Dr. Michael J. Bradley
Dr. Bradley has received ten national publishing awards for his books, including a Benjamin Franklin award for "Best New Voice in Nonfiction."
In Crazy-Stressed, based on his career of counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.
One of Doc Mike's first books, When Things Get Crazy With your Teen continues to be an excellent resource for the most common behaviors that make you think your kid is crazy—and that are driving you crazy as well. The Table of Contents will direct you to those behaviors and give you the why, the how, and the what-to-do-now, including when to seek professional help.
Dr. Mike's first book Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! is now widely regarded as the gold standard in teen parenting books. Publishers Weekly calls it "invaluable," and actor Martin Sheen says, "...everybody who cares about the future of the human race has lots to learn from this guy. You can't afford not to read this book."
In his second book, Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy!, Dr. Bradley covers the same issues from a teen perspective, writing in a language and format that teens can understand and relate to. In his foreword, Clay Aiken says, "This book is awesome. It will help you discover how to believe in yourself and see how easy it is to feel comfortable with who you really are.”
In 20 real-life stories drawn from his case files, Dr. Bradley's The Heart & Soul of the Next Generation paints an emotionally charged and uplifting portrait of today’s teen generation. The young heroes of Dr. Bradley’s stories think of themselves as ordinary and unexceptional. Their inspiring and unforgettable stories will convince you that today’s teens have what it takes to make tomorrow’s world a better place.
"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®
"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, Parent/Actor
"This book is awesome. It will help you to discover how to believe in yourself and see how easy it is to feel comfortable with who you really are, not who others think you should be."
- Clay Aiken, American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist
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 bo
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Dr. Michael J. Bradley Adolescent Psychologist
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