I love to read and books challenge the mind. As I come across titles that offer new vantage points and practical ideas for parents, I’ll be sure to share them here. Your time is too valuable to be perusing the internet for resources when you could be spending that time with your kid. Here’s my list of recommended titles for parents of teenagers.
The Body Image Workbook for Teens by Julia V. Taylor provides tangible activities and exercises to help your teenager enhance their self-esteem, while teaching effective coping skills to combat negative thinking and poor body image. This workbook will give your teen practice in embracing and harnessing their best self.
For parents who want to tap into their child’s intrinsic motivation, Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers, is a great place to start. As teenagers are coming into their own, parents can help their teens foster their strengths that lead to motivation and enable them to thrive.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina breaks down complex research for a layperson to understand. What’s best about the book is that it explains how we can capitalize on our brain power. This is a great read for parents to understand how and when the minds work best.
If you read Gary D. Chapman’s first edition, you realize what a gift this insight can be. In The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively, Chapman helps parents understand the journey their teen is going through, while offering perspective to strengthen ties between parent and child.
If your teen is often in an anxious emotional state, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry by Lisa M. Schabb provides techniques to help minimize feelings of anxiety. The exercises are easy for your teen to do and encourages introspection so teens can tap into their inner-strength and resilience to overcome anxiety.
Who wouldn’t want their child to be more self-assured, organized and motivated? The The ADHD Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Motivation and Confidence by Lara Honos-Webb comes with a host of exercises to give teens practice in personal reflection to enhance their confidence with academic tasks, relationships, and practical life skills. Very handy and easy to use.
If you are looking to get a firmer sense of male social dynamics and to learn about and support your teenage son, then Rosalind Wiseman’s book, Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, is the resource for you. The perspective is very eye-opening as it offers the emotional complexities of growing up as a boy, along with unspoken rules that often impact male social circles.
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman offers a raw and real understanding of female social hierarchies and expectations, parents will gain valuable insight to guide their daughter to establishing and maintaining a healthy self-concept as well as healthy relationships.
Dr. Daniel Siegal’s book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenager Brain delves into brain research of the adolescent mind. He debunks common myths about teenage behaviors while offering ways for parents to capitalize teen on this brain power. He sees adolescence as an opportunity of tremendous growth and opportunity, despite the tumultuous developmental stage of adolescence.
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