Praise for He's Not Lazy


“Clinical psychologist Price offers one of the most significant books of the year in this new look at an old problem—the underperforming teenage boy. . . . Price’s book brings an important voice to a much needed conversation.”

Library Journal (starred review)

"He’s Not Lazy is the kind of book that can dramatically transform a relationship for the better, changing lives for the long run. If you have teenagers, I hope you'll get a copy."

—Seth Godin, author of Tribes and Linchpin


offers a truly thoughtful, commonsense approach to dealing with adolescent boys.

“I am not sure whether I love He’s Not Lazy more as a mother of two teen boys or as an educator who has worked with boys for over twenty years. What I do know is that He’s Not Lazy offers a truly thoughtful, commonsense approach to dealing with adolescent boys. It shows you how to read them and manage yourself in your interactions with these sometimes mysterious and frustrating people. And the stakes really couldn’t be higher: Our boys need us to understand them, so they can develop into confident, emotionally strong men.”—Rosalind Wiseman, educator and author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd Edition: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World and Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

Raising a teen son? How to talk to him when he's not motivate

Know any teen boys who do just enough to get by? Who have time for YouTube but not homework or household chores? Who aren’t in real trouble, just disengaged?

An “opt out” teen is like a Chinese finger trap: the harder you push, the more he’ll resist, says Adam Price, a psychologist with a practice in the New York City/New Jersey area, and author of He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself. Parental concern that manifests as nagging does not help. Instead, start with understanding, which leads to productive interaction." —Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy, Chicago Tribune

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will encourage greater acceptance

“Price’s book will provide inspiration for scores of parents seeking to understand why their sons are floundering, and will encourage greater acceptance for how today’s teenage boys face challenges.”—Publishers Weekly


a major breakthrough in the treatment of ADHD and executive dysfunction

He’s Not Lazy is a must read for any parent raising a teenage boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or any underachieving adolescent. Dr. Price tackles one of ADHD’s greatest challenges—a lack of motivation. This book represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of ADHD and executive dysfunction. Its evidence based, highly practical approach will help parents get their underperforming sons back on track academically and improve their self-confidence.”—Edward M. Hallowell, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

help their sons create self-sufficient, self-regulated plans

Price addresses a situation he refers to as ‘opting out,’ in which teen boys appear lazy when in fact they are reacting to fear and pressure by shunning school with avoidance and denial. Price offers examples, lessons, and advice from his 25 years as a psychologist. While the book is filled with well-documented research, it is accessible to general readers. Price helps readers make a paradigm shift in how they view their sons’ behavior, explains the science behind human brain development, provides instructions for creating a plan for success, and most importantly, outlines how parents can change their own attitudes. The parents’ change in perspective is the most important key; in the process, they will help their sons create self-sufficient, self-regulated plans. Parents, college students, teachers, and psychologists will gain a better understanding of the problem and know how to help teen boys who are going through it have a successful school career. A good addition for public library parenting collections as well as academic libraries.”—Booklist

outlines common-sense tactics to support boys finding those 'self' words.

“If you’re looking for help with parenting your teenage boy, turn to He’s Not Lazy by Adam Price. As the mother of a 12-year-old son, I was drawn to child psychologist Price’s empathetic views . . . As Price puts it, ‘The qualities you most want [your son] to develop—self-control, self-determination, self-regulation—all begin with the same word.’ Price outlines common-sense tactics to support boys in finding those ‘self’ words. I have a feeling I’ll be pulling this book off the shelf to consult for years to come.”—Amy Scribner, BookPage