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How to Raise Your Parents
Sarah O'Leary Burningham
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How to Raise Your Parents

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  16 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 ...more
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Published March 1st 2008 by Chronicle Books LLC
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Amy Diop
Sep 26, 2012 Amy Diop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
"How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide" is an awesome advice book. Some of the advice didn't really relate to my age group for example driving, high school, and getting a job. Even though I can use this book for resources when I'm older.
I recommend this book to every teenage girl who is having trouble with there parents if it comes to respect, the cell phone, your cyber life, convincing, privacy, and the type of music you listen to. This book will help. The some advice that t
Aug 18, 2008 Jodysegal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th grade and Up
Written in the chatty, personal style of an advice column, How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl’s Survival Guide offers surprisingly constructive and insightful advice to teens and parents alike. Using a mix of humor and hip appeal, candidness and common sense, Burningham helps teens navigate and negotiate their way through a range of topics they typically battle over with their parents. Sexuality questions, from how to get permission to date, bring home a boyfriend, come out to parents, or de ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Myra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enjoyed, humor
Title:How to Raise Your Parents Author:Sarah O’Leary Burmingham 4 stars pages: 144

Ever wonder what your parents are thinking when you walk into their room asking for a piercing on your ear? How do they feel when you walk out of the door with booty shorts and a revealing tank top? Is there a way to avoid arguments? Maybe you’re changing, but you’re certainly not the only one! ‘How to Raise Your Parents” gives credible information to help both teens and parents reach out to each other, understand
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Erikka Adams, aka "The Bookbinder" for

Ever wonder what your mom or dad is thinking when they won't let you walk out of the house in a perfectly good outfit? Or how about when they come up with some crazy rule that doesn't make any sense?

And parents, what is your teen thinking when they choose a ropes course adventure summer camp over horseback riding? And what about those "trashy" books they read?

Welcome to the world of raising a parent....or, I mean, raising a tee
In purchasing this book on Amazon (for free, thankfully), I was expecting a book that would help a teenager better understand their parents, while continuing to respect them. While the author did help readers understand parents better, the respect wasn't there. Many of the advice given to teens through this book is disrespectful, and occasionally downright rude to their parents.

While I may not have had the best teenage years myself due to fights with my parents, I still strongly believed in resp
This book is like an overly long quiz from the likes of a fashion magazine. It is cliché in its dealings with teen parent relationships and is trivial at times with too much emphasis placed upon common stereotypes. In the book’s defence, there are great ideas and suggestions for ways teens can begin important and serious dialogues with their parents. It also provides some of the parental logic behind things parents might not always take the time to explain, such as curfew and ground rules for da ...more
Enna Isilee
Apr 12, 2008 Enna Isilee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Enna Isilee by: Sarah O'Leary Burningham
A funny, down to earth book that every girl should read. It gives honest advice about almost everything a teen girl goes through with their parents. Parts of this make you laugh out loud, and other parts are sincere and should be taken seriously. It's got great tips on negotiation, curfew, cars, boys, computers, and all things that teens face.

Even if you have awesome parents (Like I do), you should read this book.
Jasmine Rockwell
While humorous and accurate for the most part, sometimes it felt like the author was saying to teens it's okay to trick your parents if it will keep you out of trouble or get what you really want. At other times the book seems more appropriate for school counselors.
Apr 13, 2009 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, self-help
I picked up this book out of curiousity about what it would say. The author had some interesting points on how to interact with parents, but I did not like how she often would tell kids how to act so they could get away with things.
I really didn't read the book cover to cover but scanned it and think that it something I will come back to as my 2 daughters get a little older it is for Teens not tweens.
Glad I have it in my good reads bookshelf for the future.
May 30, 2008 Jolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because one of my best friends is the author. After reading several exerts out of it is the perfect book for teens. But it was also a good laugh because some of the things are so true.
Jan 10, 2013 Marta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lexi C
I think it is an enjoyable read, and it is something every teenage girl should be equipped with in the real world!!!
Suzanna Pinkley
hmm... very interesting...
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Andrea Wilkinson
The first book my cousin's daughter, Sarah, wrote. Great book about helping teens see things from another person's point of view and learning the value of compromise.
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Even though I’m not technically a teenager anymore, I still consider myself a teenager at heart. I love stealing my sisters’ clothes and a good door slam, and since I write young adult books, I keep up on things cool through all the teenagers I know and meet.

I got the idea for my first book, How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl’s Survival Guide, when I was 16. After coming home late for curfew (
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