Michael Y. Simon

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Michael Y. Simon, LMFT is the author of
The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies That Work with Your Teenager
. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Oakland, California. Michael is a sought-after local and national speaker on the subjects of teens and families and has worked with thousands of children, youth and families since 1990. He served for many years as a high school counselor, ran or developed programs that directly served children from birth to 18 and taught psychology, philosophy and religious studies at several American universities.

Michael is also the founder of Practical Help for Parents —a support organization for parents, educators and mental health professionals who work daily in su
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Talk to Me First by Deborah M. Roffman
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One of the most frustrating and scary things about parenting adolescents is how quickly (and often imperceptibly) things change. What worked for your pre-teen or teen last week doesn't work this week. The knowledge you had a couple of months back abo ...more
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Bully Nation by Susan Eva Porter
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The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies that Work for Your Teenager
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“The Approximate Parent is a must read for all parents...It is an insightful guide, a tool that can make a difference in your parenting style to get results. A definite 5 star read in my book.” Reader Views (January 2013)

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“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.”
Carl Bernstein
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The Jargon of Authenticity by Theodor W. Adorno
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Minima Moralia by Theodor W. Adorno
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Sex Changes by Christine Benvenuto
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“Whatever emotional state you’re in while you’re parenting conveys more to your child than the content of what you're doing with them, no matter how perfect your intervention looks "on paper." In other words, to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, "your emotional state is the message.”
Michael Y. Simon, The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies that Work for Your Teenager

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.”
Carl Bernstein

“Whatever emotional state you’re in while you’re parenting conveys more to your child than the content of what you're doing with them, no matter how perfect your intervention looks "on paper." In other words, to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, "your emotional state is the message.”
Michael Y. Simon, The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies that Work for Your Teenager

“The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas – complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.”
George F. Kennan

“All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.”
Miranda July, It Chooses You




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