Top Parenting Teens Books

Parenting Teens: No Easy Task

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Sometimes it's hard to know where to turn for advice when parenting teenagers, since most parents tend to assume if their teenager is talking back or acting out, that the parents are to blame. Here are a few suggestions for books that look at the issues most parents encounter dealing with raising teenagers, and some strategies about how to handle them.

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents

This New York Times bestseller by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt explores the science behind the way teenagers behave. It challenges the long-held belief that the adolescent brain was close to an adult brain, emphasizing that the teenage brain goes through several crucial stages of development. Jensen uses personal and professional anecdotes along with research data to explain issues such as learning, multitasking, stress, sleep, and decision-making in the teenage brain.

Positive Discipline for Teenagers

There comes a time in every parenting journey when we realize our children are not merely extensions of ourselves. Most parents say this is put into sharp focus during the teen years. Positive Discipline for Teenagers gives a nod to the give and take of control between parent and teen. It shows parents how to give their teen control of their choices, and how to teach teens how to make their own decisions. It's written with today's teen in mind including a whole chapter on 'wired teens' that talks about internet safety and cell phone use

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?

Parents of teens will appreciate the wit and advice given in this revised edition of Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall? by clinical psychologist Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. The author empathizes with kids who are navigating a far more complex world than their parents did, and doesn't preach to parents with a cure-all approach. Instead, Wolf focuses on the reasons behind teenagers' behavior and lets parents know they're not alone. in their bewilderment. The book has been updated to reflect the evolving teenager, with chapters on gay and lesbian teenagers and cautions about the online world in which teens live.

Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child

From review: Drawing heavily from 50 years of combined clinical practice, Robert B. Brooks and Sam Goldstein conclude that a child's resilience grows its deepest roots in the home, nurtured by parents who incorporate healthy doses of empathy, practical optimism, respect, unconditional love, keen listening skills, and patience. 

When Good Kids Do Bad Things - A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers

Katherine Gordy Levine is a certified counselor, mother of two and has been a foster parent to hundreds of troubled teenagers over the years, and found parenting advice books to be largely unrealistic and ineffective. She takes both a practical and a clinical approach to addressing problems many teenagers encounter.The "bad things" Levine describes in When Good Kids Do Bad Things, range from lies and shoplifting to drugs and drinking. 

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