A List of Helpful Teen Parenting Books

“You’re Grounded Till You’re Thirty!: What Works and What Doesn’t in Parenting Today’s Teens” by Judith E. Craig

Judith Craig is a clinical psychologist and professional coach. In her book she teaches parents to address the stages that they are going through and learn how you react. This helps you handle your teen better. The book also gives specific suggestions for real life-situations. Teaching parents to distinguish between what is important and what isn’t.;

“Stop Negotiating With Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent” by Janet Sasson Edgette

This book is best for parents who are permissive or allow their children to negotiate their way out of everything. Often parents want to grant freedom to their teenager but do not balance that freedom with accountability resulting in a cycle of argument and mistrust. Edgette teaches parents to take a more authoritarian approach with a balance between control and freedom. She addresses major issues that parents face such as: the myth that teens behavior is hormonal and can’t be controlled, that parents shouldn’t accept rude behavior, “free rein” should be balanced with direction and accountability, and that teens do want to talk to their parents about serious issues. The author gives real-life examples from the many teens and parents that she has worked with.;

“Positive Discipline for Teenagers” by Jane Ed.D. Nelsen;

Jane Nelsen encourages parents to treat their teenagers like individuals and empower them to become more independent in their decision-making. Setting parameters is fine as long as they are not arbitrary and are clearly articulated.;

The author has many easily implemented suggestions about how to reward and discipline teenagers. The format is straightforward and allows a parent to look up a problem and find a resolution.;

“Getting it Right with Teens” by Madelyn Swift

Madelyn Swift reminds parents of what it is like to be a teenager and demonstrates the way teens see the world today. The book includes a number of interviews with teens. The book teaches parents to keep communication open, criticism to a minimum, and always be there for their teen. The book explains that teenagers still need their parents but differently than they did as a teenager and reminds parents that they still need their teen.;

“The How to Book of Teen Self Discovery: Helping Teens Find Balance, Security and Esteem” by Doc Lew Childre

In this book Doc Childre talks to teenagers. He teaches the reader to become “heart-smart.” “This is about tapping into the resources of both the head and the heart, being responsible for one’s actions and reactions, building heart security and self-esteem and riding the waves of emotion instead of letting them engulf us.” The short chapters and creative cartoons are teen friendly.;

“Parenting at the Speed of Teens : Positive Tips on Everyday Issues” by Renie Howard and Ruth Taswell;

This book is a reference guide for parents. It allows them to easily lookup information on different topics ranging from junk food to dating. The authors include tips, tricks, and techniques that parents can actually use to improve their relationship with and guide their teen.;

“What Teens Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Shape Your Own Future”;by Peter L. Benson, Pamela Espeland, Judy Galbraith;

This book is based on a survey of over 350,000 teenagers who were asked to provide a list of the positive things in life that attribute to an individual’s success. The author took their responses and came up with 40 assets that make up a successful person. The book defines external assets such as families, peers, schools, spiritual support systems and also internal assets like motivation, honesty, and responsibility. The book then gives advice on how a teenager, parent, or other adult can help to ensure that each child has those assets.;

“Why Do They Act That Way? : A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen” by David Walsh

Dr. Walsh explains how the changes in teen’s brains affect their behavior and then gives parents advice on how to “understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids.” He has many real-life examples and techniques that parents and teenagers can use.

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