7 Strategies for Highly Successful Teens

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A life changing program for your teens.

I am so excited to announce I have a new program for Teens, Parents and Teachers.

In this fun, entertaining and inspirational talk I go over the 7 strategies for highly effective teens.

This is nothing like your typical high school presentation.

Here are some highlights:

  • Groundbreaking research insights about the teen brain and behavior
  • Hilarious and inspiring videos
  • Immediately applicable action steps to motivate and encourage teens from all levels
  • Relatable stories for teens to feel engaged and understood

I can’t give too much away, but in this talk we delve into both the lighthearted and serious issues teens face including:

  • Effective communication with peers, parents and teachers
  • Mastering the online environment–preventing cyberbullying, staying savvy online and building a digital reputation that lasts
  • School – life balance, reducing stress and finding the right outlets
  • How to have healthy relationships with the important people in a teen’s life
  • Planning for the future, smart college applications, resume building and finding your life passions

I am stoked about this new talk and have already booked out January, February and March at High Schools, youth conferences and Parent groups around the US.

Please contact our manager Lynn Campbell for pricing and date availability:

 manager@radicalparenting.com

*Yes, of course, we have a tween version!

Best Parenting Books for Parents of Tweens

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Best Books for Parents of Kids and Tweens

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore, PhD Mark S Lowenthal, PsyD

I love how this book approaches talking to kids about achievement in success–without pushing perfection. A great read, inspiring stories, and helpful advice.

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.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

I love that this book is about simplifying the lives of parents and kids. If you want to strip down to basics and leave a calmer life, this approach to parenting is for you.

Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl

This author is a former teacher and knows exactly how to engage kids to learn and be excited about learning. Her ideas really resonate with both parents and kids.

No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids by Harley Robart, M.D.

If you are not a big reader, this short and sweet book is for you. With some easy lessons and inspiring moments this book can kickstart your bonding with your kids.

Best Books for Parents of All Ages:

NurtureShock: New ThinkingAbout Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

This is an amazing book for parents that uses scientific studies to bust parenting myths and help give tools that actually work.

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents 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.

Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.

Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says might feel a little harsh, but can be a real wake up call to 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.

Have you seen our other top picks? 

5 Best Board Games for Teens: Ages 13-18

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These games are Teen Approved by our teen interns!

At Radical Parenting we believe that board games are a great way for families to bond and connect. We highly encourage our readers and teen interns to buy board games as gifts, bring board games on family vacations and always keep a board game on hand during free time.

We have chosen 5 of our favorite board games for teens.

5 Best Board Games for Teens: (Ages 13-18)

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One of my favorite games of all time!

1. Ticket to Ride

This game is surprisingly engaging and fun. It is a newer game but absolutely worth trying out–your family will soon be addicted! Teens also love playing this themselves as the strategy and take-overs of rail lines are similar to risk and monopoly combined.

Description of Ticket to Ride: October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own. The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older. Playing time: 30-60 minutes. Comes with: 1 Board map of North American train routes, 240 Colored Train Cars, 110 Train Car cards, 30 Destination Tickets, 5 Wooden Scoring Markers, 1 Days of Wonder Online access number, and a Rules booklet.

2. Say Anything

I love games that get people talking and communicating. This one is hilarious and helps players get to know each other. Say Anything is a great social skill builder game and get to know you game if teens aren’t talking as much as parents would like!

Description of Say Anything: From the makers of the award-winning Wits and Wagers comes the next great party game – *Say Anything*. Say Anything is a light-hearted game about what you and your friends think. It gives you the chance to settle questions that have been hotly debated for centuries. For instance, “What’s the best movie of all time?” or “If I could have a BIG anything, what would it be?” So dig deep into your heart or just come up with something witty – this is your chance to Say Anything. Say Anything combines the best elements of Wits and Wagers and Apples to Apples. 1) Ask any question from the card you draw, such as “What’s the best movie of all time?” or “If I could have a BIG anything, what would it be?” 2) Everyone else writes an answer and turns it face-up. 3) Secretly choose your favorite of these answers. Then everyone tries to guess which one you picked. Play *Say Anything* – and find out what your friends really think. Ages: teens and adults. Players: 3 – 8. Teach time: 2 minutes. Play time: 35 minutes.

3. Cashflow Game! 

This is one of the most amazing board games I have ever played. It might seem a little expensive but it is amazing–not just for your kids, but for you as well. It is played in schools across the country and is the most fun way I have found to teach (and learn) about finances.

Description of the Cashflow Game:  The Board Game USA Today Calls “Monopoly on Steroids”. It’s Time to Get Out of the Rat Race. What’s your dream? Freedom of time? Unlimited resources to travel the world? Whatever it may be, CASHFLOW 101 teaches you how to get out of the Rat Race and onto the Fast Track, how to make your money work for you Ð not the other way around. CASHFLOW 101 is an educational board game that simulates real life financial strategies and situations. As a simulation, you learn valuable lessons and gain priceless insights into personal finance and investing without having to put your actual money at risk. Developed by Robert Kiyosaki, author of the #1 personal finance book of all time, Rich Dad Poor Dad, CASHFLOW 101 is the ultimate realization of Robert’s vision of an interactive tool for financial education, and the fulfillment of his belief that we learn best by doing. With CASHFLOW 101 you: Practice real world investing with play moneyLearn the differences between an asset and a liabilityDiscover the power of understanding your personal financial statementPlan your strategy with Opportunity Cards that include Big and Small DealsChoose your dream, learn the secrets of the rich, and get on the financial fast track. CASHFLOW 101 is an educational board game that teaches accounting, finance, and investing at the same time – and makes learning fun! 

4. Settlers of Catan

My sisters and Dad love this game so much they actually travel with it. Great for strategizing and thinking critically. It is a more modern game of Risk.

Description of Settlers of Catan: The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes. It’s easy to see why The Settlers of Catan has been recognized as a best-selling Game of the Year in both Germany and the U. S. We found this game to be fun and engaging for both children and adults, and the variable nature of the playing field really made us want to play again and again. When we started pausing to contemplate our opponents’ strategy and factoring the probability of different dice rolls into our moves, the game sometimes took longer than expected, but we were so engrossed we didn’t even notice until it was all over.

5.  Scrabble

This is, of course, an oldie but goodie. We have to encourage kids to spell–and think, and grow their vocabulary! Scrabble is a great way to get teens thinking about words and strategizing in their heads. Have a dictionary handy to avoid fights!

Description of Scrabble: The all-American classic crossword game. Your Scrabble words won’t be slip slidin’ away, thanks to this board’s clever “tile-lock” design. There are also soft pads on its bottom that allow you to effortlessly slide the board across a table or rotate it for a better view. And, the compact size of the board, tiles and racks, make the game ideal for travel. You can play Scrabble in a car, train, plane or boat with no worries.

Board games are an awesome way to learn strategy and bond with family and friends. Try having a game night in your house or hosting a game night for your child and their friends.

Have you seen our other top picks? 

Snapchat: A Teen’s Perspective

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What Is Snapchat?

Snapchat, an iOS and Android app since 2011, has recently been catching they eyes of the youth with its signature ghost. It is an app that can send pictures, but they disappear after ten seconds or less. All you do is “Take a Snap, Set the Timer, and Pick a Friend or a Stranger”. This app allows people to communicate with a picture, caption, and a drawing.

Why Is Snapchat Popular with Teens:

Teenagers just can’t get enough of this app. Just recently it has been a booming necessity to the day-to-day life of a teenager. The fact that teens can send selfies and not get judged is just a blessing (since that is what the app’s for… right?) Now with Snapchat’s new update, you can instantly change a photo to sepia, black and white, or negative! Who wouldn’t want to send a picture like that? Well these functions are only for those extreme snapchatters because you need the *“secret code”. Aside from the new effects, teens can spunk up a picture with the all new colors available. Even though it has been around for two years it’s just getting popular. Teens get to communicate by just sending a picture instead those complicates abbreviations and emojiis #hardwork. Not only is it rampant in the lives of teenagers, but also in adults’ lives too. It’s so easy to send a picture and five words and keep on moving.

Pros:

The major reason for this app is for the signature “disappearing”. The recipient can’t keep the picture for past the time limit. This is a great way to send fun pictures to friends that don’t necessarily need to be posted on Facebook or Instagram. However, since the picture vanishes some teens feel frisky and send nude pictures and videos. So it’d be a plus that the picture disappears and no one has it held over you to prove anything. Now teens feel they can send a naughty picture to their boy/girlfriend and not have a permanent remainder because on Snapchat the picture vanishes right before your eyes. Aside from the pictures, Snapchat even notifies you when someone’s opened your picture and what time exactly. With these quick snaps of your life people can connect in an easier way to keep up with friends.

Cons:

Entering the “Snapchat World” does not disable Screenshots. Therefore, if you just send someone a nude pic, it can easily be saved onto their phone. Snapchat does notify you when someone screenshots your picture too. But that doesn’t mean it is going to be deleted on the other person’s phone. Of course friends snapchat each other, but random people you don’t know can send a picture of who knows what.

What Parents Can Do About Snapchat:

Parents can inform their children about how the pictures sent can always be screenshot. Informing teens about the feasible privacy settings would also be a benefit. It asks whether to receive snaps from everyone in the “Snapchat World” or just your friends. By only selecting friends doesn’t mean you can’t get friend requests from others. However, blocking and declining requests can be done with just a swipe, and Snapchat doesn’t even tell the other person they were blocked/ denied. Not only does eliminating the randos and creepers help, but also minimizing the time your teen allows people to see the picture can make it harder for others to screenshot it. It’s harder to take a screenshot in three seconds versus ten. Also just asking the question “Would you feel okay posting this picture on Facebook, Instagram, etc.” could help that teen draw a line to what they send in the “Snapchat World”.

5 Best Board Games for Tweens

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These games are Teen Approved by our teen interns!

At Radical Parenting we believe that board games are a great way for families to bond and connect. We highly encourage our readers and teen interns to buy board games as gifts, bring board games on family vacations and always keep a board game on hand during free time.

We have chosen 5 of our favorite board games for tweens.

5 Best Board Games for Tweens: (Ages 10-13)

1. Clue

Clue is a fun game that gets tweens interacting and thinking. Guessing plots, characters and having to read people makes Clue the perfect game for teaching social skills and strategy. Perfect game for a tween game night.

Description of Clue: For generations, Mr Boddy has met his end at the hand of one of six legendary suspects in the classic detective game, CLUE. Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard are all here in Boddy Mansion. One of them has done away with Mr Boddy, but in which of the nine rooms (perhaps the Library, or Lounge, or Conservatory)? And which of the six weapons was used to commit this dastardly dead(the wrench, the rope, or maybe the trusty ol’ lead pipe)? Collect the right clues, make the right deductions, to determne who? where? which weapon? and you will solve the mystery and win the game.

2. Sorry!

We all wish our tweens said Sorry! a little bit more, well at least the game Sorry! will get kids and tweens playing this game of luck. Can get a little tense with families but is a good way to teach how to be a good winner and a good loser.

Description of Sorry! This classic game of luck, strategy, and determination is easy to grasp for children as young as 6 years old, yet it’s fun for adults and older siblings too. By drawing cards, players move their game pieces around the board, hoping to eventually accumulate all their pieces at the final destination–home sweet home. Sorry is known as the game of “sweet revenge,” since players can send each other’s pawns back to the starting line, thus forcing one another to lose ground and begin all over again. This kind of frustration may be hard for children under age 8 to handle. In fact, young ones typically crumble into tears of outrage when their pawns are cavalierly sent back. The only recourse is to teach children how to plot their own revenge, which makes them feel as powerful as superheroes.

3. Game of Life

This is a great game to inspire conversations with tweens about life choices, life stages and goals. Kids get to try out different life scenarios and then talk about where they want to be in 10, 20 or 30 years. Be sure to pause and chat while playing the game to talk through some of the choices and how it plays out in the real world.

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Description of the Game of Life: Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything’s possible with a spin of the Life wheel! A classic family game that can be a reality check–or just a fun time. –Margaret Quinn

4. Chess

Get kids starting to play Chess young! Even if you do not know how to play it is worth learning. Chess is a great game for the brain and can teach kids critical thinking skills and strategy like no other game. Have a running chess game going in your house and encourage your kids to play it while waiting for dinner or before bed as a way to quiet the mind.

Description of Chess: Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world’s most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent’s pieces, with the objective to ‘checkmate’ the opponent’s king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways, where neither player wins. The course of the game is divided into three phases: opening, middlegame, and endgame.

5. Backseat Drawing

I love drawing games but this one also encourages communication. Players have to get their partners to guess AND draw (without them knowing what they are drawing) so creative! This is the perfect game for siblings to learn how to communicate and work together.

Description of Backseat Drawing: The Hysterical Game of Sketchy Directions! Two teams race to identify drawings done by their own team members. But the artists don’t know what they are drawing-they can only follow the instructions given by another team member. Laughter erupts as players attempt to follow direction and to guess what is being drawn. With Backseat Drawing, there’s no time to stop and ask directions- the fun never stops! The Challenge Cards feature four languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. Play in the language of your choice! 4-10 players. 5 minutes to learn. 20-30 minutes per game.

Board games are an awesome way to learn strategy and bond with family and friends. Try having a game night in your house or hosting a game night for your child and their friends.

Have you seen our other top picks? 

Easy Ways to Help Your Teen Have A Productive Summer

Are you worried that your teen will spend all summer watching TV and playing video games? Have no fear! Here are my favorite online courses for teens to banish boredom and have a productive summer:

ACT Math

If your teen is starting the test prep process this online course will help them in ACT math in a visual way–much more than a book. If they need help with other standardized tests, try these resources:

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How to Score A Job 

This course helps teens who are looking for jobs or internships. They will get an extra edge from some of the topics to help them build a resume and contact recruiters. In this economy we could all use a little help!

Learn How to Make an iPad or iPhone App

Teens love their phones and apps are very popular right now. Can your teen think of something that they wish they had as an app? In this course, the teacher explains the basics of apps so teens can program one themselves. This is an amazing way for a teen to get hands on experience and add an interesting story to their resume or college application. Who knows it could even be a money maker?!

Speed Reading

I am not always a fan of speed reading, but for slow readers or students who are going to take a lot of English classes in college, speed reading can be a great skill to have. This course will teach teens how to speed read almost any kind of book and help them get in the habit of reading more not less.

Play the Ukulele

For $25 your teen can be an expert Ukulele player. It might seem silly, but playing any kind of instrument is great for a teen’s brain and is a much better summer activity than playing video games.

How Teens Can Produce Their Own Music

Do you have a musician or singer? Teens can spend the summer making,writing and publishing their own songs in Garage Band. This course teaches you the basics of making music in Garage Band–which is a relatively cheap and easy way for a teen to apply their musical talents this summer. Guitar lessons from takelessons.com are also an option and you can record the songs you learn using Garage Band.

Public Speaking 101

Everyone, no matter what they want to do in life should learn how to public speak. If your teen wants to push themselves have them take this course on public speaking–and maybe even sign up for a local toastmasters group to practice.

Exam Excellence: How to Ace Exams

Unfortunately teens need to know how to ace exams. Is there more to rocking an exam than just studying? This course teaches students how to best take an exam no matter what the material. A great skill for college!

How to Learn Programming Course

If your teen has any interest in computers, programming and web development is a great skill. Not only can teens use this for their personal use (building their own website or for school) but they can also list programming on their resume. The course, Become a Web Developer from Scratch is an introductory course so kids do not need any previous experience. It will also give them a new perspective on how the Internet works and after they will be able to create their own websites and apps for another resume building activity.

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Most teens need to start thinking about college early. This course helps students–both teens and parents learn about the college admissions process. They get tips and tricks for applying to college successfully.

Learn How to Be A Young Entrepreneur

Does your teen have a business idea? This course talks about first steps for start-ups and how to start a business. Dave Mcclure a mogul entrepreneur talks about how to raise money for a business. No matter what industry or job your teen decides to do, learning how to raise and ask for money is essential.

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Photoshop

Does your teen love taking photographs or are they interested in going into PR, design or fashion? Learning and understanding how to use photoshop is essential. This course will show teens how to use photoshop so they can add the skill to their resume.

Make Your Own Game

Teens love online games. This course helps teens learn how to make their own game from scratch. Not only is this a great way to challenge your teens (building a game is way more powerful than just playing a game), but also if they are interested in the video game industry, this is a great way for them to practice and get skills to list on their resume.

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Novel Writing Workshop

If your teen loves to write, they should consider trying to pen their own novel this summer. This will be great writing experience for them and flex their creative muscles. Not to mention how awesome a young writer looks to colleges and jobs. Encouraging your teen to do a novel will also help them get lost in their imagination–better than getting lost on the couch in front of the TV!

  • Young Adult Fiction Writing: If they are interested in writing Young Adult Fiction, this course is specifically for writers interested in that genre of writing.

Learn Microsoft Excel

Microsoft is a great tool for teens to add to their resumes! This course is for beginning and intermediate excel users and can help teens become knowledgable in excel which is needed for almost any workplace. The training explains Microsoft Excel starting with the absolute basics. The teacher slowly works students up through learning the various capabilities of the program, and covers basic to advanced formula and functions. You can also download the working files that allow you to work alongside the teacher.

  • Powerpoint: They might also consider this course on Powerpoint, which they can use for school or work and add to resumes.
  • Microsoft Word: Word is another application that teens use all the time for school–in both High School and College. The tricks in this course can give them an edge on school projects and in the workplace.

Cake Decorating 101

This course is simply fun–or maybe will inspire your teen to want to be a baker! This course is all about cake decorating and teens can practice their skills in the comfort of their kitchen and you get the benefit of being an official taster. Cake decorating encourages creativity and imagination (and certainly can win you a lot of friends who need to come over and taste your creations). This is also a way for teens to make a little extra money if they can decorate children’s birthday cakes.

Magician: How to Do Card Magic

If your teen wants a fun hobby, maybe they should consider learning how to do card magic. This can be a fun side activity for them to try and impress friends.

Computer Repair

Many parents and teens joke that the computer fixer in the house is the youngest person in the house. Is your teen the one who fixes all of your devices? Maybe it is time to consider making that a resume-listable skill. This course will teach your teen how to repair computers. This is great for resumes and a wonderful way for your teen to make a little side business to make extra money after school.

Learn Portuguese

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By the way, these courses are Teen Approved by our teen interns!

If you have a teen who loves language, maybe they want to consider picking up the basics of a new language over the summer to add to their resume.

Some Other Fun and Random Courses Your Teens Can Take This Summer:

Building Your Teen’s Resume

By the way we mention building a teen’s resume a lot in this post. If your teen has not started their resume, this is the perfect time to get them started! This book has the basics of starting your resume both online and offline: The Everything Resume Book: From Using Social Media to Choosing the Right Keywords, All You Need to Have a Resume That Stands Out From the Crowd! (Everything Series)  By Lin Grensing-Pophal

  • How to Set Goals: You can also check out this course on how to set goals to get your teen motivated!

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5 Best Books for Parents of Teens

What are the 5 parenting books that every parent of teens should read? It is a mission at Radical Parenting to increase reading and literacy. We also love supporting authors.

Here we have selected our top five favorite 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.

Best books for parents of teensDo I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen by Vanessa Van Petten

A shameless plug, of course our teens were happy to review this parenting book, written by a teen for teens and their parents.  Traditional, and dare we say radical tips from the founder of Radical Parenting.

Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s: Hanging In, Holding On and Letting Go of Your Teen by Carleton Kendrick

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.

“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.

Blessings of B Minus by Wendy Mogul

This book uses Jewish Principles to teach parents how to raise resilient kids and teens. Even though the principles are from Jewish philosophy this book is really helpful for parents of all religions and backgrounds.

We hope you will consider bringing more books into your own home. Feel free to leave us your favorite books in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like our list of favorite books for parents.

Need Ideas for Your Teen This Summer?

Are you worried that your teen will spend all summer watching TV and playing video games? Have no fear! Here are my favorite online courses for teens to banish boredom and have a productive summer:

Course: How Teens Can Produce Their Own Music

Do you have a musician or singer? Teens can spend the summer making,writing and publishing their own songs in Garage Band. This course teaches you the basics of making music in Garage Band–which is a relatively cheap and easy way for a teen to apply their musical talents this summer.

Public Speaking 101

Everyone, no matter what they want to do in life should learn how to public speak. If your teen wants to push themselves have them take this course on public speaking–and maybe even sign up for a local toastmasters group to practice.

Exam Excellence: How to Ace Exams

Unfortunately teens need to know how to ace exams. Is there more to rocking an exam than just studying? This course teaches students how to best take an exam no matter what the material. A great skill for college!

How to Learn Programming Course

If your teen has any interest in computers, programming and web development is a great skill. Not only can teens use this for their personal use (building their own website or for school) but they can also list programming on their resume. The course, Become a Web Developer from Scratch is an introductory course so kids do not need any previous experience. It will also give them a new perspective on how the Internet works and after they will be able to create their own websites and apps for another resume building activity.

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Most teens need to start thinking about college early. This course helps students–both teens and parents learn about the college admissions process. They get tips and tricks for applying to college successfully.

Learn How to Be A Young Entrepreneur

Does your teen have a business idea? This course talks about first steps for start-ups and how to start a business. Dave Mcclure a mogul entrepreneur talks about how to raise money for a business. No matter what industry or job your teen decides to do, learning how to raise and ask for money is essential.

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Photoshop

Does your teen love taking photographs or are they interested in going into PR, design or fashion? Learning and understanding how to use photoshop is essential. This course will show teens how to use photoshop so they can add the skill to their resume.

Make Your Own Game

Teens love online games. This course helps teens learn how to make their own game from scratch. Not only is this a great way to challenge your teens (building a game is way more powerful than just playing a game), but also if they are interested in the video game industry, this is a great way for them to practice and get skills to list on their resume.

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Novel Writing Workshop

If your teen loves to write, they should consider trying to pen their own novel this summer. This will be great writing experience for them and flex their creative muscles. Not to mention how awesome a young writer looks to colleges and jobs. Encouraging your teen to do a novel will also help them get lost in their imagination–better than getting lost on the couch in front of the TV!

  • Young Adult Fiction Writing: If they are interested in writing Young Adult Fiction, this course is specifically for writers interested in that genre of writing.

Learn Microsoft Excel

Microsoft is a great tool for teens to add to their resumes! This course is for beginning and intermediate excel users and can help teens become knowledgable in excel which is needed for almost any workplace. The training explains Microsoft Excel starting with the absolute basics. The teacher slowly works students up through learning the various capabilities of the program, and covers basic to advanced formula and functions. You can also download the working files that allow you to work alongside the teacher.

  • Powerpoint: They might also consider this course on Powerpoint, which they can use for school or work and add to resumes.
  • Microsoft Word: Word is another application that teens use all the time for school–in both High School and College. The tricks in this course can give them an edge on school projects and in the workplace.

Cake Decorating 101

This course is simply fun–or maybe will inspire your teen to want to be a baker! This course is all about cake decorating and teens can practice their skills in the comfort of their kitchen and you get the benefit of being an official taster. Cake decorating encourages creativity and imagination (and certainly can win you a lot of friends who need to come over and taste your creations). This is also a way for teens to make a little extra money if they can decorate children’s birthday cakes.

Magician: How to Do Card Magic

If your teen wants a fun hobby, maybe they should consider learning how to do card magic. This can be a fun side activity for them to try and impress friends.

Learn How to Make an iPad or iPhone App

Teens love their phones and apps are very popular right now. Can your teen think of something that they wish they had as an app? In this course, the teacher explains the basics of apps so teens can program one themselves. This is an amazing way for a teen to get hands on experience and add an interesting story to their resume or college application. Who knows it could even be a money maker?!

Speed Reading

I am not always a fan of speed reading, but for slow readers or students who are going to take a lot of English classes in college, speed reading can be a great skill to have. This course will teach teens how to speed read almost any kind of book and help them get in the habit of reading more not less.

Play the Ukulele

For $25 your teen can be an expert Ukulele player. It might seem silly, but playing any kind of instrument is great for a teen’s brain and is a much better summer activity than playing video games.

Computer Repair

Many parents and teens joke that the computer fixer in the house is the youngest person in the house. Is your teen the one who fixes all of your devices? Maybe it is time to consider making that a resume-listable skill. This course will teach your teen how to repair computers. This is great for resumes and a wonderful way for your teen to make a little side business to make extra money after school.

Learn Portuguese

If you have a teen who loves language, maybe they want to consider picking up the basics of a new language over the summer to add to their resume.

ACT Math

If your teen is starting the test prep process this online course will help them in ACT math in a visual way–much more than a book. If they need help with other standardized tests, try these resources:

How to Score A Job 

This course helps teens who are looking for jobs or internships. They will get an extra edge from some of the topics to help them build a resume and contact recruiters. In this economy we could all use a little help!

Some Other Fun and Random Courses Your Teens Can Take This Summer:

Building Your Teen’s Resume

By the way we mention building a teen’s resume a lot in this post. If your teen has not started their resume, this is the perfect time to get them started! This book has the basics of starting your resume both online and offline: The Everything Resume Book: From Using Social Media to Choosing the Right Keywords, All You Need to Have a Resume That Stands Out From the Crowd! (Everything Series)  By Lin Grensing-Pophal

  • How to Set Goals: You can also check out this course on how to set goals to get your teen motivated!

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5 Best Parenting Books

What are the 5 parenting books that every parent should read? It is a mission at Radical Parenting to increase reading and literacy. We also love supporting authors.

Here we have selected our top five favorite books for parents:

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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

This is an amazing book for parents that uses scientific studies to bust parenting myths and help give tools that actually work.

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents 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.

Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.

Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says might feel a little harsh, but can be a real wake up call to 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.

We hope you will consider bringing more books into your own home. Feel free to leave us your favorite books in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like our list of favorite books for parents at Radical Parenting.

5 Best Family Gifts

At Radical Parenting we always want special occasions to be celebrated right. What about when you want a gift the whole family can enjoy? This is hard to find especially when you have different age groups. Our interns have come up with some great gifts for families of all ages:

Best Family Gifts

1. Wii

Family video gaming is one of the most popular of modern digital technologies, cutting across age, demographic and gender divides. Wii is designed to encourage integration into existing home entertainment systems so it is easy to implement. Wii can get a family playing together and off the couch to be more active.

2. Fit Deck Junior

FitDeck is a unique deck of Exercise Playing Cards that makes exercise more simple, convenient, and fun. If the family wants to get in shape and make it fun you can use the FitDeck junior deck which has exercises for kids that the family can do together. It never gets boring and it is always challenging. Also easy to bring in the car to the park or toss into a drawer. Not many exercise systems can be used like that!

3. Cranium

Cranium is one of my family’s all time favorite games. This is played in teams and is wonderful because it is a combination of all the best games–drawing, humming, trivia and even sculpting! It has flexible play length, so whether you’re an artist, a singer, an actor, or a professional speller–there’s something for everyone in this classic board game.

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This is so cool and a surprise for everyone! The box is filled with an assortment of boredom-busting games and snacks. You can order this before a family vacation as a birthday treat, or care package.

5. Melissa and Doug Family Dinner Box of Questions

Need to get everyone talking at dinner time? The Melissa and Doug family dinner box of questions is a great thing to have around to get kids (and especially teens and tweens) talking, bonding and connecting.

Be sure to help your child write thank you notes so they are appreciative of all of the wonderful gifts they have received.

If you want to check out more gift ideas check out our Best Gifts Post.