Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Parenting Teenagers. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Over 3 million copies sold. Over 800 positive reviews. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the ultimate teenage success guide—now updated for the digital age. Imagine you had a roadmap—a step-by-step guide to help you get from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future. Your goals, your dreams, your plans…they’re all within reach. You just need the tools to help you get there. That’s what Sean Covey’s landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens , has been to millions of teens: a handbook to self-esteem and success. Now updated for the digital age, this classic book applies the timeless principles of 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. Covey provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and appreciate their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. Endorsed by high-achievers such as former 49ers quarterback Steve Young and 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen.
- Author: Sean Covey
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (May 27, 2014)
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1476764665
- Dimensions: 6.13 x 0.7 x 9.13 inches
2. Me and My Feelings: A Kids' Guide to Understanding and Expressing Themselves
When a big feeling comes along…you can handle it! Managing feelings for kids ages 7 to 10 Sometimes, emotions like anger or jealousy or excitement can seem too big to keep inside. Me and My Feelings is here to tell you: It’s okay to have big feelings. And the good news is, you can calm down those strong emotions―so you won’t feel like you’re going to explode! This book shows you how to stay in control―by breathing deeply, saying positive things to yourself, talking about your feelings, and more. You’ll learn to deal with all kind of feelings, including the hard ones like sadness, anxiety, or even fear. Inside Me and My Feelings , you’ll find: Everyone has emotions ―When you understand your own emotions and feelings, you can also be understanding of other people’s―like your family and friends. Ideas that help ―This book is packed with ways to help you handle your feelings. Try out the exercises to see which tips and tricks work best for you! Quizzes and activities ―Get to know yourself with quizzes like “Do My Emotions Rule Me?,” along with other fun exercises and activities especially for kids ages 7-10. With Me and My Feelings , the next time your big feelings get too big―you’ll know just what to do!
- Author: NBCT Vanessa Green Allen, M.Ed.
- Publisher: Althea Press (October 1, 2019)
- Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
- ISBN: 978-1641524964
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
3. Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys
An inclusive, body-positive guide to puberty for boys ages 8 to 14 Help your youngster progress from childhood to adulthood with a strong, confident appreciation of himself. This puberty book for boys offers essential guidance for helping your boy get through his adolescent years happily and healthily―so he can focus on all of the good stuff ahead. Cover the basics with a simple explanation of what puberty is and the growth to expect during that time. All changes are discussed in terms of overall health and well-being, with a focus on hygiene, managing emotions, and maintaining privacy. This puberty book for boys includes: Modern topics ―Find practical advice for handling today’s challenges like social media, peer pressure, and more. Easy definitions ―Get a glossary of puberty terms with simple definitions that help boys understand their changing bodies. Coping mechanisms ―Learn how to deal with strong emotions by tapping into creativity, exercising, or practicing mindfulness. Help your young boy confidently navigate adolescence with Growing Up Great .
- Author: Scott Todnem
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (July 30, 2019)
- Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Parenting
- ISBN: 978-1641524643
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.43 x 9 inches
4. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
The New York Times bestselling true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends—and better people—through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.
- Author: Martin Ganda
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (May 3, 2016)
- Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Parenting
- ISBN: 978-0316241335
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.13 x 8.25 inches
5. Therapy Games for Teens: 150 Activities to Improve Self-Esteem, Communication, and Coping Skills
Build teen self-esteem and communication skills with 150 simple, effective therapy games Planning thoughtful and productive therapy activities for teens doesn’t have to be a complex challenge or require a lot of specialized resources. Therapy Games for Teens makes it easier to reach them, with 150 games based in recreation therapy that help teens cope with stress, bullying, grief, anxiety, depression, and more. These fun and inclusive therapy games are designed specifically with teens in mind. Step-by-step instructions show you how to guide them as they practice everything from labeling their own emotions to creative ways of venting frustration, with techniques that incorporate mindfulness and self-reflection. Give teens the tools to navigate life’s challenges effectively, so they can grow up into confident, self-aware adults. Therapy Games for Teens helps: Put teens in control ―Designed for both groups and individuals, these therapy games use self-exploration and creative expression to help teens let their guard down and learn valuable coping skills. Discussion questions ―Each activity includes tips, talking points, and open-ended questions to help teens put what they learned into perspective and apply it to their lives. Practical and doable ―The therapy games use simple materials like pencils, paper, dry-erase boards, and tape so there’s no need for expensive or specialized tools. Help teens arm themselves with skills to manage their emotions and step into their potential.
- Author: Kevin Gruzewski CTRS
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (September 15, 2020)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
- ISBN: 978-1647397760
- Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
6. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An award-winning guide to the sometimes erratic and confusing behavior of teenage girls that explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry. Look for Under Pressure, the companion guide to coping with stress and anxiety among girls, available now. In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. 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. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions, including • My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond? • Do I tell my teen daughter that I’m checking her phone? • My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her? • Where’s the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder? • My teenage daughter wants to know why I’m against pot when it’s legal in some states. What should I say? • My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl’s mother to let her know? 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. BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD WINNER “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 “Anna Freud wrote in 1958, ‘There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves.’ In the intervening decades, the transition doesn’t appear to have gotten any easier which makes Untangled such a welcome new resource.” — The Boston Globe
- Author: Lisa Damour Ph.D.
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 4, 2017)
- Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Parenting
- ISBN: 978-0553393071
- Dimensions: 5.17 x 0.79 x 7.93 inches
7. 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager: Making the Most of Your Conversations and Connections
Today's teenagers are the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history --which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions , three rise above the rest: * Who am I? * Where do I fit? * What difference can I make? Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers : they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God's people, and they are invited into God's greater story. In this book, which is based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and combines in-depth interviews with data from 1,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential. "If you love and care about teenagers, read this book." - Christine Caine , founder of A21 and Propel Women
- Author: Kara Powell
- Publisher: Baker Books (August 3, 2021)
- Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Churches & Church Leadership
- ISBN: 978-0801093388
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
8. How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting - from Tots to Teens
How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes is a clear, actionable, sometimes humorous (but always science-based) guide for parents on how to shape their kids into honest, kind, generous, confident, independent, and resilient people...who just might save the world one day. As an award-winning science journalist, Melinda Wenner Moyer was regularly asked to investigate and address all kinds of parenting questions: how to potty train, when and whether to get vaccines, and how to help kids sleep through the night. But as Melinda's children grew, she found that one huge area was ignored in the realm of parenting advice: How do we make sure our kids don't grow up to be assholes? On social media, in the news, and from the highest levels of government, kids are increasingly getting the message that being selfish, obnoxious, and cruel is okay. Hate crimes among children and teens are rising, while compassion among teens has been dropping. We know, of course, that young people have the capacity for great empathy, resilience, and action, and we all want to bring up kids who will help build a better tomorrow. But how do we actually do this? How do we raise children who are kind, considerate, and ethical inside and outside the home, who will grow into adults committed to making the world a better place? How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes is a deeply researched, evidence-based primer that provides a fresh, often surprising perspective on parenting issues, from toddlerhood through the teenage years. First, Melinda outlines the traits we want our children to possess - including honesty, generosity, and antiracism - and then she provides scientifically based strategies that will help parents instill those characteristics in their kids. Learn how to raise the kind of kids you actually want to hang out with - and who just might save the world.
- Author: Melinda Wenner Moyer
- Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Parenting, Teenagers
9. Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You
'Maisie Hill has written a bloody brilliant book (pun intended). Everything you need to know about periods and how they affect you and your life is here. It's revolutionary' - Miranda Sawyer 'Thank GOODNESS for Maisie Hill! Flipping open the lid on a vital conversation. It's about time we claimed the power of our periods!' - Gemma Cairney, broadcaster & co-founder of Boom Shakalaka Productions 'This is such an important book. Maisie's insights and cycle strategy have changed my life and my cycle. Period Power is written with such intelligence, humour and a deep understanding of women's health. If you have a period you need to read this book.' - Anna Jones, author of The Modern Cook's Year A profound and practical blueprint for aligning daily life with your menstrual cycle. Period Power is the handbook to periods and hormones that will leave you wondering why the hell nobody told you this sooner. The hormones of the menstrual cycle profoundly influence our energy, mood and behaviour, but all too often we're taught that our hormones make us unreliable, moody bitches, or that it's our lot in life to put up with 'women's problems'. Maisie Hill, a women's health practitioner, knows the power of working with the menstrual cycle and refuses to accept this theory. Instead, Maisie believes that our hormones are there to serve us and, if utilized correctly, can be used to help you get what you want out of life. Yes, we are hormonal, and that's a very good thing. This revolutionary book reveals everything you need to know about taking control of your menstrual cycle and outlines The Cycle Strategy to help us perform at our best, throughout our cycle. In Period Power you will discover how to: - maximise your natural superpowers each month while making adjustments for the darker days, and use Maisie's favourite tips to improve them - identify your personal patterns, powers and pitfalls for each phase of the menstrual cycle - plan your month to perform at your best in all aspects of your life - figure out if you have a hormonal imbalance and what to do about it. Period Power is a no-nonsense guide with all the tools you need to improve your menstrual health.
- Author: Maisie Hill
- Publisher: Green Tree; 1st edition (May 2, 2019)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Health, Fitness & Dieting
10. The Girls Body Book (Fifth Edition): Everything Girls Need to Know for Growing Up! (Puberty Guide, Girl Body Changes, Health Education Book, Parenting Topics, Social Skills, Books for Growing Up)
The updated fifth edition of the #1 bestselling Girl’s Body Book includes everything you need to know about growing up, even the embarrassing stuff. From periods to peer pressure, puberty can be a confusing time for pre-teens and parents alike. The newly updated fifth edition of the Girl’s Body Book helps prepare girls and their parents for the ups and downs of puberty, middle school, and everything in between, including topical issues like school safety and #MeToo. Covering body changes, personal hygiene, self-confidence, and leadership, the Girl’s Body Book helps prepare girls for puberty and beyond.
- Author: Kelli Dunham RN BSN
- Publisher: Applesauce Press; 5th edition (May 1, 2019)
- Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
- ISBN: 978-1604338331