5 of the Best Books on Parenting Teens

You may have noticed that your little one isn’t so little anymore, so in order to keep up with your new adolescent, you may need to tweak your parenting style .

Parenting a teen can bring its challenges. However, there are several books that cover this tricky period and provide effective approaches and guidance. Despite their abundance, finding good resources to help you through your teenager’s years can still be a daunting task. So here are the 5 best books on parenting teens that will help you support your child’s hardest years and understand the issues that adolescents face today.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlich
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A bestselling, timeless classic created by communication experts who offer fresh insights, tested methods and effective ways to cope with children and teens. With real-life examples, this book teaches parents to deal with frustrations and negative attitudes. It also discusses ways to set firm limits, punishments and suggestions for resolving family conflicts. Both parents and professionals have praised Faber and Mazlich for their understanding and respectful approach to parenting children of all ages.

Teenagers Translated: How to Raise Happy Teens

Janey Downshire and Naella Grew
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This is a book that offers a positive approach with simple strategies to help parents support their teen in a happy, open environment. The authors focus on ways to help teenagers feel supported while also offering communication strategies and guidance on drugs, sex, bullying and eating disorders. They also provide advice with technology and media influences. The book encourages forward thinking and helps parents understand why teenagers behave as they do, and how their actions as parents can affect their teen’s judgments and standards.

Parenting Teens With Love And Logic

Foster Cline & Jim Fay
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The emphasis on both love and logic have made this an extremely popular parenting guide. The book explains the necessity of consistency, and offers various methods of parenting which are effective and easy to implement in everyday life. The author also offers dialogue and communication guidance for sensitive issues such as drugs and sex. The ‘love and logic’ approach focuses on the need to maintain a healthy, loving relationship with teens but also teaches that decisions and mistakes lead to logical consequences.

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager

Anthony E. Wolf
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A new edition of the bestselling guide that offers witty and compassionate advice for parents raising adolescents. The author identifies the basic issues for teenagers as well as complex issues such as alcohol, drugs, sexuality and the Internet. Anthony Wolf explains teen behavior in a way that educates parents about their child’s need for love, guidance and compassion. He offers a range of real-life situations and suggests methods of dealing with different obstacles whilst also explaining why teenagers act as they do.

Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens

Laura Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt
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A humorous parenting guide that offers wisdom and insight into the teen brain. Adolescent expert Dr. Kastner explains how to stay calm when dealing with hot-headed issues: from attitude problems and lying, to discussions of sex and drug use. The author offers strategies and suggestions, down to earth advice and analyses on where parents often go wrong when it comes to conflicts, responses and parenting approaches.

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