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8 Best Books for Parenting Teens

by | Mar 13, 2024 | Parenting, Teens

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Are you the parent of a teen? Enjoy these 7 best books for parenting teens!

I tried to think about where I have looked over the years to help us when we were frustrated or upset, or just needing a few pointers. When it comes to parenting, here are 8 of my favorite go-to best books for parenting teens.

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If you are looking for help parenting your teen…

These books plus a couple more will help so much!

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This post is from my original post, and these were the 6 books I started with!

Enjoy!

#1 Best Books For Parenting Teens: Teen Proofing

Teen-Proofing by John Rosemond I have to say that John Rosemond is my parenting mentor, guru, go-to guy!!!!!!! We have every single book of his, or did have, because I have loaned out some and never got them back!

He is amazing. No nonsense, but loving strategies that work. He terms himself as a parent, as someone who uses “grandma’s law”. I love him!

If you have toddlers, then Making the Terrible Twos Terrific was awesome, that’s the first book of his that I read. I have recommended it hundreds of times to personal friends and families that I have come into contact as a preschool teacher.

Teen-Proofing research was begun by him as a parent of teenagers himself years ago. This is a great book to refer back to again and again, as are all of his books. “Managing teens so they make self-protective rather than self-destructive decisions is teen-proofing.” The book is full of real world examples that are simple to implement.

#2 Best Books For Parenting Teens: Learned Optimism

Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman This was a book that I had to read back when I was teaching elementary school, long before I had my own kids, let alone teenagers, but it was so good that I held onto it.

On the back of the book, the blurb says, “…Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I-give-up’ habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue.

These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.”

Huh! That’s a big mouthful, but really it means that you can learn how to talk to yourself in a more  positive way. It’s a bit text book-y, but really interesting.

I do recommend it because it gives real life examples and you really can use the information to change your life for the better, which in turn will help your kids, your marriage, really all aspects of your life. It truly might save someone’s life with some of these strategies.

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#3 Best Books For Parenting Teens: The Optimistic Child

The Optimistic Child is a sequel to Seligman’s first book with children specifically in mind. It shows the relationship between what children think and how it affects their lives.

“This book shows that learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression in children but also boosts school performance improves physical health. It provides them with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and adulthood.”

Again, a bit textbook-y, but so applicable! I have tried to use many of the strategies with my kids in conversations over the years. As I skim through to write this post, I am amazed at all the strategies that I could still use, and thinking maybe I will reread a chapter or two!

You can teach your child how to talk to him or herself in their own heads. It is amazing how negative we can be to our own selves. This book and his first show how this is a skill that can be taught (and learned!)  Both for adults and kids. Try it:)

#4 Best Books For Parenting Teens: The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch  Ok, this is a gem. Pausch wrote this as a “last lecture” which many professors are asked to do imagining that it is the end of their life and wanting to share a great lesson. He actually was dying, and it truly was his last lecture. But, the book isn’t about dying.

His lecture and the book are all about LIVING. I have read snippets and chapters out loud to my kids at bedtime, in the car on trips, in the middle of a teenage drama scene in our own house…  His words are great, and not to be forgotten. Life is too short, so get busy!

#5 Best Books For Parenting Teens: Cleaning House

 Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wyma This book is hilarious. It is the journal of Wyma’s year of working with her family to get back to the real world. She has a great writing voice, and I loved everything she had to say.

Wyma breaks down each month’s goal into bite-sized chunks, gives advice to the reader about the ups and downs of living through this experience.

She has a blog called The MOAT blog www.themoatblog.com  (MOAT stands for A Mother of Adolescents and Teens) which I recommend. She did a bootcamp this past summer with her Cleaning House goals in mind.

I have 3 boys, and the last thing that I want a future daughter-in-law to say to me is that my sons don’t know how to help around the house. All of my boys know how to cook and clean, among other things. It was nice to read her book for affirmation that I am not the only “mean mom” around!

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#6 Best Books For Parenting Teens: Ending the Homework Hassle

Ending the Homework Hassle by John Rosemond  

I told you that I was crazy about this guy! This is a book that we have gone back to again and again over the years. Such practical and user-friendly advice.

We have used many of his strategies, and I will have to say ALL have worked. His advice is the type that you do a face slap and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

I’m a teacher, and I wish that I had known about this guy back when I was in my 4th grade classroom. The main thing that I like about this book is that it helps the parent move the child to independence at school which leads to more success at school.

#7 Best Books For Parenting Teens: Smart, But Scattered

Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare 

This book is a new one for me, but I really like everything in it! It explains how our teens’ brains are still developing, and this is why there can be so many issues going on with them especially with their ability to get anything accomplished.

This is not just a book for parents with kids that have ADHD.It is for parents that are constantly nagging their kids to get through the day. The authors give “critical tools needed to solve problems, manage time, and perform tasks.”– Library Journal

#8 Best Books For Parenting Teens: College Bound

College Bound: The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School is the book I wrote when we first had a middle schooler, and we had no idea what we needed to do to get him launched into college or anywhere! I wrote about 14 conversations to have with your teens to start the thinking process for college or wherever your teen may decide to go…

I hope these suggestions help you along your parenting path!

I always like to have a parenting book with me as well as a book for pleasure. Actually, I’m such a book nerd, that I love non-fiction parent-help books just as much, maybe even more than some fiction because they are so helpful. It’s always good to feel smarter at the end of the day.

This list of great books for parenting teenagers, mindful parenting, and positive parenting techniques has helped my husband and I so much -I hope it helps you too…

Good luck, and let me know if you have any books for parenting teens that you would recommend!

More Best Books For Parenting Teens Recommended By Our Loyal NPP Readers!

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic -Susan L. swears this got her through the teen years!

Get Your Teenager Talking -Gina B. loved this one to break through teenage boy silence.

Have a New Teenager by Friday -Jo S. is a big Leman fan, and says this is her favorite of his books.

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