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Mike Riera Educator and One of the Country's Foremost Authorities on Understanding Children and Teenagers

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  • 2013 Making the Most of Difficult Conversations
  • 2004 Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers
  • 2003 Staying Connected To Your Teenager
  • 2002 Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child
  • 2000 A Field Guide to the American Teenager
  • 1997 Surviving High School

Mike Riera, Ph.D., is one of the country's foremost authorities on understanding children and teenagers. The cornerstone of his philosophy is the essential shift for parents, from managers in their teenagers' lives to consultants.

Mike is an educator first and foremost, and currently serves as the Head of School at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles. With education as a base he has also become a national and international favorite speaker on the topic of adolescence. For eight years he complimented his work in schools with work in the media as the parenting correspondent for the CBS Saturday Early Show for seven years and two years as the host of a daily show for teenagers on the Oxygen Network--Life in Progress.

Two of his books, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers (1995, 2004, 2012) and Staying Connected To Your Teenager, (2003, with a second edition in process), appeared on several bestseller lists and were both featured on Oprah. He is also the author of four other books: Surviving High School (1997); Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000, with Joe DiPrisco, Ph.D.); Right From Wrong (2002, with Joe DiPrisco, Ph.D.); and Making The Most of Difficult Conversations (2013).

"Teen guru Michael Riera's ... writings on surviving adolescence have catapulted him to national status as the Dr. Spock for teenagers and their parents." --San Francisco Chronicle


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