Current Date:March 30, 2020

10 Great Reads for Parenting Tweens & Teens!

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

– Anthony E. Wolf

Now that’s quite an exciting title for a book!  If you are the parent of an adolescent, often helpless on how to deal with them, you’re in the right place! The book explains the basic issues of adolescence, at the same time providing practical advice on how to improve and strengthen your parent-child relationship.

 

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

– Daniel J. Siegel MD

Teenage is the time, when young minds are easily affected, susceptible and vulnerable. If parents are able to communicate effectively with their teens, understand his or her challenges and work together with them towards a solution, the results are nothing short of magical! In fact,  positive encouragement during the receptive teenage years can lead to sensible, successful and mature adults.

 

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed

– Jessica Lahey

Every parent wants to raise their child to become responsible, resilient, and independent adults.  However, their “overprotectiveness” sometimes kills the entire idea. A lot of parents try to keep their children away from problems and hardships, which in turn affects their ability to face real-life hardships when they grow up. Parents learn to step back, let go and embrace their children’s failures. The child, in turn, can think and come up with his own ideas and solutions tackle problems.

 

The Power of Showing up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

– Daniel J. Siegel , Tina Payne Bryson

This is one radical book that stresses on the importance of being there for the child, physically and spending quality time with him or her. Studies show that children blossom the best, when at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them. While it doesn’t take a lot of time, energy, or money, just the quality presence of a parent can positively impact the child’s development.

 

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

– Shefali Tsabary

One of the most profound books that examine parenting from a different angle, it goes into the heart of the problems that parents have with children, challenging society’s dependence on discipline,  and urging the reader to let go of fear-based ideologies. This read could actually change one’s entire perspective on parenting.

 

Playful Parenting

– Lawrence J. Cohen

Yet another interesting read, the book talks about how parents need to sometimes let their guard down, and become a part of their child’s world, take part in their fun and games. This would lead to fostering a healthy and happy bond between them. At the same time, they get a glimpse of what their child’s life is all about.

 

How to Talk so Teens will Listen & Listen so Teens will Talk

– Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Adolescence has always been a tough time but the pressures that teenagers face today are somehow greater than the pressures that many parents face in their own teenage years. Sprinkled liberally with innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships, the book teaches parents how to be more emphatic towards their teenage children.

 

Weird Parenting Wins

– Hillary Frank

When traditional parenting methods fail to work, it may help to try something out of the ordinary!  Now, this book is a treasure trove of tips for dealing with kids of all ages, on a wide array of topics ranging from ‘Crazy ways to get your baby to stop crying’ to the ‘Art of Getting Your Child to Tell You Things’. It celebrates the fact that every parent and kid is unique, and have unique personal dynamics in dealing with each other. 

 

Radical Parenting: Seven Steps To a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World

– Brad Blanton

As the name suggests, this book full of the revolutionary ideas, is ideal for parents who really want to transcend the limitations of the family and culture in which they were raised. The content is based on the most recent scientific research on psychological growth and development. The book tries to show parents how to parent consciously, so they can prevent crippling their children in the same ways they were crippled in their own families and schools. It also contains a lot of practical examples of what to attend to with children from the beginning of their life, and how to be with them as they grow.

 

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

– Philippa Perry

Every parent wants their child to be happy and maintain a close relationship with them. But how do you achieve that? In this absorbing, clever and funny book, you get to read all about it and more – The quintessential dos and don’ts of parenting. The advice and suggestions are refreshing and non-judgemental touching on versatile and interesting topics like understand how your own upbringing may affect your parenting; accept that you will make mistakes and learn what you can do about them; break negative cycles and many more! 

Well, this brings us to the end of the list –  Happy Reading Folks!

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