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Books for parenting teenagers

books on parenting teenagers

Books for Parenting Teenagers

books on parenting teenagers

Books for Parenting Teenagers

Parenting teenagers is so different from parenting little kids. Maybe you feel you’ve finally got the hang of parenting and then when you reach the teenage years everything changes again and you find yourself confused, locked in power struggles and wondering where your child has gone.

Perhaps you may even remember your own teenage years and the power struggles you had with your own parents?

If your anything like me you are searching for the best books on parenting teenagers and wanting to learn how to best support them during this time.

Thankfully we now have access to more information and there are some fantastic books which can help you understand your teenager, especially when it comes to their developing brains.

I’ve listed in this article my top 5 books on parenting teenagers.


How to talk so teens will listen and listen so teens will talk

Parenting teenagers can be a difficult time for some families. Depending on your parenting style the teen years could highlight some gaps in communication which become more problematic as a child becomes a teenager. The teenage years can be a bit of a shock. A teenager will suddenly retreat into their bedroom more often, can be more moody and sullen and a parent can be confused on how to navigate these years.

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish transformed parenting with their breakthrough, bestselling books Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Now, they return with this essential guide that tackles the tough issues teens and parents face today.

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth style sure to appeal to both parents and teens, this all-new volume offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence

untangled guiding teenager girls through the seven transitions into adulthood

This is such a great book for helping parents understand their daughters behaviour. 

A highly engaging and informed guide for parents of daughters, Lisa Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself.

Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

Praise for Untangled

“Finally, there’s some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. [Untangled] is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come across in a long time.”The Washington Post

Brainstorm by Daniel J Siegel The Power and Purpose of The Teenage Brain

Daniel J Siegel is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist and he co wrote this fantastic book with Tina Payne Bryson, Parenting Expert.

In this pioneering, practical book they demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem-and feel-so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

What do you say by William Stixrud Phd and Ned Johnson books for raising kids

Johnson and Stixrud have 60 years combined experience talking to kids one-on-one, and the most common question they get when out speaking to parents and educators is: What do you say?

While many adults understand the importance and power of the philosophies behind the books that dominate the parenting bestseller list, parents are often left wondering how to put those concepts into action.

 In What Do You Say?, Johnson and Stixrud show how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with defining and demonstrating the basic principles of listening and speaking. Then they show new ways to handle specific, thorny topics of the sort that usually end in parent/kid standoffs: delivering constructive feedback to kids; discussing boundaries around technology; explaining sleep and their brains; the anxiety of current events; and family problem-solving.

What Do You Say? is a manual and map that will immediately transform parents’ ability to navigate complex terrain and train their minds and hearts to communicate ever more successfully


the teenage brain book by frances e jensen

Why is it that the behaviour of teenagers can be so odd? As they grow older, young children steadily improve their sense of how to behave, and then all of a sudden, they can become totally uncommunicative, wildly emotional and completely unpredictable.

We used to think that erratic teenage behaviour was due to a sudden surge in hormones, but modern neuroscience shows us that this isn’t true. The Teenage Brain is a journey through the new discoveries that show us exactly what happens to the brain in this crucial period, how it dictates teenagers’ behaviour, and how the experiences of our teenage years are what shape our attitudes, and often our happiness in later life.

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