and compassion. Just wonderful. I'm buying it for Christmas for my best friend even though her children are just nine and five years old. Never hurts to be prepared, and this book will definitely help.
***** From the trenches...,
R. Farr from Holland, Pa
Get the book and read it...
Memorize it and practice Dr. Bradley's suggestions until they become your first reaction to the teenage craziness around you. I don't say this casually. I say this because I know, for a fact, what Bradley says works. It works when nothing else seems to, and when you are absolutely certain you have no idea where that ex-child, now crazy person, came from. Less humorously...his suggestions work when you are desperately close to watching your son or daughter become a statistic. It works when nothing else has and, believe me, if you are at this point in his or her life, nothing else might. Simply put, Dr. Bradley saved my son.
Bradley's knowledge in this area is broad and deep, his suggestions are easy to understand, his book is poignant, clear, and frantic-parent friendly. His humor is readily evident and heartening. Reading the book is almost as good as sitting in a session with him...seriously. Read it seriously. Follow it seriously. It works...seriously. Thanks, Dr. Bradley.
***** The absolute best parenting handbook you can buy!!
R. Conker from Holland, PA
You would not believe how great this book is. It has all the truthfulness you could want and ways of helping your child that bring him or her closer to you, that work. This book isnít full of psychobabble it has humorous writing but still gets down to it. It can help you in any way you could think of to help you and your child grow closer. But don't take it from me, read it yourself.
***** Stay Calm!
A reader from Brandon, WI
Great advice in this book on how to stay calm when your teen goes nuts, and they can and do go nuts, making us parents crazy too if we let them. Walks you through the teen culture of today. Easy to think we baby boomers know everything about being a teen since we once were one, but today's teens have a new, scarier world. Knowledge is power...buy this book!!
***** A must for all parents
D. Keefe from Pacific, MO
This book has lots of research and experienced based antidotes on teens. It helps parents to get a greater understanding of what they will be dealing with in the teen years. It defines abnormality versus typical teen behavior and explains when it is time to go to a professional. It also gives tips on how to parent teens successfully. I loved it and found it very useful.
***** Great Book!
E. Barrick from Pennsylvania
This book offers much insight into the teenage mind. Being an average teenager myself, reading this book really helped me understand, well, Me! I was astonished by the wisdom offered by Dr. Bradley. I will warn that this book is for parenting but can be used as a guide for the MATURE teen too. This is a well-organized guide to becoming a more educated parent for your teenager! Dr. Bradley helps us see that the parents and the teenagers are all fighting the same battle, those dreadful Teenage Years. I highly recommend this book. "Yes Your Teen is Crazy" expands and updates one's mind in the scary realm known as the teenager. Buy this book!
***** Crazy about this book!
P. Chipman from Omaha, NE
How many books have we read telling us how to raise our children with love and respect and we still lose our hair because the children we are raising with love and respect are strangers to us overnight?! This book is a must! Not only is it straightforward and frank, with humor interspersed to calm down our rising panic, it is also an honest approach to parenting/understanding/not understanding a teen's behavior especially in today's world. If you have even once said "...these teens today..." shaking your head, you need to read this book. It doesn't really matter if you have "one", you will have to deal with one, hear about one, or live next to one, and you will find this book infinitely helpful. It is by far the best book written to understand and cope, and perfect timing right now. So right now is the perfect time to read it!
***** A "must read" for the parents of teenage offspring!
M. Bookman from Oregon, WI
In Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind, psychologist Michael Bradley provides parents insight, hope, and help in safely steering their teenage son or daughter through the often problematic years of adolescence. Dr. Bradley offers an informed and guided tour through a teenager's mind while explaining why teens act the way they do and the training and skills required to assist a teen in maturing into a strong, confident, productive, successful adult. Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! is an invaluable addition to any personal or community library human growth and development collection, and a "must read" for the parents of teenage offspring!
***** A must for parents of teenagers
M. Harder from Bakersfield, CA
Finally a book that understands teenagers and parents of teenagers in the 21st century. I have only begun reading this book, but cannot wait to finish it and start using the information that I am learning.