We get thousands of submissions of parenting books for our teen reviewers and Vanessa Van Petten. Here are some of our favorites for you to check out. We have parenting books for parents of all ages with all specialties! We have included descriptions by the author about each of their books.
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General Parenting Books for Parents of Teens
Get Out of My Life…. but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D
A parent’s Guide to today’s teenager. Dr. Wolf does a great job telling stories and relating advice for parents.
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This book is a reassuring antidote to today’s epidemic of negative teen stereotypes, a collection of real-life, inspiring and amusing stories from the true experts – POAs, parents of adolescents. Nosering helps you stay lovingly connected with your teens while remaining aware of their goodness, confusion and desperate search for identity.
“Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex—What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling” by Stephen Wallace, CEO of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
Reality Gap paints an alarming portrait of a modern-day adolescence filled with potentially deadly behaviors carefully hidden from the view of parents and other adults. But it is also a book about hope and inspiration, pointing to the incredibly powerful role that parents and other mentors can play in the lives of young people and highlighting the tremendous contributions that many teens are making to their families, schools, and communities.
Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting, and “Mom, Can I Have The Keys?” Make You Miserable by Joanne Kimes, R.J. Colleary, and Rebecca Rutledge, PhD
This book teaches you how to pick your battles, handle curfew times, talk to a “texter”, and so much more.
“Yes Your Teen is Crazy!” by Dr. Mike Bradley
This is an extremely comprehensive book that informs parents about what teens are experiencing both physiologically and psychologically during puberty. Additionally, it teaches parents how to handle all the various challenging situations with which their teens may well present them. It emphasizes parenting with consistency, compassion, concrete acknowledgment of teens’ growing capacity for responsibility and the importance of maintaining a dispassionate demeanor during whatever emotional outbursts or rages parents are confronted.
What Kids REALLY Want to Ask: Using Movies to Start Meaningful Conversations‹A Guidebook for Parents and Children Ages 10-14 by Rhonda A. Richardson, PhD and A. Margaret Pevec, MA
“What Kids REALLY Want to Ask provides an ingenious, fun, and effective way for parents and young people to connect. And it takes exactly this connection for adult wisdom to flow to kids–and for kids to offer their insights to parents.
Parenting Books for Parents With Kids of All Ages
Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel
ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents of teens and tweens rave about. The focus is on creating responsible, caring adults through improving your relationship with your child rather than just trying to “get them” to do the right thing. It contains universal principles, which teach parents to become the calm, cool, and connected influencers in their homes rather than trying to simply be game wardens or gate keepers.
Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Souls by Gary L. Thomas
Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.
Dancing with My Daughter by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
This book touches on every aspect of motherhood, from sibling rivalry and messy rooms to first loves and driving lessons. I get fan mail from all over the world; many moms have written to tell me they’ve used some of the poems at their sons’ and daughters’ weddings/birthdays/graduations, or turned the books into a sort of scrapbook by writing memories of similar experiences in the margins around my poems. Yes, these books are collections of poems–which is a perfect genre for busy moms, since it takes less than a minute to read most of the selections.
I am a child and family psychologist and, any bias aside, I strongly feel that it is a must read for any parent wishing to feel closer to their child. This book serves a valuable guide with step-by-step interventions to put an end to each of the 17 unique strategies kids use to get what they want. After reading this book, parents will be able to put an end to the stressful conflicts they face and restore peace and loving relationships back in to their homes.
Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.
Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says feels like a slap in the face, but one that parents really need to have so that we can wake up and be REAL about our responsibilities and our role in our kids’ lives. Tweens and Teens of parents applying these principles will love the change they see in their parents and how they feel happier, receive more respect, autonomy, and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of powerfully REAL relationships and happiness.
Just Tell Me What To Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts For Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun
This book provides hands-on, just give-it-to-me-straight tools so that parents gain the skills and confidence they need to handle the sometimes challenging situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages 2-6 and beyond. Hailed by the New York Times as a “parenting guru,” Braun’s down-to-earth advice is derived from her expertise working with thousands of children (from toddlers to teens) and parents for over three decades.
Parenting Books on Special Topics
Life As A Single Mom: It Isn’t Easy, Or Is It? by Stephanie M. Clark
“Learning about how our teens spend their time when they are not with us and/or are behind closed doors in their bedrooms must be a priority for the proactive parent. We must always try to be aware of attitude and behavior changes in our children and be prepared to take action to address their attitudes and behaviors. When we are more informed about teen culture, we will be better equipped to respond proactively should we need to seek help.”
Living With an… Emo Kid by Charlie Mills with Paul Tunis
This book takes a humorous approach to helping parents understand the strange new complexities of living with an Emo Kid, a subset of teen culture. This book is a funny and funky way to promote parent/teen middle ground.
The Everything Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Bullies: from preschool taunting to cyber bullying, all you need to ensure your child’s safety and happiness by Deborah Carpenter with Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D.
This guide gives parents all the tools they need to recognize the problem, treat it properly, and prevent it from happening again.
It is a must read for any parent. I would consider it almost a primer on how to raise healthy, happy children. She provides particular guidance for those parenting teenagers/tweeners.
Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control by Hilarie Cash, PhD, and Kim McDaniel, MA
Video Games & Your Kids helps parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games by explaining what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the affects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life and, where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help them successfully set appropriate limits for their children.
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