Mike Riera, Ph.D., is one of the country's foremost authorities on understanding children and teenagers in Los Angeles, CA. The cornerstone of his philosophy for parents with teenagers is having parents shift from being managers in their teenagers’ lives to becoming their consultants.
His latest book, Staying Connected To Your Teenager, (Perseus, 2003), has already appeared on several bestseller lists and was written as the follow-up to his first book, Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers. The book has also been featured on Oprah.
He is the author of four books on the subject, beginning with his groundbreaking release, Uncommon Sense for Parents With Teenagers (Ten Speed Press, 1995), which established Mike’s reputation for providing no-nonsense, practical advice for parents in understanding their teens. The second edition of this book, with several new chapters, will be released in October of 2004.
I am Dr. Mike Riera, author and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Here you will learn about some of my thinking about parenting, children and education. There are also some video clips, book descriptions and a schedule of appearances. Make yourself at home.
I think teenagers are frequently misunderstood by even the most caring adults. This isn’t due to lack of effort. It has more to do with inaccurate stereotypes and portrayals of teenagers. Most of psychology focuses on pathology and abnormality. But these don't help parents all that much. Teenagers are complex, but they are not impossible to understand. I think parents have not been supported nearly enough in their efforts to understand and raise their teenagers. So my purpose is not to tell anybody how to parent their kids. My purpose is to help translate what teenagers mean (but can’t say) by their behaviors and attitudes. As adults, the more we understand the meanings behind their behaviors, the more flexible we can be in our responses. This in turn means better relationships with our teenagers and healthier teenagers overall. Finally, parenting a teenager means thinking and acting more in terms of influence than control — easy to say, tough to do. So please make yourself at home on the Website.