Teen Guide To Parents

How to Manipulate Without Them Knowing

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
135 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2019
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Author Biography

Kathleen Laziza is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. She is the Executive Director of Micro Museum® which she founded in Brooklyn, NY as a grassroots arts organization in 1986 servicing as an imagination hub for performance, video, visual art and educational experiences for all ages and abilities.

Under Kathleen’s directorship, Micro Museum built decades-long partnerships with Brooklyn’s social service organizations creating programming in Brooklyn public parks, schools and at Micro Museum. After a few dozen years of teaching budding artists how to create their own business vehicles, training teens for job readiness and producing 1000s of grassroots art shows, public access TV broadcasts and performances, the museum is at its core dedicated to creative lifetime learning.

Her personal story is a message for triumph over learning disabilities and the stick-to-it-ness of owning and operating a small business in New York City. She is a known job creator and master collaborator. Her diverse knowledge and experience as a performance artist makes her an entertaining and skilled public speaker. Ms. Laziza and her husband William reside in Brooklyn, NY and are the parents of two successful adult sons.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Teen Guide To Parents: How To Manipulate Without Them Knowing is a work of non-fiction aimed at young adults, and was penned by author Kathleen Laziza. Both humorous and serious in its approach to social issues, this concise volume of situational advice seeks to take the negative associations away from the word ‘manipulation’. In the volume, teens are encouraged to carefully assess their social relationships with parents, teachers and other people immediate to their lives, and adapt their behaviors and thinking slightly to more easily avoid the typical struggles of clashing personalities, and develop their own sense of emotional agency.

In life, we all learn to get along with difficult people as we are socialized into the world, and this new volume of self-help by author Kathleen Laziza unlocks the key to that learning for young adults in difficult situations. The advice within is universal, setting down strategies that can be used in troubled family life, which also build skills to cope with the emotional struggles of the wider world in later life. Laziza’s narrative style is friendly, quirky and fun, but also realistic and down to earth in a way that is sure to resonate with her intended YA audience, and indeed beyond into adulthood. The volume is well presented and well organized, allowing readers to refer back and easily find strategies and contexts that they wish to repeat. Overall, Teen Guide To Parents is insightful and essential reading for any young adult looking to understand the social world better.